Gingrich gears up to fleece the faithful

Newt Gingrich is rising in the polls for GOP presidential nominee and he’s understandably thrilled, but not for the reason you might think.

(CBS News) — Gingrich was widely written off several months ago after an exodus of advisers from his campaign, but he has soldiered ahead on a shoestring budget compared with his rivals. A new CNN/ORC International poll shows him in a statistical tie with Romney, with 22 percent to the former Massachusetts governor’s 24 percent.

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A cheater, a heretic, and a hustler

The leading GOP candidates: Newt Gingrich, Mitt Romney, and Herman Cain. Photo credit AP

That’s what the GOP field boils down to for the fundamentalist base of the Republican Party. Bible thumping dominionists, associated neoconfederate racists, and a handful of reptilian corporate overlords have to choose between a serial adulterer, a flip-flopping heretic, and a controversial hustler. Right now the hustler leads by a hair, but insiders say the heretic is favored by the big money boyz and will thus probably prevail in the end. No one is giving the cheater much of a chance right now: [Read more…]