Golden Oldies: Newt and the “cancer bed divorce” myth

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    I had a friend make the usual observation, via urban legend as to the infamous 'cancer bed divorce'. he said he read it at Salon.com....well, as usual the story its a bit more complicated and not quite as cut and dried as that pejorative blurb makes it sound.

    Newt has political issues in several areas, and he will have to answer for them, but, their daughter doesn't seem to see this issue he way say Salon, abc cbs nbc cnn msnbc et al let on.

    *shrugs* her account;

    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.

    My mother and I have both recently run into quite a few people who hold an inaccurate understanding of this hospital visit. Many think my mother is dead.

    So, to correct the record, here is what happened: My mother, Jackie Battley Gingrich, is very much alive, and often spends time with my family. I am lucky to have such a “Miracle Mom,” as I titled her in a column this week.

    As for my parents’ divorce, I can remember when they told me.

    It was the spring of 1980.

    I was 13 years old, and we were about to leave Fairfax, Va., and drive to Carrollton, Ga., for the summer. My parents told my sister and me that they were getting a divorce as our family of four sat around the kitchen table of our ranch home.

    Soon afterward, my mom, sister and I got into our light-blue Chevrolet Impala and drove back to Carrollton.

    Later that summer, Mom went to Emory University Hospital in Atlanta for surgery to remove a tumor. While she was there, Dad took my sister and me to see her.

    It is this visit that has turned into the infamous hospital visit about which many untruths have been told. I won’t repeat them. You can look them up online if you are interested in untruths. But here’s what happened:

    My mother and father were already in the process of getting a divorce, which she requested.

    Dad took my sister and me to the hospital to see our mother.

    She had undergone surgery the day before to remove a tumor.

    The tumor was benign.

    As with many divorces, it was hard and painful for all involved, but life continued.

    Setting the Record Straight by Jackie Gingrich Cushman on Creators.com - A Syndicate Of Talent

    hat tip Hot Air for the title
     
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    I had heard this account earlier in the week via Laura Ingraham. Thanks for posting it.

    Thing is though? IF Newt gains strength in his vying for the Republican nomination, and succeeds? The Statist press, and many statists here on this board will try to dismiss it, and run with it none the less.
     
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    It's the liberal way!
     
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    Damage control to the rescue! Now that it is settled find someone to explain away the infidelity and lobbying irregularities then you are all set to still lose the nomination to Romney.
     
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    Regardless of when, where, who and how, divorces are always troubling. It's not like getting a divorce is a thing that doesn't happen in America often, every day. Why is Newt's divorce even an issue in the political world? Everybody has skeletons in their closet. I'm just sitting back waiting for Romney's to start rattling the doors.
     
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    As the young people say: ‘whatever…’

    Gingrich is unfit to be president because of his ignorance of the Court and Constitutional case law, his adherence to rightist reactionary dogma, and his advocacy of failed conservative economic policy.

    His private life is utterly irrelevant, having nothing to do with his ability to be president.
     
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    Obama is unfit to be President because of his ignoring of the Constitution, his lack of leadership, his adherence to Marxist philosophy, his disdain for American exceptionalism and his advocacy of failed liberal economic policy.
     
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    So he only divorced his wife for younger intern #1 (as opposed to #2) while she was in reasonably good health?

    I suppose that moves him slightly up the scumbag meter.

    He's still on the scumbag meter though.

    It will be funny to watch people try and sell Gingrich as something he is not.
     
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    Because the right has made people's personal lives fair games.

    You guys should shed yourselves of the religious right and then get back to us on your high horses.

    As it stands, no one is buying your outrage that only follows party lines.
     
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    Gingrich? Seriously, people?

    Gingrich is what you find when you get to the bottom of the barrel...

    ...and fall through.
     
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