If you want to know why so many conservatives were initially skeptical of the allegations leveled against Herman Cain, all you need do is read the latest column by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s daughter, Jackie Gingrich Cushman.
For the longest time, our liberal friends have told us how the Georgia Republican presented his first wife with divorce papers while she lay dying of cancer in an area hospital. They wanted to show us just what a horrible, no good very bad man this guy is. Seems some Democrats are willing to sacrifice the truth in order to smear a rising Republican.
As Mrs. Cushman reports, the real story is far removed from the Democrats’ narrative:
My father, former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich, has been in politics as long as I can remember.
And as long as I can remember, media coverage about him has contained misstatements of facts. . . .
I’m talking about the story of my father’s visit to my mother while she was in the hospital in 1980.
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.
Politics of personal destruction indeed.
Where would we be without the new media to correct the distortions about prominent conservatives?