Posted: 1:53 am ET
For a short while on Monday, Callista Gingrich was trending on Twitter. It turned out that the U.S. Senate finally voted on her nomination as U.S. Ambassador to the Vatican. She got the nod in a 70-23 vote. Was there ever any doubt that the U.S. Senate would not confirm the spouse of the former Speaker of the House?
Of course, Twitter blew up when news of her nomination came out, also when she was actually nominated, and when she had her confirmation hearing, and Monday was no different when the Senate finally confirmed her. Given the notoriety of these lovebirds, we suspect that news will follow wherever Ambassador Gingrich and Newt, her husband and former Speaker of the House go. Except now, the Klieg lights will be more intense as she speaks for the United States Government in the Holy See, and as Newt tags along.
Instead of a search result returning “spouse of a U.S. politician”, her Wikipedia page has been updated on the date of her Senate confirmation to indicate that she is the United States Ambassador to the Holy See (Designate), with taking office still marked “TBD.” We can totally understand a woman reinventing herself. She could have asked for any other job in this administration, but she picked a diplomatic post. From now on, she will be known as Ambassador Gingrich, and not just Newt’s third wife.
Confirmed, 70-23: Exec. Cal. #226, Callista Gingrich, of VA, to be U.S Ambassador to the Holy See.
— Floor Monitor (@senategopfloor) October 16, 2017
Here are the 23 Senators who voted against the nomination of Callista Gingrich for US Ambassador to the Holy See pic.twitter.com/krvMsh1lLu
— Jamie Dupree (@jamiedupree) October 16, 2017
JUST IN: US Senate approves Callista Gingrich, lifelong Catholic and wife of Newt Gingrich, as US amb. to the Holy See at the Vatican. pic.twitter.com/zxfgELKqy4
— NBC Nightly News (@NBCNightlyNews) October 16, 2017
Callista Gingrich was confirmed as US ambassador to the Vatican, but will her nomination be accepted there? https://t.co/fBMvr1ghh1
— Twitter Moments (@TwitterMoments) October 17, 2017
Of course, her nomination will be accepted there. Diplomatic courtesy requires that before the United States appoints a new chief of diplomatic mission to represent it in another state, it must be first ascertained whether the proposed appointee –in this case, Mrs. Gingrich — is acceptable to the receiving state, the Holy See. The acquiescence of the Vatican is signified by its granting agrément to the appointment. Her nomination would not have been made public had the Vatican did not find her nomination acceptable. It is unusual for an agrément to be refused, but it occasionally happens, as in the case of the French Ambassador nominee who was reportedly rejected because he was gay.
YOU KNOW WHO ELSE IS BACK? The sharp tongued- Princess Sparkle Pony is on Twitter.
Hooray for Callista Gingrich! pic.twitter.com/Bq6JCPxFq3
— Peter Huestis (@RealSparklePony) October 17, 2017
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