Thursday, August 12, 2010

Give it up, Newt

I never thought that Newt Gingrich was much of a threat for the 2012 GOP nomination, but the details in Esquire from his first two wives should be enough of a killer of those vain hopes. Not only did he propose to his second wife, Marianne, while his first wife was in the hospital recovering from uterine cancer, but he did something similarly sleazy when he dumped Marianne for his third wife. And then he cheated on Marianne just when she was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. And while the impeachment scandal was going on. And while he was giving speeches about family values. Quite a guy. He may not be able to live with the opportunities lost, but he's yesterday's news and would just embarrass himself if he truly threw his hat into the ring for 2012. It's probably all self-hype to try to get reporters to pay attention to him but it's clear that his time has passed. He can go around giving speeches and launching his own little think tanks, but he will never be a major political figure again. He had his chance and he blew it. And he has his own personal foibles to blame.