In your eyes, or, Are there adultery offsets?*

I’m reading that Jerry Falwell has invited the Newtster to address the Liberty University (motto: Give me liberty or give me an education!) commencement. Being endorsed by the Southern Baptist politburo will do wonders to absolve Gingrich of his admitted marital infidelities.

Falwell, by way of explaining the choice of the adulterous Gingrich, spins thusly:

‘[I’ve} usually been able to tell when a man who has experienced “moral collapse” was genuinely seeking forgiveness. “My sense tells me that Mr. Gingrich is such a man,” he wrote.

I guess Falwell looked Newt in the eye and saw repentance and the soul of a once-soiled man, seeking redemption. One wonders if the eye-down was akin to President Bush’s assessment of his Russian counterpart, Vladimir Putin.

Bush saw the solid state of Putin’s eyes when he first met the leader:

I looked the man in the eye. I found him to be very straight-forward and trustworthy and we had a very good dialogue,” Bush said. “I was able to get a sense of his soul.”.

Of course the subsequent lack of effective elections and the increasing power of the Russian state centered under the ex-KGB leader may give us a small hint as to the efficacy of Peter Gabrieling the soul of a man.

I guess Falwell can forgive the rankest of hypocrisy of a man who condemned Clinton’s dalliances with an intern whilst boinking his own staff member (to whom he was not married at the time). In the world of Jerry Fallwell’s eyes apparently it doesn’t count if the hypocrisy is garnished by political right-eousness.

But, at least one question remains: Are all candidates on their third wife created equal in the eyes of the Falwells of this world?

*yes, it is way past time to retire ‘offset’ jokes, or any post, joke or comment that uses ‘An Inconvenient ____________’ as a point of ‘humorous’ reference.


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