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The GOP's Gingrich Dilemma, Now With Women On Both Sides

January 19, 2012
At some point after former congresswoman Susan Molinari ripped Newt Gingrich in a conference call arranged by the Mitt Romney campaign, but before we knew that ABC was about to air a potentially fatal interview with one of Newt's ex-wives, the Ripon Society circulated a timely reminder. Though "people don't normally associate Newt with being a champion of women's rights," Ripon Forum editor Lou Zickar said in an email, Gingrich does have some female fans in politics.

The evidence? Three congresswomen praised Gingrich at a breakfast last fall for elevating women to prominent roles while he was speaker of the House. Zickar quoted the women and included a video of their remarks. It sounded like an endorsement by the society, which preaches reform, inclusion, and the gospel of Teddy Roosevelt, so I asked. The answer was the usual torrent of conflicting reactions Gingrich evokes in so many people, all concentrated this time in one man.

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