• That Awkward Moment When Newt Gingrich Calls Mitt Romney a Liar

    You might remember Newt Gingrich's initial strategy of running a "relentlessly positive campaign" and focusing his condescension on debate moderators rather than his primary competitors.

    Unfortunately, that tactic got cancer somewhere on the way to Iowa, so he had to dump it in favor of something a little more sultry and alluring

    [CBS Correspondent Norah O'Donnell:] "You scolded Mitt Romney, his friends who are running this Super PAC that has funded that, and you said of Mitt Romney, 'Someone 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?"

    "Yes," Gingrich replied.

    "You're calling Mitt Romney a liar?"

    "Well, you seem shocked by it!" said 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."

    Frankly, Romney may indeed be a dissembling fraud whose SuperPAC ads unfairly characterize Gingrich's position on immigration reform, but historically speaking, he's the kind of dissembling fraud that Gingrich would fundamentally endorse for president, should it come to that…

    Yet, when pressed by CBS News' chief Washington correspondent Bob Schieffer on whether he could support Romney if the "Massachusetts moderate" became the Republican nominee, Gingrich replied, "Sure. I would support a Republican candidate against Barack Obama because I think Barack Obama is tearing the country apart."

    I've missed bitter Newt! The jelly doughnut that resides where his soul should be is capable of coming up the most perplexing and entertaining justifications for his statements and behavior.

    Photo by Richard Ellis/Getty Images News/Getty Images


    Tags: Barack Obama, CBS, Mitt Romney, Newt Gingrich, Primaries, Republicans

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