Last week I flagged Donald Trump’s dizzying spin on the very hypothetical and pretend political implications of his divorces under the banner, “Newt Take Note”:
“But one of the reasons I was divorced is because I worked very hard,” he said. “And, you know, that’s a good reason. But I worked very, very hard building up a great company. And it’s a great company.”
I was (mostly) joking. But guess what? Gingrich is now saying that his past marital transgressions were also the result of too much hard work and patriotism:
“There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate. And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn’t trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing them.”
That’s not to say Gingrich is being anything but forthright and sincere in this exchange.