Debra J. Saunders

The 1997 House vote to reprimand Gingrich was hardly partisan; it was 395-28. Republicans were beginning to see that Gingrich hurt them more than he helped them. When the GOP lost five House seats in 1998, Gingrich was forced to resign. He had lost his party's trust.

I don't want to think about the fact that Gingrich started dating his last two wives while married to the first two wives. Impossible, it's like looking at Cyrano de Bergerac and not seeing his big nose.

Problem is, you cannot delineate between his personal life and his public life. The Newter won't let you. He insists on parading third wife Callista, who had a role in his conversion to Catholicism, in a "Callista and I" tour to promote core American values and stave off secularism. Leave it to Gingrich to pump up his family values credentials by joining a church that does not recognize divorce.

Gingrich later explained his extramarital activities as "partially driven by how passionately" he "felt about this country." He makes you roll your eyes. Listen to Gingrich long enough and you'll feel like one of his ex-wives.

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