Gingrich Episode Exemplifies Revolving Door, Corporate-Political Complex

By: Thursday December 29, 2011 12:15 pm

Yes, of course Newt Gingrich was a lobbyist, because that’s the only reason political figures get paid millions of dollars by corporations. It’s not to give advice. They have large payrolls with all the strategists they’ll ever need. The only thing they don’t have are front men to make sure their strategies get put into [...]

The SuperPAC Negative Attack Strategy on Display in Iowa

By: Wednesday December 28, 2011 8:56 am

The latest poll out of Iowa shows Ron Paul hanging on to a tenuous lead, with Mitt Romney close behind and Newt Gingrich further back. This has led to every candidate in the race, many of whom still have an opportunity for a good showing in Iowa, training their guns on Paul, shifting the negative [...]

Your Post-Citizens United World: Wealthy Donor May Give $20 Million to Gingrich SuperPAC

By: Thursday December 15, 2011 12:54 pm

The yo-yo string which most Republican candidates have ridden up and down this year is now featuring Newt Gingrich, and he looks to be on the downward slope. Public and private polling shows that his momentum has stalled, amidst an onslaught of negative ads, particularly in Iowa. Much of the conservative establishment has unleashed its [...]

Gingrich’s Tax Plan: Give $760,000 to Every Millionaire in America

By: Monday December 12, 2011 2:25 pm

Newt Gingrich actually released his tax plan months ago, when he languished in the polls. It was notable at the time only for the fact that it followed the shift of then-frontrunners Herman Cain and Rick Perry toward a flat tax. Gingrich himself invited the comparisons with Perry’s plan, which was a more traditional flat [...]

Chances for Brokered GOP Convention Non-Trivial

By: Friday December 9, 2011 12:52 pm

The tribunes of the conservative establishment made pretty clear today that they do not accept Newt Gingrich as the nominee of their party for President next year. In nearly identical op-eds, David Brooks and Michael Gerson criticized Gingrich’s fly-by-the-seat-of-his-pants approach to problem solving, and claimed that he would damage conservatism. Other leading pundits had harsh [...]

Romney Offers Support to Ryan Plan to End Medicare

By: Friday December 9, 2011 8:55 am

This salvo from a Romney-linked Super PAC includes the charge that Newt Gingrich supported a health insurance mandate they call “the centerpiece of Obamacare.” The fact that it was also the centerpiece of Romneycare doesn’t appear in the advertisement. But Romney, now the underdog for the GOP nomination, has to scrap back by attacking Gingrich [...]

Occupy Everywhere: Removing Physical Occupation Sites Only Grows Movement

By: Thursday December 8, 2011 2:29 pm

With the commencement of crackdowns on Occupy movement protest sites, the assumption was that the movement faced a fatal blow from which they would not recover. The physical occupation kept the protests at top of mind and in the news, the theory goes, and without the reclaiming of public space the movement would just fade [...]

The Day of Savage Web Ads Attacking Republican Front-Runners

By: Thursday December 1, 2011 1:15 pm

Today was the day that challengers in the Republican Presidential primary took out their heavy machinery on the front-runners. In two pretty devastating Web ads, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are filleted, cut down by their own past public statements. First, we have Ron Paul going after Gingrich: This one includes the TV ad Gingrich [...]

The Secret of Gingrich’s Success: Hating Liberals

By: Wednesday November 30, 2011 9:35 am

Whether Herman Cain is actually reassessing his campaign or not, the truth is that he’s done on the Presidential stage and will probably move into Michele Bachmann/Jon Huntsman territory forthwith. And the data show that the biggest beneficiary of this is Newt Gingrich, which makes sense, because the GOP race has always been a matter [...]

Gingrich on Defensive Over Freddie Mac Ties

By: Wednesday November 16, 2011 11:02 am

It took about one day for Newt Gingrich to show up near the top of the polls in the Republican primary for the oppo research to come out in force. The only reason for the delay was probably that researchers didn’t know what to use first. They settled on Gingrich’s time working for Freddie Mac, [...]

Now Everyone in Congress Wants to Pass the STOCK Act

By: Wednesday November 16, 2011 8:17 am

I thought the 60 Minutes piece on insider trading by members of Congress had quite a few holes in it, but it did call attention to the indefensible fact that members of Congress have no restrictions on insider trading. The conceit is that all hearings, votes, etc. in Congress are a matter of public record, [...]

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