Sunday, November 06, 2005


This morning on ABC's This Week, Newt Gingrich said that flip-flopping to follow the polls was (from memory) the most atrocious thing that goes on in Washington.

Setting aside the murder rate in the District (41.8 per 100,000 people, compared to 12.5 in Louisiana, the state with the highest rate in the same year), and the outing of a covert CIA agent, allegations of insider trading against the Senate Majority Leader, and massive election finance violations by Tom DeLay, Jack Abramoff and a growing circle of friends, we are still left with this tasteful display:

The most notorious incident in Gingrich's marriage -- first reported by David Osborne in Mother Jones magazine in 1984 -- was when he cornered Jackie in her hospital room where she was recovering from uterine cancer surgery and insisted on discussing the terms of the divorce he was seeking.

Shortly after that infamous encounter, Gingrich refused to pay his alimony and child-support payments. The First Baptist Church in his hometown had to take up a collection to support the family Gingrich had deserted.

Six months after divorcing Jackie, Gingrich married a younger woman, Marianne, with whom he had been having an affair.
I don't know, maybe that's just my liberal, pro-family, pro-national security, anti-crime, pro-honesty values showing through.

He also claimed that the Republicans are the "natural party of reform." This was true when they didn't control both Houses and the White House. Now that they do, they are what we call the natural party of the status quo. The natural party of reform is almost always the party that is not in power.

He knows that, because he saw what happened as the Republican party moved from minority status to the majority. And in ten years, the Republican party has reached levels of corruption and criminality that the Democrats never dreamed of.