Newt Gingrich is adamant that he is not a lobbyist, but rather a visionary who traffics in ideas, not influence. But in the eight years since he started his health care consultancy, he has made millions of dollars while helping companies promote their services and gain access to state and federal officials. (NYT, 11/30/2011)
The lead in the race to become the Republican presidential nominee has shifted rapidly over the course of several weeks between Perry, Cain, Gingrich and Romney. As a result, the New York Times has had to work overtime to trash each prospective candidate. So far they have been up to the task. Here they level a devastating charge against Newt: He may have been a lobbyist!
The leading conservative voices who have come to Herman Cain’s defense began backing away on Tuesday as he acknowledged that he was reassessing his Republican presidential bid, uncertain that he could withstand a report of an extramarital affair after accusations of sexual harassment and stumbling foreign policy responses. (NYT, 11/30/2011)
Count RedStateVT as flummoxed. Under the Clinton Rules for Presidential Candidates, as enthusiastically championed by both the Democrat party and the media, extramarital affairs are NOT considered grounds for dropping a presidential bid.
“Four years ago it was about hope,” the mayor said. “Now it’s about his (Obama's) record.” (Scranton, Pennsylvania Mayor Christopher A. Doherty (D), NYT, 1129/2011)
If Obama has lost Scranton, he's lost the race!
Barney Frank is leaving office at the end of his term. Maybe he just wants to spend more quality time with his pot-growing prostitute friends in the sub-prime lending business. (Michael Graham, Boston Herald, 11/29/2011)
Leave it to the Boston Herald to sum it up for Barney!