Newt Gingrich Talks “Forgiveness” for Past Transgressions

In an interview with CBN’s David Brody, Former Speaker of the House and potential GOP candidate for President, Newt Gingrich, discussed his past transgressions and his search for God’s forgiveness.  Video and transcript are posted below.

As you probably know by now, I try not to weigh in on political figures private lives; unless that is, they make them public.  I’m not sure that this story falls within that rare exception so I’ll keep my commentary light.

If Newt decides to enter this race (when Newt decides to enter this race), he is going to have to answer a multitude of questions about his past and his personal life.  He was once the face of “in your face” conservatism and he fell from grace when stories of extramarital affairs trickled out in a flood, so that is more than reasonable, I suppose.

That said, I’d like to think we live in a world where people get second chances and in a country that still has a little respect for the private lives of our public figures.  Sure, Newt’s past is relevant; not from a political perspective, but for the purpose of measuring the man behind the political talking points.

As far as I am concerned the matter is closed.  Newt will be “judged” by a higher power than I possess, so my measure of Newt will be based upon his words and actions; not his past.  I can’t say that I am particularly fond of either his words or his actions in recent years, so I guess that’s a push… That is if he decides to run.


From CBN:

Transcript from Outsidethebeltway

“There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.

And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them. I found that I felt compelled to seek God’s forgiveness. Not God’s understanding, but God’s forgiveness. I do believe in a forgiving God. And I think most people, deep down in their hearts hope there’s a forgiving God.

Somebody once said that when we’re young, we seek justice, but as we get older, we seek mercy. There’s something to that, I think. I feel that I’m now 67 I’m a grandfather. I have two wonderful grandchildren. I have two wonderful daughters and two great sons in law. Callista and I have a great marriage.

I think that I’ve learned an immense amount. And I do feel, in that sense, that God has given me, has blessed me with an opportunity as a person. Forget about all this political stuff. As a person, I’ve had the opportunity to have a wonderful life, to find myself now, truly enjoying the depths of my life in ways that I never dreamed it was possible to have a life that was that nice.”


The Left, Right, and everywhere in between are all over this.  No shocker there.

Curious what the angle is though for the Lefties.  Aren’t they the ones that give Dems passes when scandals emerge in their private lives?  Aren’t they the folks that purport to “not care” about matters such as this in the first place?

Guess not.




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  3 comments for “Newt Gingrich Talks “Forgiveness” for Past Transgressions

  1. Jamie Waters
    March 9, 2011 at 1:59 pm

    You dont care that he cheated on his wives? Not even that he did so while trying to impeach President Clinton for cheating on his wife Hillary? You are not much for conservative values are you?

    • March 9, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      First of all. I do appreciate the comment even if it does come as an assualt on both my intelligence and my take on conservatism.

      To your first point. I care about his affair like I care about any other affair I hear about. Its disheartening and I am sad for the other parties, family, children, etc; but I just don’t care as it comes to politics.

      I do think it is regretable to see a politician use his political influence or political position to preach one thing and practice another, but I do believe private lives can be severable from public service. In fact, I think its a necessity.

      A man or woman that runs for office telling me what a great church-going Christian he/she is tells me nothing. I am no more confident in that person that I am the person that says nothing that he/she will live a moral and sound life away from the cameras. Because of that I choose to give little weight either way – outside of something major in their background.

      Call me a realist or even a pessimist if you will, but in a country with a divorce rate north of 50%, I think we’d have to tank half the field if we knocked off everyone with a “past.”

      As to your Clinton impeachment reference. Really? He wasn’t nearly ousted for cheating on his wife. He was nearly made premature former president because he committed perjury. End of story.

      To you last point/insult. My take on “conservatism” does give great deference to traditional conservative values but they are very individual in nature as was intended by our Founders. I do not intend to pass judgment on any man for what they do in their marital chamber or outside of it as the task would be far greater than I am capable of weighing in on.

    • David Roberts
      November 14, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      I would be more inclined to think it was because the transgression was performed in the Oval Office and was a direct affront to the Office of the President.

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