It’s not very often that one has the chance to say I told you so, but today is one. The video above is ABC’s interview with Newt Gingrich’s ex wife Marianne, where she is talking about Newt’s moral worthiness to be President. I remember way back in October 2011 saying that Newt was the indefensible Republican and pointing out then, that it was Marianne who had the power to burst his pretentious little bubble of ever being the President. Then I said the following:
Married for eighteen years, after his earlier, messy, grubby little divorce, Marianne had supported him through thick and thin. But mostly thick. The scandals, the defeats have never made it an easy ride. He rewarded that support by throwing her over for another woman. He is finding that a Marianne scorned has a sharp tongue etched with bitterness.
“There was something strange and needy about him. He was impressed easily by position, status, money. He grew up poor and always wanted to be somebody, to make a difference, to prove himself, you know. He has to be historic to justify his life”
We will need to wait until after the publication has been widely read to see which way this will run. But back in the 1990’s Marianne once said she could end her husband’s career with a single interview.
Well, now that she has given the interview, it is clear it will not make life easy for Republicans who want to vote for ol’ fashioned American morality, but is it enough to derail the Newt campaign?
I think it might help some older Republicans find the strength to walk away from a serial hypocrite, but I think that even without the interview Newt’s chances were getting slimmer by the day. Perry’s endorsement today may, just may, keep him afloat for a state or two. His problems will continue. Newt might not keep hold of his wives, but in politics what matters is that you keep your dignity.
It was always going to be Romney right from the beginning. To paraphrase an old song, there are fifty ways to leave your campaign, but this is one of the less endearing – skewered by the bile and pent up spite of a repulsed ex-wife.
Class, ol Newt always had class.
Copyright David Macadam 2012