In case anyone had any remaining doubts that the Teabaggers aren’t simply rebranded Bush/Cheney Republicans, this should put an end to them.
That’s right, a guy who pocketed $300,000 to shill for Freddie & Fannie, ran up a six-figure tab at Tiffany, and who’s been part of the Washington establishment for 32 years — this is the guy Teabaggers want to put in the White House.
At last night’s GOP presidential debate, after the candidates all took turns blaming the Bush Administration big gubmint for the financial crisis, John Harwood asked Newt what he did to earn $300,000 from Freddie & Fannie in 2006.
I have never done any lobbying, every contract that was written during the period when I was out of the office specifically said I would do no lobbying, and I offered advice. And my advice as a historian, when they walked in and said to me, we are now making loans to people who have no credit history and have no record of paying back anything, but that’s what the government wants us to do, is I said — I said to them at the time: This is a bubble. This insane. This is impossible.
Internal Freddie Mac budget records show $11.7 million was paid to 52 outside lobbyists and consultants in 2006. Power brokers such as former House Speaker Newt Gingrich were recruited with six-figure contracts. Freddie Mac paid the following amounts to the firms of former Republican lawmakers or ex-GOP staffers in 2006…
Pushing back, Freddie Mac enlisted prominent conservatives, including Gingrich and former Justice Department official Viet Dinh, paying each $300,000 in 2006, according to internal records.
Gingrich talked and wrote about what he saw as the benefits of the Freddie Mac business model.
Newt wasn’t paid over a quarter of a million dollars as a “historian.” But to be fair, he needed the money — that Tiffany bling ain’t cheap.
[Pater] Doocy stated that Kraushaar had “a history of problems at work.” Doocy then described an Associated Press article that reported that Kraushaar had also made a complaint about unfair treatment at a subsequent job, three years after her complaint against Cain. Running underneath the report, on-screen text stated “A Serial Complainer?”
I know and like Rick Perry tremendously and I think that not only could he beat Barack Obama, but that he would beat Obama and be an excellent President conservatives would not feel the need to fight against every step of the way.
(Latest RCP average: the Secessionist trails Obama by 9.2%.)
I know and like Herman Cain tremendously and I think that should he survive this latest problem with his campaign, he would come out of it much, much stronger and could beat Barack Obama and be an excellent President.
(Latest RCP average: the Pizza Guy trails Obama by 7.4%.)
I really do believe that MItt [sic] Romney cannot beat Barack Obama.
You know, Barack Obama likes to talk about what he inherited. He inherited a victory in Iraq. He inherited a triple-A bond rating. And right now you have got a situation where, frankly, he is going down the wrong path on all of these issues.
This is what Liz Cheney’s “victory” looks like: since Obama took office in 2009, 262 Americans have been killed in Iraq. And with regards to the other war her father screwed up, we’ve lost another 1,201 men and women.
And to this day, none of the bile-spewing, privileged spawn of Dick Cheney were actually doing any of the actual fighting and dying in either country.
As for the triple-A bond rating, that’s a bit like Hooverites bragging about how little debt FDR inherited in 1933.
House Speaker John Boehner disputes the notion that Republicans are “servants of the rich.”
“That’s very unfair,” Boehner said in an interview aired Sunday on ABC’s “This Week.” “Listen, I come from a family of 12. My dad owned a bar. I’ve got brothers and sisters on every rung of the economic ladder.”
I swept floors! I put myself through college! My grandfather was a sharecropper! I have lots of friends who are poor!
All those non sequiturs aren’t fooling anyone, Tan Man.
Two in three Americans say they believe Republicans in Congress favor the rich. Nine percent say they favor the middle class, while 2 percent say they favor the poor. Fifteen percent say Republicans in Congress treat all classes equally.
Obviously, two-thirds of the country doesn’t realize that Tan Man’s daddy once owned a bar.