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Politics shaken, not stirred
The meeting of the minds.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich (left) and James Wigderson October 26, 2010 at the Waukesha Expo Center
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Posted by James Wigderson on Saturday, December 18, 2010 at 2:38 pm Filed under Library & Pub · Tagged with Newt Gingrich
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Basically what you’re saying is that you’re going to give me sh*t for saying that people shouldn’t jump all over John Edwards over something that he did a while ago, when his family is grieving over the death of his wife. After all, John Edwards is the scum of the Earth for cheating on said wife while she was fighting cancer.
But you’ll do a freaking photo op with Newt Gingrich, who cheated on his first wife while she was fighting cancer, and went to the hospital to discuss the divorce while she was recovering from surgery for that cancer? The Newt Gingrich who had an affair with his second wife while he was crucifying Bill Clinton for doing the same?
You’re the hypocrite on the right.
John Foust Reply:December 18th, 2010 at 9:40 pm
John Edwards was scum? Oh no, he said it was wrong for Mrs. Edwards to not reveal her husband’s affair.
He may be the one on the right, but his wallet was a bit lighter for the privilege.
John Foust Reply:December 20th, 2010 at 3:11 pm
Wigderson has since informed me that he did not pay to attend this event or get this photograph. There was, however, a repository at the door where you could donate a piece of your mind or soul.
James Wigderson Reply:December 20th, 2010 at 12:44 pm
Nick, nothing hypocritical at all. (Although I always find it interesting how when one is a libertarian the only sin left to be recognized is hypocrisy.) I readily concede that Gingrich’s personal life will be a part of any post-mortem examination of his life. How could it not? It certainly is one of the impediments that could very well prevent him from becoming President of the United States.
It does not change the accomplishments of the man and the reasons why Gingrich is a nationally known figure. He engineered the Republican takeover of the House of Representatives in 1994. He was Speaker of the House. He was a gifted politician, and he is a brilliant political strategist. He is a compelling visionary. He is also an interesting historian and author.
You can have specific criticisms of him, fine. But let’s at least acknowledge that his entire biography will not be defined by his disastrous marriage record, any more than Russ Feingold’s will.
I do need to correct you on one point. The impeachment charges against Clinton were for perjury, not for personal misconduct. I assume that even over in libertarian land perjury is still a punishable offense.
Finally, I confess to some irritation at being criticized for taking a photo opportunity with former Speaker Gingrich by you of all people. After all, when Ron Paul’s racism was publicly exposed, you were more than ready to defend him.
Personal character only matters so far as someone shares Schweitzer’s worldview, and that is very hypocritical.
You and Dawn Rizos, keeping Newt’s dream alive.
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