Thoughts on South African and international politics and culture

Saturday, March 10, 2007

The irony
Sometimes the irony is just too much. Newt Gingrich, hero of the US conservatives, yesterday admitted that during his leading of the impeachment campaign against Clinton for lying about his affair with Monica Lewinsky, he himself was involved in an extramarital affair.

Gingrich led the "Contract with America" in the 90's, which swept the Republicans back into power in the Congress and Senate, largely based on conservative family values. He has been married three times and according to CNN:
His first marriage, to his former high school geometry teacher, Jackie Battley, ended in divorce in 1981. Although Gingrich has said he doesn't remember it, Battley has said Gingrich discussed divorce terms with her while she was recuperating in the hospital from cancer surgery.