What does Mitt Romney have that Cain and Gingrich don’t? A clear 40+ year record of unchallenged fidelity to his wife. On the right, that matters. It’s something many of us respect Barack Obama for as well. Cain’s sexual harassment story is one of the major things that can be attributed to his recent decline. Gingrich is sure to face the same thing regarding his previous marriages. In fact, Bill Maher has already set the distasteful tone for this line of attack, despite Gingrich’s years of faithful marriage to Callista.
But in Cain and Gingrich’s cases, both are receiving help from just the right place, family. As reported yesterday, Gloria Cain has surfaced to stand by Herman Cain and refute allegations based on his character and her knowledge of him. Still, without hard evidence and with such a late showing, it will be interesting to see if this has much effect.
Gingrich got a boost yesterday in a pre-emptive strike against the false message that he delivered divorce papers to his cancerous wife on her death bed. His daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman, wrote an article describing what really happened. In a divorce that Gingrich’s wife had requested, Newt delivered the papers when he and members of the family drove to the hospital to visit her after she had a benign tumor removed. Gingrich’s daughter writes:
“For years, I have thought about trying to correct the untrue accounts of this hospital visit. After all, I was at the hospital with them, and saw and heard what happened. But I have always hesitated, as it was a private family matter and my mother is a very private person. In addition, for the four people involved, it was one of a million interactions and was not considered a defining event by any of us.”
Cushman also reiterated that her mother is a very private person and will not give media interviews, but that their family has healed and the two daughters have great relationships with both parents.
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