Newt Gingrich — who is one of the few serious contenders for the 2012 Republican Presidential nod, unless you agree with Bill O'Reilly that he's not that serious — has been held back in the past by what some call his, uh, monogamy problems. Which is a nice way of putting it, kind of like calling that gross Rick Santorum joke a "Google problem." A mean way of putting it would be to say Newt has a "cheating on women with fatal diseases problem."
The former Speaker of the House has been divorced twice and publicly admitted to cheating. He left his first wife when she was diagnosed with cancer (visiting her in the hospital to discuss their split), and then left the woman he left her for when the second woman was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis — after cheating on her. If I were his current mistress, I would go to the oncologist, like, every day.
In an interview today with the Christian Broadcast Network, Newt tried to come clean:
"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… I found that I felt compelled to seek God's forgiveness. Not God's understanding, but God's forgiveness."
He also, of course, subtly suggests that he cheated because he loved America. Gingrich, for the record, remains firmly opposed to gay marriage (it would weaken the sacrament) and has dodged direct questions about the contradictions that might pose, when considered aside his personal life. He has not yet announced his intention to run, but has formed an official exploratory campaign.