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Kathleen Parker: Newt Gingrich and the forgiveness ploy
Washington Post ^ | 01/21/2012 | Kathleen Parker

Posted on 01/21/2012 2:09:49 PM PST by SeekAndFind

Newt Gingrich’s standing ovation Thursday night, when he attacked CNN moderator John King for asking about allegations that Gingrich wanted an “open marriage” with his second wife, told us little about South Carolina but much about human nature.

The query, for which King has been exhaustively critiqued, was both necessary and inevitable. Forget the elephant in the living room; it was the herd in the powder room.

SNIP

In a nutshell: The more you pick on a person for human failings with which all can identify, the more likely you will create sympathy rather than antipathy, especially if that individual has been forthright in his confession and penitent for his transgression, as Gingrich has been. He was ahead of the curveball this time, with nothing left to tell or for his aggrieved former wife to expose.

SNIP

To err is human; to forgive divine. We like that way of thinking because we all need others’ forgiveness. When Gingrich turned to his audience and said that we all know pain — we all know people who have suffered pain — he instantly morphed from sinner to savior, the redeemer in chief. He correctly counted on the empathy of his fellow man, if not necessarily womankind, and won the moment.

But a moment is just that, and projection of the sort experienced by the Charleston, S.C., audience can be fraught with peril. Over-identification clouds judgment, and, though we are all sinners, we are not all running for president of the United States. Gingrich’s sins of the flesh ultimately are of less importance than the narcissism and grandiosity that compel his actions.

Voters would do well to think less of what they would do in his shoes than what Gingrich will do, should he win the prize.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: forgiveness; gingrich; marriage; mittromney; newt; newtgingrich; ricksantorum; southcarolina

1 posted on 01/21/2012 2:09:57 PM PST by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind
Wasn't she fired because of Client Number 9?


2 posted on 01/21/2012 2:13:34 PM PST by darkwing104 (Let's get dangerous)
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To: SeekAndFind
Gingrich’s sins of the flesh ultimately are of less importance than the narcissism and grandiosity that compel his actions.

Oh?

Is narcissism bad? Is grandiosity bad?

Then I guess Obama is toast

3 posted on 01/21/2012 2:14:09 PM PST by ClearCase_guy (Nothing will change until after the war.)
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To: SeekAndFind

KP assails Gingrich as a narcissist, yet she unabashedly supported the biggest narcissist in American politics today (Obama). Although, one would be hard-pressed to conclude — between Obama and Bill Clinton — upon whom that title should rightfully fall; but Bill Clinton is not, arguably, in American politics today, at least as a candidate or officeholder.


4 posted on 01/21/2012 2:17:39 PM PST by ought-six ( Multiculturalism is national suicide, and political correctness is the cyanide capsule.)
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To: SeekAndFind

I don’t who is more annoying, Parker or Noonan. I think Parker is the dumber of the two.


5 posted on 01/21/2012 2:17:48 PM PST by DManA
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To: ClearCase_guy

*big grin*


6 posted on 01/21/2012 2:17:51 PM PST by zorro8987
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To: SeekAndFind

Parker is a hack writer hired by the POST because they needed a house “Republican”.

Only Democrats read her. Her job is to validate the beliefs of liberals about conservatives she hates, though she pretends to be one.

She is part of the Obama media...pay her no attention, maybe she will go away.


7 posted on 01/21/2012 2:18:39 PM PST by kjo
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To: SeekAndFind

Who IS this woman anyway? We only here from this ash hole when she has something to say attacking conservatives.


8 posted on 01/21/2012 2:18:53 PM PST by jmaroneps37 (Conservatism is truth. Liberalism is lies.)
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To: SeekAndFind

What is it with the insiders in DC and their claws being out for anyone but Romney?


9 posted on 01/21/2012 2:24:22 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: SeekAndFind

This is a decision and a judgement each of us has to make with regard to Gingrich. Either its a ploy, or it was sincere.

My view is that he saw his life unravel when he saw his life’s ambition taken from him, and he had to do some real soul-searching.

My view also is that God gave him his life back. And he knows it.

If you don’t believe he was sincere, then you can’t vote for him. I do support him. I like Santorum and if he was the nominee I’d gladly support him. But Gingrich is a warrior. I’m glad he is back in the fight.


10 posted on 01/21/2012 2:25:12 PM PST by marron
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To: SeekAndFind
I don't think Newtie was looking for sympathy. He was pointing out the obvious, the political establishment/media cabal smearing every candidate that is not Their Guy.

No matter, it's just Kathleen securing her chair at the next Establishment dinner party. Gotta say what you gotta say.

11 posted on 01/21/2012 2:25:35 PM PST by FlyVet
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To: SeekAndFind
He correctly counted on the empathy of his fellow man, if not necessarily womankind,

Polls in SC show Newt winning among women.

12 posted on 01/21/2012 2:25:59 PM PST by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: darkwing104

Actually she was fired By Client Number 9.


13 posted on 01/21/2012 2:28:44 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: SeekAndFind

Interesting that Kathleen Parker doesn’t want to talk about the circumstances of her first marriage and subsequent divorce and then her 2nd marriage. And why she kept the name of her first husband (Parker) and didn’t take the one of her current one (Cleveland).


14 posted on 01/21/2012 2:30:01 PM PST by jimbo123
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To: SeekAndFind
Try the following handy fill in the blank quiz:

If Barack Obama --> FUBO

then

Kathleen Parker --> ????

and

Karl Rove --> ????

and

Charles Krauthammer --> ????

Cheers!

15 posted on 01/21/2012 2:30:06 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: DManA

Are you sure they aren’t the same person? Have they ever been seen in the same room at the same time?


16 posted on 01/21/2012 2:30:38 PM PST by C. Edmund Wright
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To: SeekAndFind
Try the following handy fill in the blank quiz:

If Barack Obama --> FUBO

then

Charles Krauthammer --> ????

and

Karl Rove --> ????

and

Kathleen Parker --> ????

Cheers!

17 posted on 01/21/2012 2:30:58 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Forgiveness is not a ploy, more a necessity


18 posted on 01/21/2012 2:33:09 PM PST by Clay+Iron_Times (Psalms 118:9)
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To: grey_whiskers

Any why do we post garbage from the NY times?


19 posted on 01/21/2012 2:34:08 PM PST by gswilder
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To: SeekAndFind

20 posted on 01/21/2012 2:36:03 PM PST by Bobalu (It is not obama we are fighting, it is the media.)
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To: gswilder
Ask the guy who posted it, I just use it to sharpen my grey claws.

Cheers!

21 posted on 01/21/2012 2:38:20 PM PST by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: SeekAndFind
Score more stupidity for this brainless subversive ditz who pretends to be a Republican. What she and most others are ignoring is the clear attempt by ABC to sabotage Newt's Presidential campaign. It wasn't the facts surrounding his divorce that Newt attacked, it was the intentional, underhanded timing intended to damage him in the S.C. primary vote, leaving him no chance for a fair rebuttal.

He was absolutely justified in responding the way he did, especially since the slander was contained in the debate's very first question and was no doubt intended to become the debate's theme. Go Newt!

22 posted on 01/21/2012 2:38:37 PM PST by Bernard Marx
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To: SeekAndFind

This shrew needs to shrivel up and blow away.

On second thought she’s already shriveled up.

She should just blow away.


23 posted on 01/21/2012 2:40:02 PM PST by Yankee (ANNOY THE RNC AND THE MEDIA: NOMINATE NEWT GINGRICH!)
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To: C. Edmund Wright

Noonan puts her comments into a historical perspective. She misunderstands history but at least she is aware of it.

Parker must go to dinner parties in DC and NYC, write down what people she thinks are smart say, and she parrots that.
But she seems to not get the jokes and the irony goes right over her head.


24 posted on 01/21/2012 2:42:19 PM PST by DManA
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To: ClearCase_guy

HA, she was doing so well until she got there and FAILED.


25 posted on 01/21/2012 2:47:24 PM PST by annieokie
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To: SeekAndFind

Parker is a self-professed Republican who hates Republicans- rather like a lesbian who hates lesbians. Why be a lesbian then?!


26 posted on 01/21/2012 2:47:57 PM PST by citizencon
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To: SeekAndFind

Kathleen Parker, charter member of the DC RINOs club and one of the foremost boosters of any Pretend Republican like Myth “Shape-shifter” Romney.


27 posted on 01/21/2012 2:54:52 PM PST by SoConPubbie
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To: DManA
Noonan, Parker, Coulter, Steyn....Beck...etc... They mean nothing to me now. I realize that we've been had... These people were into selling columns and books at our expense. They do not care for this country...Only themselves... IF YOU DON'T BELIEVE THIS THEN PROVE IT TO ME...(LISTEN TO FIVE MINUTES OF BECK ON ANY GIVEN DAY... IT'S TWO MINUTES OF ADS.. VS 30 SECONDS OF BULL SHYTE...) An eye opener...to say the least... GO BAMBINO.... and Sarah!!!!!!
28 posted on 01/21/2012 3:16:55 PM PST by nikos1121
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To: SeekAndFind
Basically, this putosa dismisses the entire concept of Christian redemption.

Liberals should be especially concerned when we, as a people, decide that people are in no way salvageable as Christians and human beings under any circumstances.

29 posted on 01/21/2012 3:20:12 PM PST by Caipirabob (I say we take off and Newt the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure...)
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To: grey_whiskers

...and Jennifer Rubin.


30 posted on 01/21/2012 3:22:10 PM PST by Parley Baer
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To: SeekAndFind
With articles like this, Ms. Parker keeps the cocktail party invites from the hoity-toity crowd coming.
31 posted on 01/21/2012 3:48:52 PM PST by JPG (Matters at which the foolish laugh and at whose consequences the prudent weep.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Who was the married man the ex dated before she dated Newt? Why did that previous relationship break up? Who broke it up? Him or her? Why? Was it because he refused to leave his wife for her? What is her political registration? Who were and are her close friends? Are they mostly extreme Democrats or should I say Democrat extremists? And what were her intentions from day one when she met Newt? I have more questions about her, her intentions and her credibility then I do about Newt and his ability to lead this country. Perhaps he hasn’t been at his best as a husband, but I think if elected and given a fair chance as President he would do a much job, then the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.


32 posted on 01/21/2012 4:36:07 PM PST by This I Wonder32460
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To: marron

“Gingrich is a warrior.”

Both a warrior and a narcissist command attention. Yet it is the motives of each that greatly differ. A warrior loves his country and will fight for it, the attention he commands is his battle armor. A warrior will tell people when he thinks they are wrong and when necessary admit his own failures. While a narcissist commands attention that reflects his best image of himself. He doesn’t necessarily love his country or anyone else, but he loves himself. A narcissist also believes anyone who doesn’t think he is the most superior of persons is not only wrong, but has something extremely wrong with them.


33 posted on 01/21/2012 4:49:51 PM PST by This I Wonder32460
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To: SeekAndFind

there are two people I never read...Krugman and Parker


34 posted on 01/21/2012 5:00:51 PM PST by SPRINK
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To: SeekAndFind

Kathleen is bait who swims with liberal sharks.

What’s her IQ? I’d guess that mice can figure out a maze to the cheese twice as quick as this 30 IQ moron.

She needs to wear a necklace that says,”I’m more stupid than you and I can prove it.”


35 posted on 01/21/2012 5:16:28 PM PST by sergeantdave
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To: ClearCase_guy
Every time the 0 speaks he has his friggin nose stuck up in the air looking like Mussolini. He should be in the dictionary next to the word arrogant. But 0 couldn't even make the trains run on time.
36 posted on 01/21/2012 6:13:08 PM PST by chooseascreennamepat (The response to 1984 is 1776.)
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