The Little Engine that Could was always one of my favorite children’s books. The best part was that line, “I Newt I could.” “I Newt I could.” What an amazing lesson for the readers of the book: endurance wins the race.
Not surprisingly, the Cain Train slid off of the tracks the other day when a Georgia business woman, Ginger White, claimed to have had a 13-year affair with the Baptist preacher turned politician. Apparently that was more intolerable than the claims of the 5 women who said that hey had sex-for-employment with Mr. Cain.
Our posse of right-wing bloggers are now circling their wagons around The Newt in their quest for anyone-but-Romney. Donald Trump lit them up with his birther nonsense some time ago, but, after the document was released, they saddled up with Rick Perry. The GW Bush look-alike rode high in his saddle until he failed to know several facts and began to look more like a cow puncher than a cowboy. Yesterday he forgot the Twenty-sixth Amendment to the United States Constitution that was ratified back in 1971.
The cowboy-hat-wearing Herman Cain didn’t know too very much either, but because he was black, the right-wing posse put their political chips on him to ‘prove’ that they weren’t racist. Too funny! But then, we have to remember that these people are aliens- from an alternate multiverse.
Now The Newt. If these good Christian bloggers dropped Herman Cain for his ‘sexual indiscretions’ do you suppose that they know of Newt’s multiple affairs and marriages? Or, doesn’t that matter any longer because they are now at the bottom of the candidate barrel? Here in our universe we might just find this all a bit hypocritical, but then up is down in that other universe. I think I’ll ask the question, though, on my next outer space venture. I did find these aliens quite hostile on my last visit there and was told to ‘shut up!’ by the resident history major.
So Newt Gingrich now sits in the engineer’s seat aboard the ABR Train. For how long do you suppose? How long before he places his foot squarely down his throat? His arrogance, you know. He already rounded a dangerous curve the other day when it was revealed that he had earned a $300,000 fee to advise Freddie Mac as a “historian” who warned that the mortgage company’s business model was “insane.” Imagine that. I’m trying to.
Then, a second sharp turn in the tracks. Forbes reported yesterday that Gingrich ran “a non-profit political operation — American Solutions for Winning the Future. Before disintegrating, the Post reported it generated $52 million and sourced the cash to pay for Gingrich’s private jet travel at $35,000 to $40,000 a trip and $200,000 to $300,000 a year in private limousine bills.”
The ‘little’ engine that could.
Forbes continued, “A health-care think tank — The Center for Health Transformation (CTH) was paid for by annual dues from its corporate sponsors ranging from $20,000 to $200,000. Diabetes treatment company, NovoNordisk paid $1.2 million as a CTH founding charter member for Gingrich’s speeches related to diabetes care, according to the Post;”
Health care? Like the Big Pharm? No, not the pig farm, although it is in the same genre. Rather, the pharmaceutical industry that won the no-bid Medicare prescription plan that costs the government a trillion or so.
So The Newt has been dabbling in health care dollars and home mortgage dollars. Interesting.
Not only did The Newt collect $300K from Freddie Mac, but, continuing with the Forbes article, Gingrich ran “a consulting business that famously collected $1.8 million from Freddie Mac — one of the most popular Republican party pinatas when it comes to the housing crisis blame game. One client Pharmaceuticals Research and Manufacturers of America paid Gingrich $150,000 between 2001 and 20012 when it dropped him after Gingrich recommended that it should build a web site;”
About the foot down the throat. Many politicos thought that it might be a matter of weeks before The Newt would begin to implode with his diarrhetic mouth, but they were wrong. Yesterday in South Carolina, Newt proudly proclaimed that the $300,000 was chicken feed to him. He didn’t need that paltry amount of money because he was making lots of money giving speeches. He said:
“I did no lobbying of any kind – period. I’m going to be really direct, OK? I was charging $60,000 a speech. And the number of speeches was going up, not down. Normally, celebrities leave and they gradually sell fewer speeches every year. We were selling more.”
Add the Arrogance car to the train just behind the Treasure car. Oh, and the Celebrity car. Did I mention the Jesus car?
What new car will The Newt be adding in the next few days? Gosh, that’s way-too difficult to predict!