Newt Gingrich Continues His Amazing Rhetorical Gymnastics

Via C&L, here's the money:
WALLACE: You were asked recently about the fact that you cheated on your first and your second wives. And here's how you responded.

GINGRICH: There is no question that at times in my life partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard, and that things happened in my life that were not appropriate.

WALLACE: Speaker, you've had more than a decade to come up with an answer. And in all honesty, there were a lot of people who thought that answer was kind of lame. I know it's heart-felt. But let me explain why. You love your country and you're working hard. And so you strayed. That wouldn't work with my wife.

GINGRICH: No, it didn't work in my life. I went on to say that I had to seek God's forgiveness and I had to seek reconciliation and I had to believe that being genuinely repentant mattered. As you know, first, I have a great marriage.

Look, seeking God's forgiveness (and presumably receiving it) is great and all -- but that doesn't get him off of the hook here. No matter the religious spin, Wallace is right; Newt's answer to the original question was indeed LAME. He should just own up to that and move on with his exploratory campaign.

Newt just keeps on digging...