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New Information On Newt Gingrich’s Messy Divorce

December 26, 2011

This story matters as evangelicals in Iowa ponder their decision come next Tuesday night.

Newt Gingrich claims that it was his first wife, not Gingrich himself, who wanted their divorce in 1980, but court documents obtained by CNN appear to show otherwise.

The Republican presidential candidate, now in his third marriage, has been peppered with attacks and questions about his divorce from Jackie Gingrich for the past three decades.

Questions about his past — and what that past tells voters about his personal behavior — have re-emerged as he has returned to the political scene 13 years after he resigned as speaker of the House.

A new defense that has arisen as Gingrich entered the presidential race this year is the insistence that she, not he, wanted the divorce.

“Defendant shows that she has adequate and ample grounds for divorce, but that she does not desire one at this time,” her petition said.

“Although defendant does not admit that this marriage is irretrievably broken, defendant has been hopeful that an arrangement for temporary support of defendant and the two minor daughters of the parties could be mutually agreed upon without the intervention of this court,” her petition said. “All efforts to date have been unsuccessful.”

When CNN presented the information found in the divorce file to the Gingrich campaign, its spokesman stood by the contention that it was Gingrich’s ex-wife who asked for the divorce in 1980.

  1. Craig permalink
    December 29, 2011 9:47 AM

    I don’t think any of my divorced friends ever had a un~messy divorce. As a result more people [45%] are remaining unmarried but still playing house, having kids, and generally changing the fabric of what my childhood expirence. A one income father and a stay-at-home mother, a white picket fence, a dog, new cars, warm comfortable home, wanting for nothing.
    This was when America was strong. And Right.

    I read where Mel Gibson in Hollywood just settled for a half a billion dollars. That tops Mr. and all the Mrs’s Gingrich’s.


  2. Lee Nightbird permalink
    December 26, 2011 6:35 PM

    Although I do vote in every local election even if it’s for superintendent of obscene tatoo regulation, I rarely participate in the American presidential election circus, believing as I do that in reality some tribesman in Muckmud Jerkistan has approximately the same impact on the outcome as I do; and more than likely probably has somewhat better information on the candidates. Is there such a thing as object negativity, if not I hereby coin the phrase. Not that that’s necessarily a bad thing, good entertainment being as it were all but gone from the “mainstream” media, but the passions of the unlearned do tend to get heated a bit too easily and one risks the ire of an otherwise peaceful friend, or even God help us, a spouse if we profess an admiration for Ann Coulter, or Che Guevara, or Rufus Gump.
    Therein then lies the real value of these goings on, the undeniably entertaining misdirection for the public, while the resultant smokescreen conceals the foibles and capers of the class of people who would intentionally involve themselves in the chase for personal power. Which in it’s essence is the real bottom line of a “profession” which every classical philosopher worth reading looks on with disfavor. That sentence is guaranteed to raise the indignance of the “intellects” who admonish us of the “honor” of serving the public (a handy euphemism for raiding the taxpayer gravy train) when the actual reality is pretty much just a crowd of basically questionable characters who want to control other people for their own interests. Honor is not only scarce therein it’s largely a liability. I want no parts of it.
    You know as well as I do that if we had a device for reading minds there would be no qualified candidate for public office anywhere this side of Shamballa, or Shangri La, or Eden, and even there it would be the snake who would be most likely to run.
    The formula for winning the office hasn’t changed in essence since Jefferson left it, and it’s very simply to “say what the lowest common denominator most wants to hear”!
    If some one of these rodents (including the ones currently infesting the high places) were to promise to set up a hundred dollar bill printing press and hand out shovels to whomever votes for him he would be a slam dunk winner! (Someone somewhere is thinking damn that’s the best idea I’ve ever heard —- wonder why they don’t do it.)
    The problems we have are a product of a government morass so crippled by polarities that almost nothing of consequence gets done. And in the public personal greed is grown so rampant that not one in a hundred Americans now can tell you the even the most basic tenets underlying the system that made us the greatest nation on earth, people who now think it’s governments responsibility to create jobs and hand out entitlements. If you want to be a part of that dangerous fantasy have at it, I choose to stand afar off and await the grim reaper, otherwise nothing short of a miracle is going to quiet the drums of war that are increasing their chorus weekly.
    Doomsayer, nope, just one who’s thinking is still free enough to see the picture without the “photoshopping” of the professional liars who are more interested in their sophomoric manipulation of world finances than in the rekindling of the American “can-do” spirit.
    I suggest we put the entire crop of em in a locked room and give each a loaded gun, or better yet a basket of condoms, and let them settle their differences, while we find and conscript a corp of clear thinking people who despise politics, to run our public affairs and refocus us on the incentives we once had.
    Every indicator of social tendencies you have the courage to look at is now relentlessly negative, and it’s pretty damn naive to think changing the captains of a badly leaking ship will save it from sinking. That’s why I have no interest in national politics, it’s a game for the rich and dishonest. But the entertainment value of the show is priceless, I just wish ol Newt and Nancy Pelosi would at least have a good fistfight on the floor of the senate like they do in other countries! Newt would probably lose the fight, but picture it in your mind for a moment, they could pay-per-view it and raise enough money to fund oil exploration in central park! Actually a catfight between Hillary and Sarah would be more fun but there would be so much blood and gore it would have to be rated R (adolescents only.)
    Anyway, I see little need for all the excitement over the soft porn exposition we’re seeing, because we’ll just gripe about the results six months after it’s over like we always do. So just settle back and read a good book by Rush Limbaugh or Karl Marx (or Dr Seuss.) It’ll be over in a few months and we can get back to the disassembly of the country.

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