The Family Research Council sent me a press release about their upcoming 2006 Washington Briefing event — a steal at just $95 to register. The website doesn’t mention who is lined up to speak at the gathering, but the press release names a few names: James Dobson, FRC’s own Tony Perkins, teletubby of virtue Bill Bennett, and … Newt Gingrich, a man who famously served his first wife with divorce papers while she was in hospital receiving chemotherapy and whose second marriage — and tenure as House speaker — ended after it became known that he was porking a congressional staffer. I wonder, would FRC invite Bill Clinton to speak at one of its events?
Maybe some deluded soul out there thinks that Newt was some kind of champion of social conservatives during his time as speaker. There are a lot of young college students who were not yet politically aware during the Gingrich era who, looking at the way the Left kicks him around, assume he must have been a great conservative. No; in fact, he was widely reviled by conservatives at the time — both social conservatives and libertarians. But then, Newt was hated by just about everyone, and just about everyone had good reason. Recall the failed 1997 uprising against him. (And doesn’t Dick Armey seem almost halfway decent in light of retrospect? One can almost believe he wanted smaller government and a semi-prudent foreign policy.)