Perhaps they like dirty laundry and lots of baggage? Maybe they feel bad for President Obama and wanted to help nominate a candidate who levels the playing field. Loser vs loser?
In 2008, they pushed John McCain down our collective throats. This time around, it's Newt Gingrich. In a time where the economy is our top priority, they want us to nominate someone who can't even handle his own personal and campaign finances.
In an op-ed in Forbes Magazine Sunday , Richard Salsman chimes in on Newt Gingrich:
The latest heartthrob of the GOP conservatives is 15-term Congressman and former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, born and raised a Southern Baptist but a man who then flip-flopped by converting to Catholicism in 2009 at the behest of his third wife (a House staffer 24 years his junior whom helped Gingrich cheat on his second wife). Romney has been married once, for 42 years. Conservatives seem to have no problem that Gingrich is both a religious and marital flip-flopper.
Worse, they don’t seem to object that in the past decade his “consulting” firm got $37 million in fees from pharmaceutical firms lobbying for the 2003 prescription drug benefit (Medicare Part D), from ADM and ethanol makers lobbying for subsidies, from Freddie Mac lobbying for federal support for the soon-to-be toxic sub-prime mortgage market, and from banks lobbying for the 2008 “TARP” bailout (which Gingrich endorsed). When he wasn’t busy pursuing these various corruptions, Gingrich was busy promoting Al Gore’s “cap and trade” legislation and global warming myths in widely-publicized TV and print ads sitting cozily on a coach with Nancy Pelosi, whose political tactics he has subsequently characterized as “despicable,” “dishonest” and “vicious.” Well, it takes one to know one.
As to what is the reality of this endorsement and what weight does it hold? I can tell you as someone who has been involved in NH and Massachusetts politics for the past 40 years, it means diddly squat.
John McCain won in 08 not because he had the endorsement from the Union Leader, but because he had the best ground game and spent lots of time in the state. This time around, Romney has the best ground game and NOBODY else, I mean NOBODY else comes even close.
I'd like to tell the Union Leader editorial board where to stick their endorsement, but I won't. After all, it's Sunday when I'm writing this.
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