Newt Gingrich converts to Catholicism in time for 2012 election

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Former Republican Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich converted to Catholicism this weekend, a solid 3 years before the 2012 presidential election.

Newt Gingrich dodged the Vietnam draft, but will be give a free pass on foreign policy because of the (R) by his name.

Newt Gingrich dodged the Vietnam draft, but will be given a free pass on military policy because of the (R) by his name.

Gingrich’s third (latest) wife Callista Bisek is Catholic, but Gingrich has so far remained silent as to what his motivation in converting was.  Gingrich became a Baptist while he earned his PhD in Modern European History from Tulane University.  Divorce is not allowed in the Catholic Church.  However, annulments can be granted in certain situations.

I think the political motivation here is overt.  Gingrich thinks he can secure the Catholic vote in 2012 by converting.  Mitt Romney is a Mormon and Sarah Palin is batshit crazy, so the stamp of approval from The Holy Old Dude could sway a few voters, especially in the primaries.   His only problem is that Bobby Jindal worked the Catholic conversion a few years before Newt got around to it.

Republican primary debate drinking game: One shot every time you hear the phrase “culture of life.”

RWP Rating: Unusual

Full Story: http://thecaucus.blogs.nytimes.com/2009/03/31/gingrich-gets-a-new-religion/

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5 Responses to “Newt Gingrich converts to Catholicism in time for 2012 election”

  1. Quick Link: Sarah Palin converts to Catholicism « Real Weird Politics Says:

    […] Link: Sarah Palin converts to Catholicism By Joel Lightly Following Newt Gingrich’s lead, Sexy Sarah Palin from Alaska is going to convert to Catholicism.  When asked if she would support […]

  2. Quick Link: Gingrich divorces third wife, reverts back to being a Baptist « Real Weird Politics Says:

    […] back to being a Baptist By Joel Lightly Well, that certainly didn’t take long.  After going public with news that he had converted to Catholicism, the religion practiced by his current third wife […]

  3. Fr. J. Says:

    Typical anti-Catholic bigotry. Hate is great as long as you are a lib.

    • Joel Lightly Says:

      Excuse me while I dust off the degree I got from a Jesuit University, the diploma I received from a Catholic High School, and the Student IDs I received for the other 10 years I attended Catholic school. If you think Newt’s values are in line with the Catholic Church, then I have a Catechism to sell you.

  4. Republican Congress members attending Tax Day Tea Parties « Real Weird Politics Says:

    […] Speaker of the House and newly baptized Newt Gingrich will head up to New York for an event.  No word yet on when he will be divorcing his […]

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