So now that Newt Gingrich has admitted that the whole time he was tormenting Bill Clinton over Monica Lewinsky he was also cheating on his own wife, it appears that the evangelical brigade are giving him the green light. Jerry Falwell has praised Gingrich for coming clean, and invited the former speaker to appear at Liberty University:
"He has admitted his moral shortcomings to me, as well, in private conversations," Falwell wrote in a weekly newsletter sent Friday to members of the Moral Majority Coalition and The Liberty Alliance. "And he has also told me that he has, in recent years, come to grips with his personal failures and sought God's forgiveness."It's all so formulaic, so ritualistic. Candidate X needs fundamentalist votes. Fundamentalist Blowhard Y wants to feel relevant. X offers the standard words of contrition to Y. Y publicly forgives X on behalf of God and the Moral Majority.