Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Newt Gingrich's "Traditional Moral Values"

I'm wondering if Ross Douthat thinks that thrice-married, twice-divorced, adulterous Newt Gingrich is fit to hold the highest office in the land? And if that tune will change should Gingrich win the nomination (hey, stranger things have happened)?

The last time I went on a quest to square this particular conservative circle, the answer I got came awfully close to "but Democrats will be so much worse for social conservatism", though the counterargument was formulated in a way suitable for New York Times op-ed readers. Considering that all either party has managed to do on abortion issues over the past two decades is nibble around the edges, and that gay rights seems to be largely driven by social dynamics outside the control of Washington, social conservatives are unlikely to get anything substantial out of a Republican Presidency under any circumstance.
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