Put aside for a moment the saga of Scooter, and turn to Newt. Gingrich. The thrice married serial infidel, the mastermind of the Republican "revolution," the dark horse presidential wannabee.
In a heart-to-heart with James Dobson of Focus on the Family, Newt admits that he was having an extramarital affair with the current Mrs. Newt, a congressional aid twenty years his junior, during the same period of time that he was perorating against Bill Clinton for his dalliance with Monica Lewinsky. Read on.
That he was having affairs is not fresh news, nor is his callous dumping of the first Mrs. Newt while she was in the hospital following cancer surgery. Nor is it much of a surprise that he is having a come-to-Jesus moment with Dobson (Focus on the what?) as a way of getting his Lothario past out on the table before joining the increasingly sketchy field of Republican candidates. Giulliani must be jumping for joy to have someone whose sexual and marital history makes his own look Puritanical.
No, what astonishes in all this is the double helix of sexual and political hypocrisy he wraps himself in. It was not hypocritical of him to lead the charge against Bill Clinton the way he did, he tells Dobson, because it wasn't the sexual behavior that he was judging, it was the fact that Clinton commited felony level crimes of perjury and obstruction of justice -- albeit about a blow job.
Says the Newt, "I drew a line in my mind that said, 'Even though I run the risk of being deeply embarrassed, and even though at a purely personal level I am not rendering judgment on another human being, (wanna make a bet?) as a leader of the government trying to uphold the rule of law, I have no choice except to move forward and say that you cannot accept ... perjury in your highest officials."
As we know, the Republics are waxing hysteric about Scooter's guilty verdicts, and demanding a presidential pardon sooner rather than later. (And it's only a question of when, not if.)
So let's see if the newly repentant Newt steps forward to remind his fellow hypocrites "that you cannot accept . . .perjury in your highest officials." Even when it's one of your own.