The bombshell was a dud. Even Marianne said as much when she laughed at the thought when Brian Ross suggested it in the interview.
She talked on video for two hours to ABC investigative reporter Brian Ross, an edited version of which will be broadcast on Thursday night’s “Nightline,” and a transcript of which was released today. She laughed when told that some were reporting that she had a “bombshell,” and emphasized that many of her views of Newt Gingrich and his political positions are positive.
That changes the picture a bit. We were led to the Hell bound fury idea by ABC. Shame on them and shame on us. We have known for years that the networks sensationalize the weather. Why not politics? We should have expected the bombshell to be all shell and no bomb. Our post was on the right track but we apologize for the headline.
All this is not to say we approve of Newt Gingrich’s marital history; frankly it’s been a mess.
Marianne Gingrich has a story to tell. It’s an old story; we know that. Her fury is not shared by her step-daughters; we know that. ABC is making much hoopla preliminary to release of the story; we know that. The reported controversy at ABC headquarters has heightened interest in the story; we know that. Is the network’s controversy real or promotional? We don’t know that. Is Marianne’s story truthful or revengeful? There is every reason to believe it is the latter and that creates doubts about the former.
Newt Gingrich’s political career could be over if perchance he has done something really despicable, for instance something like cheating on his wife with a young subordinate on public property. And should he compound his image problem by showing ignorance of the fact that an oral genital union is an act of sex, he would surely be through. He is a Republican.