Does it surprise anyone that Newt Gingrich is now the front-runner for becoming the Republican Nominee? Well…not really, it does not surprise most people. This startling rise in the polls says a lot about the Republican Party and the base who apparently is ready to overlook all that Newt has done in the past and are willing to push him all the way to the top of the candidates’ list. He is being referred to now as the new flavor of the week for the party, but I would hasten to remind everyone of the real Newt and what his record is.
First he was outed today by Bloomberg.com as being the Lobbyist who was paid up to 1.8 million dollars to “smooth the way” with the loudest Republicans who wanted to disband Freddie Mac. Apparently Newt had enough sway with those Republicans to be worth the 1.8 million dollar price tag. Seeing that Freddie Mac is still around, suggests that Newt earned his money in fine style and was able to bribe fellow Republicans with words of wisdom or whatever else they required. Newt insists he only got $300,000 to be a historian to Freddie Mac…a fat lie that former Freddie Mac officials say is preposterous.
Our good friend Barney Frank has no problem calling Newt the “LL” guy, to MSNBC’s Martin Bashir. Barney says Newt is a Lobbyist and a Liar. Barney reminded us that Newt had been reprimanded for lying and added: “He was clearly there as a lobbyist and slipped and acknowledged that you don’t enhance your academic credentials by serving as Speaker, you enhance your value as a lobbyist.”
Alternet.org reminded us all the way back in April of 2000 that Newt will stoop to any depth to get his message across. Norman Solomon of Alternet.org wrote, “Here’s what Gingrich said three days before last November’s election — in response to an Associated Press reporter who asked him how the campaign was going: ‘Slightly more moving our way. I think that the mother killing the two children in South Carolina vividly reminds every American how sick the society is getting and how much we need to change things.’ Gingrich concluded, ‘The only way you get change is to vote Republican.’”
Newt has had a disastrous stint as Speaker of the House as shown here by Steve Kornacki of Salon.com: ”his eagerness to force a government shutdown over a GOP plan to slash Medicare spending gave President Clinton and Democrats a winning issue in 1996, when nearly 20 Republican incumbents lost their seats and the GOP barely held the House. Shortly after that, Gingrich held off an attempted coup from a band of frustrated but incompetent House Republicans. Then he made things worse for his party by leading an impeachment drive against Clinton in 1998 (even, as we later learned, while engaging in an extramarital affair himself), which backfired and led to shocking Democratic gains in that year’s midterms.”
The final nail in the coffin comes from none other than Jack Abramoff who accuses Newt of Corruption…no one can say he doesn’t know about being Corrupt or knowing who is corrupt, as he was himself prosecuted for “influence peddling.” Abramoff was on an interview with David Gregory of “Meet the Press.” Maggie Haberman of Politico reported on the interview, this is part of her story: “When Gregory pressed on the ‘corruption’ language and noted it’s ‘a heavy charge,’ Abramoff stayed with it, saying, ‘Yes it is. It is corruption. At the end of the day, I say in the book, I believe now, although I didn’t believe then unfortunately, that any provision of favor or any provision of anything to members of Congress and their staff is bribery. And any cashing in on it by them coming out later is corruption.’”
So my friends, please be aware of “The Newtster” , to Republicans I say…vote OBAMA 2012!!
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