In advance of what is looking more an more like a presidential run in 2012, Newt Gingrich recently raised some eyebrows with his interview with the Christian Broadcasting Network’s David Brody in which he explained his past indiscretions (marital infidelities) by blaming his love for this country. Yes, the meme that sprang from this was that Gingrich cheated on his wives because of his patriotism. Or, as Stephen Colbert put it last night, Gingrich “really just wanted to screw America.”
Gingrich’s past marital infidelities are certain to be raised by his political opponents in the coming year and a half, and so its probably somewhat politically expedient for Gingrich to get ahead of this meme. Best to deal with jokes and snipes of this sort in Spring of 2011 than in Fall of 2012. However, if the “Gingrich wants to screw America” joke takes flight and has some persistent media play, well, that could pose a more significant problem for the GOP candidate.
Watch the clip below, courtesy of Comedy Central:
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