Great irony of 2012 campaign for GOP nomination:
The “anti-establishment” candidates were D.C. Beltway residents
As I was reading Timothy Carney’s critique of Newt Gingrich’s bid for the White House, caught something about the man who billed himself the “Last Conservative Standing” in the contest:
He was speaker of the House until he resigned from Congress, stayed inside the Beltway, and began working as a lobbyist and consultant for the most entrenched industries while living in McLean. Even so, he said he was running as the “conservative” against “the Beltway establishment.”
Rick Santorum, the other choice of Republicans eager to repudiate the establishment, also remained in the Washington, D.C. area after leaving Congress.
Not sure I agree with Carney’s conclusion about the damage Newt has done to GOP; it all depends on how he exits the race next week.
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