Does it take a thief to know a thief? If so, it’s no accident that the two most ruthlessly dishonest people vying for the Republican presidential nomination are accusing each other of corruption:
2012 GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich has been taking a lot of heat for receiving $1.6 million from Freddie Mac, the government backed mortgage giant, and Mitt Romney has now piled on, calling on Gingrich to return the money. “He was on a debate saying that politicians who took money from Freddie and Fannie should go to jail,” Romney said.
Gingrich was asked about the remark today during an appearance in New Hampshire. He replied, “if Governor Romney would like to give back all the money he’s earned from bankrupting companies and laying off employees over his years at Bain, then I would be glad to listen to him.”
This is worse than the pot calling the kettle black. This is two chimps in a cage throwing their own excrement at each other. Gingrich took money as a lobbyist, although he would never call what he did lobbying. Romney broke large companies then picked up the pieces and turned them into a personal fortune. While trying to steal the biggest prize of all — the presidency — the candidates are reminding anyone who’s listening that they’re both corrupt.
I think each man should call for the jailing of the other, repeatedly, until Barack Obama’s oddly apathetic Department of Justice is embarrassed into investigating how they made their money. Maybe neither man did anything technically illegal, but an investigation would raise a stink that might gag even “low-information” voters.