Is Newt's Fidelity Pledge 'Child's Play'?

The answer might lie in the GOP candidate's past, and a striking resemblance to a horror movie doll.

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Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has reportedly sent a long email to an ultraconservative Iowa group opposing same-sex marriage and the military policy of "Don't ask, don't tell." He also took a personal pledge to stick to his own marriage vows.

"I also pledge to uphold the institution of marriage through personal fidelity to my spouse and respect for the marital bonds of others," Gingrich promised in the email.

Well, now: The former House speaker vows to be true to his third wife, with whom he cheated on the second one, whom he married after dumping his first bride -- who was his former high school teacher.

Gingrich's latest fidelity pledge -- apparently overriding the three he has taken at the altar -- was entered into with the evangelical Iowa Family Leader group, which will be active in the upcoming Iowa caucus.

Among its 14-point platform, the conservative group's "marriage vow" outlaws same-sex unions. The fidelity-challenged presidential candidate, besieged on the issue by his GOP rivals, first had to clear up his personal views on marriage between a man and a woman.

Gingrich is nothing if not impulsive, and a tad devilish.

It has been duly noted by Laura Ingraham and others that the 68-year-old has the visage of a real-life Chucky of Child's Play movie fame, and the senior citizen is known to act on devilish impulses. When the fit comes over him, as it did during Mitt Romney's "career politician" attack during the debate on Dec. 10, Newt's eyes roll into a scowl and his face goes full Chucky.

When first I laid eyes on Gingrich as House speaker in the '90s, he was strolling in the fullness of his egomaniacal puissance, alongside then-President Bill Clinton in the White House. Within weeks, this Newt-turned-Chucky was forcing the longest shutdown of the government in U.S. history. Already Gingrich had hit on congressional staffer Callista Bisek (now wife No. 3), an affair he would nurse along under the nose of his ailing wife Marianne and throughout the impeachment trial of President Clinton for carrying on an affair of short duration with a female intern.

In fairness, Gingrich explains that he pursued his fellow horndog for "lying" about his illicit relation with Monica Lewinsky -- though, at the time, he was not exactly forthcoming about his own fair maiden on the side. Under attack for the Callista affair (they subsequently married), Newt chalked it up at the Saturday debate as something of a youthful indiscretion, back when he was 53. "I'm a 68-year-old grandfather."

Still, this grandfather, whose fires may have banked somewhat, has not lost that Chucky impulse to wreak havoc.