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One Man, Two Women

Jim Burroway

January 19th, 2012

Marianne (wife #2) and Newt Gingrich. You've really gotta keep your eyes on him girls.

What a day. Going into tonight’s CNN Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, it’s hard to know what the biggest news item will be. Rick rolled, Santorum bubbled up to the top, and now this: former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s second wife revealed that he presented her with the “option”  of an open marriage as a fait accompli — he was already sleeping with a “devout Catholic” mistress who would later become wife #3 while he was still married to wife #2. And he dropped this bombshell on wife #2 shortly after she was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis and his doctor warned the two of them that she should avoid stress. Stress results in more rapid deterioration for MS patients.

So now we have a pattern. Gingrich left wife #1 while she was battling cancer, and started sleeping with a woman who would become wife #2 even though he had not yet divorced wife #1. He then demanded wife #2 to allow him to have sex with a woman who would become wife #3 after she was diagnosed with MS. His hypocrisy goes without saying (denouncing Clinton’s affairs, demanding “one-man-one-woman” marriage in the federal constitution), but it does raise the question that is far more pertinent of someone who wants to be the President of the United States: are there no limits to his narcissism?

A piece of advice for Calista: whatever you do, don’t discuss your doctor’s appointments with your husband.

Joe.My.God has a new nickname for Gingrich: “Swingrich.” Dan Savage jumps in to say that this nickname is totally unfair. To swingers

The sad thing though is that this will almost certainly have no impact on Saturday’s South Carolina primary where several polls show Gingrich in the lead. After all, all is forgiven at the foot of the rugged cross, isn’t it? Well, almost all. I’m sure it would all be very different if he had left either of his first two wives for a handsome Israeli naval officer.

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Erin
January 19th, 2012 | LINK

Don’t cut him that slack with the Narcissist label. He is a full-on psychopath.

Jimi
January 20th, 2012 | LINK

Forget Swingrich. Won’t take. I am using “to gingrich” as a verb for what CPOS’s do. We all know what it means.

JohnAGJ
January 20th, 2012 | LINK

I get your point but that “handsome Israeli naval officer” vehemently denies having an affair with McGreevey. Instead he claims that he is a victim of sexual harassment and assault. He has a website where he tells his own story:

http://www.cipelgolan.com/

It’s been a long time since I thought about the McGreevey mess so I really don’t know what to make of this. However, I thought it should be mentioned since you alluded to it.

dave
January 20th, 2012 | LINK

Marriage is between one man and as many women as you can bed down.

TampaZeke
January 20th, 2012 | LINK

I couldn’t bare to watch the interview with wife number two (W#2) but I’m curious. When W#2 was telling her story of what a L/CSOS* Gingrich was, did she mention, or apologize to W#1 for, being a BIG part of doing to her (W#1) what Gingrich and W#3 did to her (W#2)?

It just seems to me that when you’re one half of a L/CSOS pair you don’t have much room to self-righteously complain about your partner in crime being a L/CSOS.

* L/CSOS – Lying/Cheating Sack of Sh!t

Ian
January 20th, 2012 | LINK

I think he left out some words when he said marriage is between a man and a woman.

Marriage is between one man and one woman [in each bed].

Charles
January 20th, 2012 | LINK

Wait, wait, Gringrich is a new man. He has confessed his sins and has now converted to Roman Catholicism. It is something that is allowed for heterosexuals to do. However, people who have same sex attraction must remain celibate and silent or they are considered radical gay activists.

Iamposterity
January 20th, 2012 | LINK

Get’em all BBT!

Richard Rush
January 20th, 2012 | LINK

I guess the lesson here is that the very worst examples of heterosexual marriages/relationships involving lying/cheating/deception/abuse are always far superior to the best homosexual marriages/relationships.

And as we recently learned from Rick Santorum, who many consider to also be qualified for the presidency: a child is much better off with a mom and dad even if dad is in prison, than he/she would be with two moms or two dads who both have jobs and managed to stay out of prison.

I always like to be open to learning new things, especially from those who are smart enough and qualified enough to be president of the exceptional United States of America.

SharonB
January 20th, 2012 | LINK

If said Gingrich was a Democrat (i.e., outgroup member) all the passes granted him by the Christianists would be null and void. Then you’d see just how fast they would cast the first stone.

Rob in San Diego
January 21st, 2012 | LINK

A “handsome israeli naval officer”….?

Why would he do that, that’s not patriotic, he should go for the Handsome American Soldier instead.

Darina
January 21st, 2012 | LINK

Oh come on, a married man having a concubine on the side is such a traditional marriage! :P

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