- Gingrich sold access and influence even if he didn’t lobby under the letter of the law.
- He says he never took money to adopt a position, and didn’t need the income.
- The most important primary question at this point: Will conservatives forgive Gingrich his trespasses?
- Gingrich details a few hawkier points of his immigration plan, including sending half of Homeland Security to the border, making English an “official” language and instituting a fine for those illegal immigrants that would be granted legal status.
- A Georgia woman alleges she had a 13-year affair with Herman Cain:
She showed us
- New Hampshire’s largest paper, the Union Leader (not to be confused with “union leaders”), endorses Newt Gingrich with an implicit case against Mitt Romney: “We would rather back someone with whom we may sometimes disagree than one who tells us what he thinks we want to hear.”
- The nod has historically helped candidates outperform
- Romney’s first paid TV ad, which is set for a six figure buy in New Hampshire:
(The quote “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose” was Obama playfully channeling the McCain campaign.)
- Obama says he’ll veto any effort to dismantle the supercommittee’s automatic cuts.
- The short-term question following
- Gingrich didn’t lobby for Freddie Mac, but he was paid $1.6 million over eight years, Bloomberg reports, and not for being a crisis-predicting historian.
- Unlike the other beneficiaries of primary boomlets so far, Gingrich polls as well as Romney in a general election.
- The Republican nominating game of musical chairs in one chart.