He was effective
Are you kidding? Gingrich launched an impeachment proceeding against the President over stuff he was doing simultaneously himself, shut down the government (which resulted in massive republican losses in 1996), and was generally an incompetent, philandering, ugly and prevaricating orcish troll.
Why isn't Edwards in the news? He's a philanderer also.
Because Edwards didn't drag our nation into the conversation about his infidelities. Edwards didn't say something like: "The Statue of Liberty, with it's message of freedom, moved me to cheat on my spouse," or "After viewing the Liberty Bell, I was consumed with a need to have my scrotum stroked by a hot model." Nor did he make comments tying his philandering infidelity to the slaves struggle for freedom, womens' struggle to vote, the latest immigration bill or WHATEVER. Finally, he didn't flatly admit that he KNEW what he was doing was wrong, but he did it anyway! Does Mr. Gingrich have to turn the volume up on what he has just said for you to understand why it is NEWS??? Let me help you with one more, loud transmission of MR. GINGRICH's OWN WORDS:
""There's no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate...And what I can tell you is that when I did things that were wrong, I wasn't trapped in situation ethics, I was doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing it."
So he cheats, so what? Most guys cheat.
It's not a matter of whether or not Gingrich cheated on his wife(s). It's the nature of this communcation he is transmitting to us.
His message implies several things:
1.He was cheating when he wasted millions calling out then President Clinton for infidelity that does not hold a candle to this guy's "indiscretions." Clinton dallied with young women while his wife was also dallying most likely either with other men or women, and both were already in their late 50's. Gingrich, on the other hand, PLOTTED against two of his wives IN HIS EARLY 30s, sleeping around on them while PLANNING DIVORCE, even as they lay sick or dying.
2.His contriteness, and plea for God's forgiveness, ABSOLVES him of his "past" transgressions. He is trying to POSITION himself for the elections, getting his "past" "behind" him. He is not only giving himself, but ANY FINKBALL CHRISTIAN THAT PRETENDS THEY BELIEVE IN JESUS a FREE PASS. In other words, much of his base: uneducated white male republicans from rural states, will feel a KINSHIP with these words, and will use them as a way to absolve THEMSELVES from their own sordid, equally odious and possibly criminal activity.
3.He claims that WORK and "passion" for "America" made him DO INAPPROPRIATE THINGS. In other words, he is excusing his cheating by blaming his drive and determination to HELP US ALL! While he was "helping" all of us by shutting the government down, trying to impeach the President, and cutting off aid to children and schools, he was also "...doing things that were wrong, and yet, I was doing it."
Nothing to do with cheating: everything to do with how he's presenting here, and what he is saying and to who.
How come Edwards is judged irredeemable, yet there is no disgrace associated with Gingrich's treatment of his wives, it seems that the situations are similar?
For one, unlike Mr. Gingrich, he did not understand women. There are no women that angrily call out Mr. Gingrich about how "he done wronged them." Mr. Edwards, on the other hand, had his sick and dying wife maligning him daily and crucifying him in public. This is the result, ironically, of the master scammer that Gingrich is: even while getting slapped with divorce papers while dying, from a guy that looks like an ogre from Grimm's fairy tales, his wife still loved him, and "understood" the divorce. She signed the papers willingly, as he probably told her that his "love for the nation" is what was driving his need (for divorce). Before she had a chance to "feel hurt" about his secret lover, she died. Pure genius.
Compare that to Edwards: his wife sticks around for two more years, slowly expiring, the tossed off, middle-aged lady with cancer, but all the while giving speeches and writing books about what a cad Edwards is. Hmm...between Republicans (who own news outlets) and already dislike Mr. Edwards, middle aged ladies, and wives in general, you have the greatest fear of any woman played out, capitalized on by news media: when they are dying, they're beautiful prince charming dumps them for some hot princess in the next province. Grrreeaaat! ;-(