Looks like the hard right is flocking to Newt Gingrich's defense in anticipation of his ex-wife's interview which is set to air this week on ABC. It's amazing to me that the folks that declare themselves the defenders of family values are so willing to compromise their convictions for someone who shares their same political ideology (read: tax cuts). Here's what the Bash Brothers of the GOP, Rush Limbaugh and Sarah Palin, had to say today in defense of Gingrich. I'm sure they would have been equally understanding and forgiving had this been a former spouse of Obama (or Gore, or Kerry, or Clinton):
Palin on Hannity: I call them dumbarses. They, thinking that by trotting out this old Gingrich divorce interview that’s old news — and it does feature a disgruntled ex, claiming that it would destroy his campaign — all it does, Sean, is incentive conservatives and independents who are so sick of the politics of personal destruction, because it’s played so selectively by media, that their target, in this case Newt, he’s now going to soar even more. Because we know the game now, and we just won’t put up with it. So, good call media! Way to go to covertly hype this, even Gingrich opponents, for being so brilliant they sure are dumb.
Limbaugh: I got a great note from a friend of mine. “So Newt wanted an open marriage. BFD. At least he asked his wife for permission instead of cheating on her. That’s a mark of character, in my book. Newt’s a victim. We all are. Ours is the horniest generation.” [...] That’s from a good friend of mine, “Newt’s slogan ought to, ‘Hell, yes, I wanted it.’” (laughing) I’m sharing with you how some people are reacting to this.
Rush Limbaugh married his fourth wife in 2010.
Also of note, Gingy's ex bears a striking physical resemblence to what I envision the US economy looking like should a Republican regain control of the White House: BANGED UP.