CNN's John King talked to former Bushie and Republican operative Ed Gillespie about whether we should actually take flame thrower Newt Gingrich's presidential run seriously and they focused in on whether it might bother voters that he's been married three times. What they failed to note is that the details of his two divorces and how that somehow squares with him being a so-called "Christian conservative" are completely at odds with each other and that hypocrisy might bother voters quite a bit more than the number of marriages he's had.
The HuffPo laid out a timeline of Gingrich's divorces and affairs here -- Newt Gingrich: Marriages, Divorces, Affairs Timeline.
And our corporate media continues to ignore that he left one of his wives while she was recovering from cancer surgery. So much for those family values. And as John wrote about here earlier this year, David Frum criticized Gingrich for not just dumping one sick wife, but two.
Fox "News" can attempt to clean up Gingrich's image all they want along with some of their fellow enablers in our corporate media as CNN did here, but I don't think there's enough lipstick out there to cover up this pig. Gingrich is nothing but a huge flaming hypocrite who says inflammatory things every chance he gets and I don't think he's any more a serious candidate for president than Trump was.
Transcript via CNN:
KING: We asked about Newt Gingrich, opinion of Newt Gingrich in our poll -- 30 percent favorable, 44 percent unfavorable, 26 percent, unsure.
A 44 percent unfavorable is not a good place to start a campaign for president.
GILLESPIE: I think that 2012 is going to be a very big election. It's going to be over big things -- the direction of the country, the economy, national security, the war on terror, all the things that are in play.
And the bigger, the better, I suspect, for Speaker Gingrich. You know, he's someone who revels in big ideas. And so, you know, I think some of these concerns, legitimate concerns. He's going to have to address them. But I think his bet is, though people will look past some of those concerns because -- because he has the kind of big ideas that the country's looking for now.
KING: Do you think a concern they will look past -- and you hear this when you talk to social conservatives in Iowa, social conservatives in South Carolina, is the that fact he's been married three times?
GILLESPIE: That will be an issue for a segment of the Republican primary electorate, in particularly, in the two early states you mentioned, in Iowa and South Carolina.
But, look, you know, if the concern over, you know, a third marriage is disqualifying in the voters' minds, Gingrich is not going to be able to convince them otherwise. They're outside his reach from the get-go. I don't think they're a majority of the voters though and he's got to piece together a coalition of voters who don't have that, don't consider that to be disqualifying in order to capture the nomination.
And, you know, the fact that the rules have changed in the Republican primary in a way where many of the states, you know, in March, are proportional delegates, you know, that may mitigate against that in some ways.