I suppose I should admire Newt Gingrich. I don\u2019t. One thing is for sure: I have to give the guy credit for having some real chutzpah. Chutzpa: (Yiddish) unbelievable gall; insolence; audacity Chutzpah is the quality of audacity, for good or for bad. The word derives from the Hebrew meaning \u201cinsolence\u201d, \u201caudacity\u201d, and \u201cimpertinence. (princeton.edu) I could never get away with some of the stuff this guy tries, and often succeeds in foisting off on his admiring public. Truth be known, Newt has a heckuva lot more fans than do I. He has scores of admirers in the Family Values camp, and that\u2019s something I\u2019ve never been able to figure out. Newt is the complete antithesis of family values, and yet whole slews of the \u201cfaithful\u201d believe he is the Republican Party\u2019s hope for the future. It just doesn\u2019t make sense. Newt says one thing, does categorically the opposite, and good conservative folks all around the country just kinda ignore the obvious and get on with things \u2014 including supporting Newt. They love him for his erstwhile Contract With America \u2014 even though there was and is a perfectly working, dramatically dynamic document that is, in fact, a REAL Contract With America \u2014 the Constitution. He touts Christian family values while cheating on his wife who is battling cancer, eventually leaving her to marry his paramour. He then chucks his second wife in favor of the woman he was having an affair with while still married to No. 2. He\u2019s now with No. 3. Wow. Quantitatively this guy apparently has much more family values than do I \u2014 three times as much. Still, in one way I\u2019m pretty jealous of him. He can really get away with ... anything. Newt can spout whatever silliness, and folks just kinda nod their heads still believing him to be a serious personality. Look. Newt recently had his feet held to the fire with regard to his proclivity for womanizing. In a Q&A session, someone asked him to explain his cheating ways. So what does he answer??? Newt says his womanizing was at least in part \u201c ... driven by how passionately I felt about this country ...\u201d As the Facebook generation might say \u2014 OMG? Really, Newt? Really? You cheated on your wives because you love America??!!?? Gosh. I wish I could get away with that as easily as Newt does. I can just see it now ... \u201cNow Dina. You have to understand. I spent the evening with the Swedish twins because I\u2019m so driven by patriotism. I did it for America!\u201d Heck, I couldn\u2019t even get away with: \u201cDon\u2019t be mad, Dina. I ate that chocolate eclair because I\u2019m so passionate about America.\u201d My Dearly Beloved isn\u2019t stupid. She wouldn\u2019t accept \u201cpatriotism\u201d as an excuse for anything \u2014 let alone infidelity. But, Newt stands in front of an audience and has the ... um ... er ... moxie to claim it was his passion for the nation that forced him to cheat on his wife, and cheat on his wife, and cheat on his ... Here\u2019s the deal. There are some very \u201cinteresting\u201d people drifting about the political scene right now. Some of \u2018em are pretty smart, and relatively honest. Some of \u2018em a pretty dumb, and simply dishonest, (if not down and out liars.) I\u2019m talking both parties. We, as a nation, need to be a little discerning when figuring out who is going to lead this country in years to come, \u2018cause that decision is getting to be more and more important. We have some real kooks out looking for the Big Job in the running of these United States. There\u2019s Newt, Bachmann, Palin and a slew of others. There\u2019s nothing wrong with supporting a conservative candidate, but folks need to remember that there are conservatives out there with a lot of good things to say, who aren\u2019t blathering idiots. Just because you perceive a woman to be \u201ca strong woman\u201d doesn\u2019t mean she\u2019s a smart woman. Just because you think Newt is a intelligent man, doesn\u2019t mean he\u2019s presidential material. There are good people out there \u2014 both conservative and liberal, Republican and Democratic. But it\u2019s the Newts, and the Sarahs, and the Michelles who continue to set the tone. And that\u2019s sad. Very, very sad. Still, any guy who can excuse his peccadilloes away by saying it was all because of patriotism might be an interesting person to have in the White House. Scary ... but interesting.