Newt Gingrich has a lot of balls trying to take the moral high road over the "liberal, elite media" for asking him about the very topical news that his second wife had granted an unflattering interview shedding light on his infidelities and his moral character. If it's in the news, why would it be out of bounds to ask? And how dare he say "How dare you!" on the grounds that the politics of personal destruction are negative and not what voters care about, considering he dragged this country through Bill Clinton's underwear for so long back in the day.
I don't like any of the Republican candidates. I think Rick Santorum is a dinosaur-era ideologue, I think Mitt Romney is a shifty empty suit who'll say or do anything and I think Ron Paul is a racist, homophobic, anti-government nut. But Gingrich deserves special attention because he is pathologically egomanical. I honesty think he would attempt to become a dictator if he had any sort of power handed to him. (Actually, I don't think that because I dislike him, I think that because he's promised it.)
It's just rich to hear him taking personal offense that his personal life is now in the crosshairs.
And you know what? I think it's all fair game; I think all aspects of a candidat's conduct are fair to bring up. I, for one, would not factor in someone's sex life or marital infidelities as negatives when deciding if they'd make a good president. But that is consistent with my personal beliefs as a liberal. How on earth can any social conservative worth his salt vote for Newt Gingrich (as they're about to do in droves—he'll win God-fearing South Carolina handily) and not admit they're full of shit on those issues? How his stated positions conflict with his personal behavior is what makes—or should make—his personal behavior Topic A at any of his appearances or debates.
Just despicable that he would try to argue otherwise with is track record. Why is John Edwards a social pariah (who deserves to be) while Newt Gingrich is a viable candidate for the Republican nomination?
The scariest part of all is that Romney is so flimsy on social issues that he'll invariably have to choose a far-right veep along the lines of Gingrich...so Gingrich may have a hard time winning the nomination, but unlike Ron Paul, for example, losing the nomination would not be an automatic pink slip from public life.