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Newt Gingrich Starts To Evolve

Jim Burroway

December 20th, 2012

Republican Former House Speaker and GOP presidential candidate New Gingrich took time out from writing a book of historical fiction (can he really tell the difference?) to discuss with HuffPo’s about what he thinks went wrong in the 2012 Presidential election. Buried deep into the article is this nugget:

On gay marriage, meanwhile, Gingrich argued that Republicans could no longer close their eyes to the course of public opinion. While he continued to profess a belief that marriage is defined as being between a man and a woman, he suggested that the party (and he himself) could accept a distinction between a “marriage in a church from a legal document issued by the state” — the latter being acceptable.

“I think that this will be much more difficult than immigration for conservatism to come to grips with,” he said, noting that the debate’s dynamics had changed after state referenda began resulting in the legalization of same-sex marriage. “It is in every family. It is in every community. The momentum is clearly now in the direction in finding some way to … accommodate and deal with reality. And the reality is going to be that in a number of American states — and it will be more after 2014 — gay relationships will be legal, period.”

Stepping back from the political, Gingrich noted that he has a personal stake in the gay marriage debate. His half-sister works at the Human Rights Campaign. He has gay friends who’ve gotten married in Iowa. The man who once compared same-sex marriage to paganism is now worried that the Republican Party could find itself trapped in a bygone era on the matter.

There are limits to Gingrich’s evolution his grip on reality — he thinks that either he or Texas Gov. Rick “Oops” Perry would have done better against Obama than Romney. But even with his tenuous hold on reality he acknowledges of “reality” of legal same-sex marriages.

One thing I find revealing is this:

“I didn’t think that was inevitable 10 or 15 years ago, when we passed the Defense of Marriage Act,” he said. “It didn’t seem at the time to be anything like as big a wave of change as we are now seeing.”

DOMA was passed on the premise that without it, same-sex marriage would sweep the nation, which is why it had to be passed right now.  Today he admits that he didn’t think it was inevitable after all. It just goes to show how truly cynical the law really is.

 

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Raybob
December 20th, 2012 | LINK

Yippee!
I don’t care about a church wedding at all. I do care about federal recognition and benefits.

Um, and it is “Newt” Gingrich, and the word is “tenuous”.

Michael C
December 20th, 2012 | LINK

“…the party (and he himself) could accept a distinction between a “marriage in a church from a legal document issued by the state”

I sure should hope so. When has a religious ceremony ever been a requirement for civil marriage?

Ben In Oakland
December 20th, 2012 | LINK

Gingrich? Evolve? I thought all current reptiles were the end product of that particular chain of evolutionary succession.

You would have done better against Obama? Honey, you didn’t even do well against R-money. Ooh. i made a poem.
Admittedly, R-money came in second and Obama came in next to last. So, maybe.

As for your “evolution” on gay marriage? Myohmyohmyohmy. You’re admitting that all of your previous arguments were false, and all of the marriage proponent arguments were true, even though those arguments didn’t change? Could this have, perhaps, a teensy bit more to do with your party’s trying to use marriage as a wedge issue, and this time, failing rather handily?

Newtie, you’re simply the same soulless, self-serving, lacking-in-principle hypocrite you’ve always been, with the morals of an alley cat and the compassion of a rattlesnake. Niot surprisingly, very much like the party whose soul seems to resemble yours, but without the smarts.

This is the reason for your failure, not Rmoney.

Tara TASW
December 20th, 2012 | LINK

I thought Newt believed marriage was between a man and whichever mistress he dumped the last wife for.

Steve
December 21st, 2012 | LINK

Except that its an interesting distinction; love under god (in a church), and love otherwise.
Because love, matrimonial love, is related/connected to God.
That in the sense of God, and our understanding of God through love, that the two are inseparable, always have been inseparable, and always will be inseparable.

DN
December 21st, 2012 | LINK

Newt loves to evolve away from traditional, biblical morality. For example, twice now he’s evolved away from his married spouse in favor of his mistress.

No, he’s not a cynical, calculating politician…. perish the thought! :)

CPT_Doom
December 21st, 2012 | LINK

I love how Newt suddenly finds that this distinction between civil and religious marriage exists, seeing as his “marriage” to his current “wife” – the one who took $$ in exchange for sexual favors over the 6-year period she was on salary to the Speakers’ office and undermining his then-marriage – was actually celebrated twice, and only the first time was the legal one. Calista is such a good Catholic – except for the whole adultery thing, of course – that she insisted their marriage be recognized by the Roman Catholic Church, requiring Newt not only to convert, but to renounce his previous two marriages as immoral mistakes and label his children are bastards. This took place several years after he dumped Marianne for Calista.

Rob
December 28th, 2012 | LINK

Saying that Newt is evolving is like saying a chameleon evolves when it changes colour to match its environment. Anyone who thinks Newt Gingrich evolves is as delusional as he. If the tide of public opinion suddenly turned dark and began mirror that of Iran or Saudi Arabia, he would be lighting the burning torches used to roast us.

I first came across him when I was a history major at the same college where he was teaching history. He was a narcissistic swine then, and nothing in his public life since has given me reason to change my opinion. Based on a couple of interviews of his half sister, it is pretty clear they are not close.

It might interest people that Newt is the only one in his family who pronounces his last name in the English fashion. Rather than Ging-riCH, it is pronounced in the German fashion of Ging-ricK. People from his hometown who knew the family also use the German-style pronunciation.

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