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An interesting little burst of truth-telling by Gingrich (although of course it is the pot calling the kettle black.

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2pm: Finally, after suffering a million-dollar blitz of negative ads from a Mitt Romney-supporting political action committee [Pac], Newt Gingrich drops the L-word on Romney.

Speaking to Norah O'Donnell on CBS's Early Show this morning, Gingrich went nuclear. Let's roll the tape:

Norah O'Donnell: You scolded Mitt Romney, his friends who are running this super Pac that has funded [the attack ads]. And you said of Mitt Romney, "Somebody who will lie to you to get to be president will lie to you when they are president."

I have to ask you: Are you calling Mitt Romney a liar?

Newt Gingrich: Yes.

O'Donnell: You're calling Mitt Romney a liar?

Gingrich: Well, you seem shocked by it. Yes. I mean, what else could you say?

O'Donnell: Why are you saying he's a liar?

Gingrich: This is a man whose staff created the Pac. His millionaire friends fund the Pac. He pretends he has nothing to do with the Pac. It's baloney. He's not telling the American people the truth. It's just like his pretense that he's a conservative.

Here's a Massachusetts moderate who has tax-paid abortions in Romneycare; puts Planned Parenthood in Romneycare; raises hundreds of millions of dollars of taxes on businesses; appoints liberal judges to appease Democrats; and wants the rest of us to believe somehow he's magically a conservative.

I just think he ought to be honest with the American people and try to win as the real Mitt Romney, not try to invent a poll-driven consultant-guided version that goes around with talking points.

So tell us what you really think Mr Gingrich?

Interesting as well in the context of Krugman writing about Romney running the first "post truth campaign."

by Metatone (metatone [a|t] gmail (dot) com) on Tue Jan 3rd, 2012 at 04:41:10 PM EST

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