Gingrich does deserve forgiveness for past transgressions that he has confessed and admitted. That is not at issue. What is at issue is whether patterns of indiscretion (e.g. divorcing two wives for sake of personal expediency and marrying a third who was a former mistress) have bearing upon the worthiness of the candidate to hold office and be responsible for ethical and moral questions of far greater consequence. Moreover one cannot help but wonder what exactly motivated the audience to give Gingrich a standing ovation for such retorts. Would Gingrich have received as much sympathetic support if his indiscretions had been a series of homosexual liaisons or some very deviant behaviours? Could it be that Gingrich received such a groundswell of support because many South Carolinians could readily identify with his sin, and they retain some carnal desire to be able to lash out at the accusers of their sin in as powerful and effective way as he did on the big stage? Maybe this points to a worse problem than Gingrich’s character in our own hypocrisy. And maybe it’s really our own character that has been shown hollow this week rather than his.