The PJ Tatler

Newt Gingrich Addresses His Personal Baggage (Updated)

Now that the former speaker is rising in the polls, he is bound to have to address a few things. It’s part of the process. Today on CBN he started on dealing with his personal life..

“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.”

He added: “”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 do feel, in that sense, that God has given me, has blessed me with an opportunity as a person.”

Video at the link.

Update: I posted this Friday without comment, but something about Gingrich’s answer nagged at me a bit. There is a potential problem in it, and here’s what I think it is. In the first paragraph, Gingrich says the stress of his work led to his problems. I’m not disputing that. He has undoubtedly held stressful positions in Washington. And he is certainly older and hopefully wiser now. But the the job he is now seeking is probably orders of magnitude more stressful than any he has held before.