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November 16, 2011

Is the Gingrich Bubble Already Popping?

Joe Klein says news of Newt Gingrich's ties to Freddie Mac threatens to halt his recent recent rise in the polls.

"You must understand: to Republican stalwarts, a relationship with Freddie Mac is the moral equivalent of satanism. Gingrich was a paid helper -- and, believe me, he didn't get paid $1.6 million to lecture the organization on the failures of government intervention in the market -- in a 'socialist' effort to make home-buying easier for people who ordinarily wouldn't be able to afford houses, an effort that famously went off the rails when the government began supporting sub-prime and other highly questionable mortgages."

"In other words, Gingrich was supporting -- the best guess was that Gingrich was hired to win some Republican support for Freddie -- the very sort of program that he routinely excoriates. This sort of hypocrisy is astounding but, sadly, not unknown to Newt. After all, this was the guy who led the Republican Impeachment of Bill Clinton while having an extra-marital affair of his own."


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