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The Guys You'll Meet on Earth But Not in Heaven: The Newt of All Evil
For Newt, these affairs gave him a reputation for "High Infidelity."
Here is the story of a guy who is best avoided on earth but who actually believes he will get to heaven despite a rather incredible history of arrogance, hypocrisy and cruelty to women. He has been quoted to proclaim, "I'm 68 and a grandfather and God has forgiven me." Well, see what you think about that.
Newt Gingrich was born in 1943 in Pennsylvania. While in high school he developed a crush on his geometry teacher and told friends that his plan was to marry her. At the age of 19, while in college, he married his former teacher, Jackie, who was 7 years older than him. Newt's family boycotted the wedding. The marriage enabled him to get a deferment from the Vietnam war draft during the 1960s. During the next several years Jackie had 2 children and paid Newt's college and graduate school expenses including his Ph. D. bill.
By 1976, allegations of Newt's infidelity were getting into the press but Newt ran for Congress in 1978 on a campaign slogan promoting Family Values. It went something like this---"Let Our Family Represent Your Family." He was elected while Anne Manning went public about having had oral sex with Newt during that campaign. She reported that Newt always wanted to be able to say---"I never slept with that woman," and so the cheating was always limited to oral sex.
Meanwhile, his wife Jackie was not well. She was eventually operated on for uterine cancer and while recovering in the hospital Newt visited her to discuss the divorce that later occurred in 1980. Apparently, Newt had confided to friends that Jackie was not young enough or pretty enough to be a First Lady. By 1981 he had already remarried Marianne, who was 15 years younger than Jackie. Meanwhile, the First Baptist church had to take up a collection to support Jackie and her kids because Newt refused to pay alimony and child support.
But no, Newt wasn't finished. He would later say that because he loved America so much he worked too hard and then "Things Happened." And so, after Marianne was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis, Newt eventually sought out a younger and healthier woman. Incredibly, while Newt (as Speaker of the House) tried to get President Clinton impeached for having an affair with a female staffer— during that time he was having an affair with a female staffer named Callista. Some time later, after giving a speech on Family Values in 1999, he divorced wife #2 and ended up marrying wife #3, Callista in 2000. It was later reported that along with Callista came an open credit line at Tiffany's Jewelry Co. for over $250,000.
For Newt, these affairs gave him a reputation for "High Infidelity." In his characteristic, over the top manner, Newt then converted from Baptist religion to Catholicism (Callista's religion ) to secure forgiveness. He believes this has occurred and therefore Americans will forgive his adultery and vote for him. But, the trail of blunders left by Newt will not soon be forgotten.
Here's what some of his former political colleagues are still saying:
Representative Peter King (NY)---"Newt has a superiority complex, but I don't think he has much to be superior about."
Senator Tom Coburn (OK)--- "He's the last person I'd vote for for President of the United States."
Representative Joe Scarborough (FL)----"Newt is a bad person; he's not a nice human being."
While Newt had some significant political success in Congress, he clearly started to mess things up to the point where he had to resign his post as House Speaker under pressure in 1998. He had been investigated by the House Ethics Committee about a 4 million dollar book advance, and was reprimanded by a vote of 395 to 28 for using tax-exempt donations to fund a college course he taught while in congress for money.
Following his political career, he made John Edward's $400 haircuts look pitiful as he developed a penchant for luxury jets, hotel rooms with 2 bathrooms, and had more than a Breakfast at Tiffany's with Callista. He made millions from Freddie Mac, received $60,000 per speech and eventually amassed a 150 million dollar financial empire.
So, what do you think? Even though Newt has broken a few commandments at least a few times, he believes he's been forgiven. Lots of gain-----but, not much pain!
But, if you're in a room with Newt these days and his phone rings, you will not hear some biblical verse or gospel song as his ring tone. No! --- what you will hear is "Dancing Queen" from Mamma Mia. Listen to the lyrics and you'll know where Newt has been and where he is going — even as a 68-year-old grandfather!
"You can dance, You can jive,
Having the time of your life.
See that girl, Watch that scene
Diggin' the Dancing Queen"