Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Ashley Madison for Newt Gingrich

A website that promotes adultery has endorsed Newt Gingrich for president, and even erected a giant billboard in Pennsylvania to announce it. Next to a picture of Gingrich making a "shh" gesture, the billboard reads: "Faithful Republican, Unfaithful Husband." Ashleymadison.com, a dating website for people looking to cheat on their spouses, welcomes visitors with the tag line, "Life is short, Have an affair." Gingrich has admitted to cheating on his wives, and Noel Biderman, the founder of the cheaters website explained, "Now that Newt is the leading contender in the race for the GOP nomination, we felt compelled to make a point to illustrate how times have changed when a serial divorcee/adulterer is capturing the hearts of the American people."

I would just like to repeat -- again -- that the issue is not, or should not be, that Newt has been unfaithful. While we call his judgement and self-control into question, his past philandering is a private matter. Rather, the issue is that he has been an extraordinary hypocrite, and it's actually quite hilarious now that he claims to have changed, all the while continuing to be an aggressive right-wing moralizer.

I would further like to note that Newt is not "capturing the hearts of the American people." Even right-wing Iowa Republicans appear to have had enough of him.

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