Newt Gingrich admitted on Focus on the Family with James Dobson  that he had an extramartial affair  during the Clinton/Lewinsky era:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich was having an extramarital affair even as he led the charge against President Clinton over the Monica Lewinsky affair, he acknowledged in an interview with a conservative Christian group.

“The honest answer is yes,” Gingrich, a potential 2008 Republican presidential candidate, said in an interview with Focus on the Family founder James Dobson to be aired Friday, according to a transcript provided to The Associated Press. “There are times that I have fallen short of my own standards. There’s certainly times when I’ve fallen short of God’s standards.”

Gingrich argued in the interview, however, that he should not be viewed as a hypocrite for pursuing Clinton’s infidelity.

“The president of the United States got in trouble for committing a felony in front of a sitting federal judge,” the former Georgia congressman said of Clinton’s 1998 House impeachment on perjury and obstruction of justice charges. “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, 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.”

The program will be available online Thursday and Friday. Click here to listen.

Michelle Malkin weighs in on the issue saying:

We are all, as I said earlier today, fallible people. And conservatives are willing to forgive. Whether they’ll buy into Gingrich as the best standard-bearer for the party and most deserving candidate for commander-in-chief–as opposed to anything more than the quick-thinking debater, cable TV guest, and lecturer that he is–is another matter. In any case, his new admission is probably not going to help with these ratings.

Well all I can say is who is perfect?  There is always some dirt.  Whether they admit it themselves or someone else digs it up–we will find a skeleton in their closet–perhaps even our own.  I do commend Newt for his honesty in admitting his infidelity-we all fall short of the glory of God.  That is more than Clinton did–remember “I did not have sexual relations with that woman?”  Clinton did not even have the courtesy or respect to call Monica Lewinsky by her  name – let alone admit the truth when first asked about the alleged “affair.”  What Newt did today is courageous – he told the truth – and that is a rarity.

I hope the American people can be as forgiving of Newt as they were of Bill Clinton.  I end this with a quote from the Bible, “Be careful who you judge for you may be guilty of the same”  -  sooner or later.

Crossposted from The HILL Chronicles

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