May 13, 2011
If we are going to judge presidential candidates by their personal lives, the list will be very short.
Newt Gingrich, who has just announced he’s running, has been married three times and has admitted an adulterous affair. Mitch Daniels’ wife divorced him, leaving three young children behind and moved to California where she married another man. They subsequently divorced and she returned to Indiana where she remarried Daniels. Other GOP candidates remain the husband – or wife – of the same spouse. President Obama is married to the same woman he started with.
All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. No one is righteous, no, not one. Character counts in anyone – whether a used car dealer or a president. But if our standard is perfection, no one can measure up. So let’s get real and focus on their ideas for solving the nation’s many problems, not so much on their personal history unless it affects those ideas and their character.
We can’t afford another four years of what we have now.
Cal Thomas is a nationally syndicated columnist based in Washington, D.C.