Rush runs to Newt’s defense:
So Newt wanted an open marriage. BFD. At least he asked his wife for permission instead of cheating on her. That’s a mark of character, in my book. Newt’s a victim. We all are. Ours is the horniest generation. We were soldiers in the sex revolution. We were tempted by everything from Bob and Carol and Ted and Alice to Plato’s retreat, Deep Throat to no fault divorce. Many of us paid the ultimate price, AIDS, abortion, or alimony for the cultural marching orders we got. Hell, for all I know we should be getting disability from the government.
Meh. I can see that liberals are jumping all over this, but the fact that someone wanted to have sex out of wedlock isn’t that big of a deal.
Some people are saying it’s bad because he was deceiving his wife, but it’s an integral part of the human condition to be deceived. And if you marry Newt Gingrich, who lies daily to the entire country, I don’t think you can pretend that honesty is really what you’re looking for in a man.
Some people are talking up the hypocrisy angle, and I can see the point there, but, really, that’s not why this story is getting posted on almost every politics site out there. It’s because we think it’s salacious. And because we’re apt to think it’s salacious right until we get off, we’re also likely to want to control other people’s sexuality. Those two go hand-in-hand.
Hypocrisy is as hypocrisy does. There are a thousand reasons Newt Gingrich should never work in public office, but this is just silliness.