Tom Delay recently explained that there was a “big difference” between his adultery and Gingrich’s, while they were both on the attack against Clinton;
“I was no longer committing adultery by that time, the impeachment trial. There’s a big difference… Also, I had returned to Christ and repented my sins by that time.”
My initial reaction was a ten-cent give me a break, but Mo Rocca was kind enough to explain it to me.
When asked by Alison Stewart on MSNBC tonight if DeLay had a point…
“Well, perhaps.. look, ‘hot tub Tom’ committed adultery. But Gingrich committed adultery plus hypocrisy. Now, you don’t need to be an ethicist to know that hypocrisy-free adultery is far more ethical than hypocrisy-enhanced adultery. Now, I should say on behalf of Gingrich that Gingrich and his camp reject any comparison between his adultery and Clinton’s adultery, which is where the whole hypocrisy charge rests. For instance, while both were married at the time, Gingrich had an affair with a staff member. Clinton, of course, had an affair with an intern. So, Gingrich’s mistress was getting paid to sleep with him. This is much sounder labor practice, I think. And also, Gingrich later ended up marrying his mistress after dumping his wife, so he was much better on the follow-through. And finally – this is a key distinction – Gingrich’s adultery did not involve pizza, and it’s pizza that really makes adultery skanky.”