Fox New’s In-House Psychiatrist Reveals He’s Nuts

Even by Fox News standards, the article below by Fox News In-House Psychiatrist Keith Ablow analyzing the impact of Newt Gingrich’s three marriages upon a potential presidency is so dissociated from reality as to question the credibility of both licensed physician and the network employing him.  You have to read it for yourself; I don’t think I can adequately summarize its inherent idiocy (see also http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2012/01/20/newt-gingrichs-three-marriages-mean-might-make-strong-president-really/)

Newt Gingrich’s three marriages mean he might make a strong president —  really

By Dr. Keith  Ablow

Published January 20, 2012 | FoxNews.com

Former Speaker of the House and Republican presidential candidate Newt  Gingrich was attacked Thursday in an interview on ABC News by his second  wife Marianne. She accused him of beginning an affair with his current wife  Callista while Marianne and he were still married (which Mr. Gingrich admits).  She also accused him of lobbying her for an open marriage that would allow him  to continue seeing Callista without getting divorced (a claim Gingrich  denies).

Well, in any case, no open marriage was in the offing, and the Speaker  married his current and third wife.

As I have written before for Fox News Opinion, I don’t think voters belong in  a candidate’s bedroom. But the media can’t seem to help itself from trying to  castrate candidates for the prurient pleasure of the public.

I will tell you what Mr. Gingrich’s personal history actually means for those  of us who want to right the economy, see our neighbors and friends go back to  work, promote freedom here and abroad and defeat the growing threat posed by Iran and other evil regimes.

First, one note on what Mr. Gingrich’s married life, including his history of  infidelity does not mean: It does not mean that Mr. Gingrich would be unfaithful  to the United States of  America or the Constitution of the United States.

You can take any moral position you like about men and women who cheat while  married, but there simply is no correlation, whatsoever—from a psychological  perspective—between whether they can remain true to their wedding vows and  whether they can remain true to the Oath of Office.

I want to be coldly analytical, not moralize, here. I want to tell you what  Mr. Gingrich’s behavior could mean for the country, not for the  future of his current marriage. So, here’s what one interested in making America  stronger can reasonably conclude—psychologically—from Mr. Gingrich’s behavior  during his three marriages:

1) Three women have met Mr. Gingrich and been so moved by his emotional  energy and intellect that they decided they wanted to spend the rest of their  lives with him.

2) Two of these women felt this way even though Mr. Gingrich was already  married.

3 ) One of them felt this way even though Mr. Gingrich was already married  for the second time, was not exactly her equal in the looks department and had a  wife (Marianne) who wanted to make his life without her as painful as  possible.

Conclusion: When three women want to sign on for life with a  man who is now running for president, I worry more about whether we’ll be  clamoring for a third Gingrich term, not whether we’ll want to let him go after  one.

4) Two women—Mr. Gingrich’s first two wives—have sat down with him while he  delivered to them incredibly painful truths: that he no longer loved them as he  did before, that he had fallen in love with other women and that he needed to  follow his heart, despite the great price he would pay financially and the risk  he would be taking with his reputation.

Conclusion: I can only hope Mr. Gingrich will be as direct and  unsparing with the Congress, the American people and our allies. If this nation  must now move with conviction in the direction of its heart, Newt Gingrich is  obviously no stranger to that journey.

5) Mr. Gingrich’s daughters from his first marriage are among his most  vigorous supporters. They obviously adore him and respect him and feel grateful  for the kind of father he was.

When I want to know who in a marriage (or, for that matter, a series of  marriages) is the one who actually was aligned with their best interests, I  never dismiss evidence of who the children gravitate toward and admire. In this  case, they have judged the father who left their family, then remarried twice.  And they judge him 10 out of 10. I only hope my own children love me and respect  me as much when they are adults.

So, as far as I can tell, judging from the psychological data, we have only  one real risk to America from his marital history if Newt Gingrich were to  become president: We would need to worry that another nation, perhaps a little  younger than ours, would be so taken by Mr. Gingrich that it would seduce him  into marrying it and becoming its president. And I think that is exceedingly  unlikely.

Dr. Keith Ablow is a psychiatrist and member of the Fox News Medical  A-Team. Dr. Ablow can be reached at info@keithablow.com. His team of Life  Coaches can be reached at lifecoach@keithablow.com.

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