In a Monday interview with Christian Broadcasting News, Newt Gingrich explained his affairs, thusly:
"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."
Even though he added that he needed God's forgiveness, his excuse is falling flat with a few.
The American Spectator's Philip Klein, in an entry titled "Newt too patriotic to be faithful", writes:
While he is admitting that he did something wrong, he's also trying to justify his behavior by aggrandizing himself. My own view is, when you're owning up to something, you own up to it fully. You don't try to explain or justify it yourself.
Meanwhile, another conservative columnist -- Commentary Magazine's John Podhoretz -- adds:
Newt Gingrich today said the sort of thing that he sometimes says — the sort of thing that makes him unelectable, to put it mildly.
.... I’d spend some time parsing this, seeking to show how he simultaneously takes responsibility and doesn’t take responsibility and how he actually praises himself when he’s supposedly criticizing himself. But what’s the point? He’s a fascinating, and occasionally brilliant, political thinker, but one thing the merciful and forgiving God who has so blessed him did not bestow upon Newt Gingrich was a sense of when to stop talking.
Newt's comments are bound to evoke more comparisons with Bill Clinton and his famously creative apologies.
The two have already been linked, politically and personally, for years and years. Now there's probably more battery life in them.
P.S. Long-time readers will know that this is the gold-standard in apologies.