Last night during the CNN Republican presidential candidate debate, former Speaker of the House and current narcissist-in-chief Newt Gingrich dared to blurt out:
"To take an ex-wife and make it two days before the primary a significant question in a presidential campaign is as close to despicable as anything I can imagine," Gingrich told King, the moderator of the debate."
He's kidding, right? Surely some people will find it "despicable" for Newt to have cheated on his wife for six years. And some might think it "despicable" for a man to be lecturing others on immorality while he is at the same exact moment cheating on his wife. And how about arguing with your first wife over the details of the divorce you're seeking while she is in the hospital recovering from surgery? Maybe that's just a teeny bit "despicable."
And what about having the sheer gall to claim on the Christian Broadcasting Network—of all places—that your serial infidelities occurred because of how "passionately" you felt about this country and "how hard you worked." That may not be "despicable," but surely it is one of the more pathetically self-aggrandizing excuses for bad behavior heard in public recently. And then, in that same interview, Newt implied that God had forgiven him for his "inappropriate" behavior.
And perhaps the Creator has seen fit to forgive Newt. And that's fine, but that would simply mean that Divine Providence has lower standards than I do.