Newt Gingrich might just be the new flavor of the month, says political pundit David Freddoso.
This Republican presidential cycle has featured many candidates that have vied for the role of Not Mitt Romney. Michele Bachmann, Rick Perry and Herman Cain have all dominated the field at some point over the last three months. Freddoso suggests Gingrich, who converted to Catholicism in 2009, might be next.
Should Catholics promote a Gingrich candidacy? Or should his three marriages be a deal breaker?
For decades, Democrats claimed that Newt Gingrich handed divorce papers to his wife on her death bed. Turns out, that’s a lie. In fact, she was the one who wanted the divorce and it ended amicably. Oh, and she didn’t die in 1981, when they got divorced. In fact, Jackie Gingrich is still alive.
Like voting for Reagan in 1980 or McCain in 2008, I might be disappointed in the divorce, I would not consider it a deal breaker. But Newt’s second marriage to Marianne didn’t last until death do us part either. In fact, he cheated on her. And the “other woman” became Newt’s third wife.
But wait! Didn’t Newt convert to Catholicism? Doesn’t that mean that he’s performed an Act of Contrition and has been absolved of his sins? Yes, that’s very true. And Americans are a very forgiving people.
But does that mean we should promote him to be the leader of our country?
Right now we are in the middle of a national debate on what the nature of marriage is. The Republican Party’s platform calls for keeping marriage solely as a union of one man and one woman. President Obama, by stark contrast, has refused to enforce the Defense of Marriage Act and he has strongly opposed state marriage amendments.
Imagine what supporters of same-sex marriage will say if Newt Gingrich becomes the GOP nominee? “Newt Gingrich has been married three times, but he won’t let gays get married once.”
Is that fair? Maybe not. Does it matter if it’s fair? No.
Just so everyone is clear. I think there’s no doubt that Newt Gingrich is a brilliant man, with considerable talents. I think he would make a great Special Adviser to the President. I just have deep reservations of him becoming the standard bearer of the Republican Party.
Am I being too harsh? What do you think of Newt Gingrich? Should Catholics give him a shot?