Latest news out of Florida: Last week, Mitt Romney was 20 points ahead. Today, he’s tied with Newt Gingrich.
And Newt’s sudden rise in the polls is all the more astounding because it’s based on three big lies.
One, he’s an outsider. Talk about pious baloney. He came to Washington in 1979 as a newly-elected Congressman, served in Congress for 20 years, and he’s never gone home. If he’s not part of the Washington establishment, there is no Washington establishment.
Two, he’s not a lobbyist. More baloney. True, he may not have actually “registered” as a lobbyist. But he has an office on K St. He meets with members of Congress and state legislators about legislation impacting companies who pay him to represent them – pocketing $25,000 a month, for example, from Freddie Mac’s top lobbyist. That’s influence-peddling. That’s lobbying.
Three, he’s a limited-government conservative. Nonsense. He’s advocated colonies on Mars, full-scale federal initiative on brain research, an individual mandate on health care, and federal action against global warming. And he calls himself a “Teddy Roosevelt Republican.”
If conservatives knew the truth about Newt, they wouldn’t support him.
That’s my parting shot for today.