Newt Gingrich lobbed a softball this week—telling a conservative group that his extra-marital dalliances were prompted by his hard work and love of country—and Gail Collins takes a swing at it today in the New York Times. "Really, the concept explains quite a bit," she snarks. "Eliot Spitzer, worked a lot," and Rudy Giuliani was noted for his, er, work ethic. But she finds Gingrich's late-in-life redemption suspect: "People, can we all agree now that men who spend their early and middle ages betraying women right and left are not allowed to get credit for discovering the joys of monogamy at about the same time that they receive their first Social Security check?"
No wonder "Gingrich is a better husband this time around. He's 67!" she writes. The wild oats have not only been sown, they've "been harvested, ground up, reprocessed and turned into soggy cornflakes." And while Gingrich might tout his forgiving God, he's not very forgiving of a certain Democrat, labeling President Obama "authentically dishonest." Concludes Collins: "If only Obama had committed adultery instead of health care reform, I’m sure they’d be getting along a lot better."