Taken together, they raise the question of the "flake factor" when it comes to a Gingrich candidacy. There's a problem when you combine verbal indiscipline with the desire to cultivate a reputation for thinking deep thoughts: You are bound to wander into some pretty hard-to-explain territory sometimes.
Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.