How would the average American voter define hypocrisy? Would the average American voter define hypocrisy as the claim that “I did not have sexual relations with that woman…Miss Lewinsky?” or would the average American voter define hypocrisy as the GOP-supported claim that the late dictator, Saddam Hussein, had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) when he in fact did not have them and was just bluffing before the run-up to the Iraq liberation in 2003? Regardless of what one’s personal definition of hypocrisy is, the accusation of hypocrisy is, of late, being thrown around increasingly at former GOP Speaker of the House, Newt Gingrich, in light of an allegation by his ex-wife of an open marriage.
The shocking claim—sure to be shocking to voters in a country that was built on Judeo-Christian values—was recently made by Gingrich’s ex-wife on the ABC news program Nightline. Marianne Gingrich, who was the second wife of the former Speaker, claimed that the former Speaker had given her an ultimatum: either an open marriage or a divorce. While the credibility behind allowing an ex-wife onto a news program just so she can shoot barbs at her former husband might well be aggressively questioned by Gingrich supporters and those who are sick of the news media’s seemingly liberal slant, the accusation is sure to dog the former Speaker. In fact, it has already stirred the ire of the predictable Gingrich foes, such as gays and those who are openly left-wing (that means you, New York Times).
In the Nightline interview, Marianne Gingrich goes into the juicy details of how Newt Gingrich allegedly broached the subject of open marriage with her. The former Speaker apparently blamed his second ex-wife for wanting him all to herself, while his then-mistress (and now current wife, Callista) apparently did not care what the former Speaker did! Wow! If true, this attribution by Gingrich’s second ex-wife to Callista Gingrich would sure please adulterers such as former Democrat President Bill Clinton, former GOP Governor of South Carolina Mark Sanford and former Democrat Governor of New York Eliot Spitzer!
Now, despite the fact that the damaging interview with Marianne Gingrich on Nightline offered absolutely no balance in the form of corroboration, special interest groups are already sinking their teeth at this unsupported claim, eager to point their finger at the former Speaker and shout, “Hypocrite!” Prominent among these special interest groups is Truth Wins Out and its homosexual gay rights advocate-founder, Wayne Besen. Besen’s group is, according to Wikipedia, an organization set up to do battle with what it considers religious extremism from an anti-gay standpoint.
Even though the accusation by Marianne Gingrich is just that—an accusation with no independent corroboration—Besen has already come out with guns blazing against the former GOP Speaker. Deeming Gingrich’s cowardice of his refusal to comment on this accusation to the press as “inappropriate,” Besen tore into Gingrich as someone without a conscience for his hypocrisy. To gay rights advocates like Besen, of course, the charge of hypocrisy against the former Speaker has all to do with family values, specifically the family values that Gingrich championed when he was holding political office. According to Besen, the former Speaker has put in a lot of effort to frustrate the desire of LGBT people (LGBT is an acronym that stands for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender) who want to get hitched. This is true, based on information available at the Advocate.com, which briefly chronicles Gingrich’s support for the reinstatement of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell and an amendment to the U.S. Constitution that would outlaw same-sex marriage.
People who represent special interests, like Besen, and Gingrich’s political enemies on the left believe that the former Speaker is a hypocrite because he failed to live up to family values, the same family values he uses to oppose gay marriage. However, what those special interests and political enemies on the left are conveniently ignoring is the fact that the accusation of an open marriage by the second ex-wife is just that: an accusation and nothing more. At this point, no one has independently come forward to back up what Marianne Gingrich has alleged, and Gingrich’s grown daughters have actually sided with the former Speaker on this controversy and denied the accusation.