Newt Gingrich is not pulling any punches as he awaits his sure-to-be-staggering defeat by Mitt Romney in Florida. As reported by CNN, Gingrich made an appearance on ABC's This Week and said that Romney flat-out lied about his political past. Well, now I've heard everything.
In particular, Gingrich cited Romney's claim that he had never voted for a Democrat when a Republican was on the ballot, including his support for Democrat Paul Tsongas in the 1992 Massachusetts presidential primary.
You can't rewrite history, Mitt. Strangely enough, that's exactly what Gingrich is being told by Romney, who has been drudging up his opponent's 1997 ethics violation and 1999 resignation "in disgrace" from Congress.
On Saturday, Romney called Gingrich "a great guy with a lot of great ideas," but added his chief rival's standing as an historian "doesn't give him the right to re-write history."
"He was fined for ethics violations," Romney said. "He ultimately had to resign in disgrace. He can't rewrite history."
Could both these candidates be flubbing their pasts? According to them, yes — er, about each other. But I won't lie and say it isn't entertaining. I'm loving the back-and-forth between Gingrich and Romney, which only promises to get more bitchy as Romney continues to surge ahead.
Gingrich responded Sunday that "I did not resign in disgrace," and he also rejected the assertion that the $300,000 he paid to cover the cost of the investigation against him was a fine.
All right, gentlemen. You let us know when you've sorted it all out. But do remember what Winston Churchill said — "History is written by the victors." Which, at this point, is not anyone in the Republican Party.
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