A week after trashing the Paul Ryan plan as "right-wing social engineering" on Meet the Press, Newt Gingrich appeared on CBS's Face the Nation on Sunday, where host Bob Schieffer began the whole show with this Gingrich line: "He announces for President and his own party goes nuts." As in insane. But Schieffer not only revisited Newt's Medicare mess -- "I have not heard one single Republican come to your defense" -- he spent several minutes dwelling on Gingrich's large credit account at Tiffany's and pushed him around about his marital infidelity: "And what about your personal life, and your personal behavior. Are people supposed to just put that aside?"
This is another classic double standard for CBS. Just remember Steve Kroft on "60 Minutes" accepting Bill Clinton saying he 's "caused pain" in his marriage in 1992. He never suggested it was rude to expect people to "just put that aside." And why is Schieffer already pounding Gingrich's "bizarre revelation" on expensive tastes in jewelry, but Kroft never asked Obama in five interviews throughout the 2008 campaign cycle about Obama buying a $1.6 million house in Chicago with a crook named Tony Rezko? As for Schieffer, perhaps he'd like to recall how he cooed over the supposedly blissful marriage of John and Elizabeth Edwards on August 26, 2007: