Jon Chait wonders why John Edwards’ underpants party gets so much attention but there’s never been any mention of the fact that Newt also cheated on and divorced a cancer-stricken wife:
John Edwards’ philandering has made him a public pariah, understandably so. But Gingrich’s marital behavior was probably even more disgusting. He cheated on his first wife and told her he wanted a divorce while she was recovering from surgery for cancer. He subsequently cheated on his second wife with a much younger aide. It’s fairly amazing how Gingrich has managed to avoid any stigma from this. He’s just a conservative “ideas guy.”
The same goes for John Ensign. Talk about an ugly and bizarre situation.
Of course the reason why they’re given a pass is the usual: the corporate press gives extra deference to the Republicans out of a self-conscious desire to not seem too liberal. Hence, equivalencies when none exist, and Newt gets to have creepy underpants parties without notice.