Watching the GOP Debates? Here's a Drinking Game to Keep You Entertained
Looking for a new drinking game for the remainder of the Republican debates? (According to the schedule, there's at least five more to go.) I've got one that, even with the remaining candidates, is guaranteed to put you under the table well before the end of the debate: Take a shot every time these guys attack each other and get each other right.
Just please give your car keys to someone who's not playing this drinking game. According to the rules, you'll be taking a shot every time the candidates attack each other, because every time they attack each other they get each other exactly right.
Maybe some Republican voters are still interested in hearing how Newt will "bloody Obama's nose" in a general election, but the rest of us are noticing how many punches these guys are landing on each other.
Romney hammered Gingrich hard on some financial information Gingrich released Monday: his contract with Freddie Mac. While Gingrich insists he didnt lobby, Romney noted that his newly released contract showed he was hired by the firms chief lobbyist. We have congressmen who say you lobbied them, he told his rival. I didn't lobby them, Gingrich shot back, his voice getting high and whiny the way it did when that Iowa voter told him he was a disgrace to his party last spring. At one point he fell awkwardly silent. You can call it whatever you like, I call it influence peddling, Romney concluded. Score that round for the wealthy former frontrunner.
That one probably stung Newt a little, because it's true.
"...took $1.6 million from Freddie Mac"
The same Romney ad said that Gingrich took $1.6 million from Freddie Mac. That's because he did.
Newt Gingrich made between $1.6 million and $1.8 million in consulting fees from two contracts with mortgage company Freddie Mac, according to two people familiar with the arrangement.
The total amount is significantly larger than the $300,000 payment from Freddie Mac that Gingrich was asked about during a Republican presidential debate on Nov. 9 sponsored by CNBC, and more than was disclosed in the middle of congressional investigations into the housing industry collapse.
Gingrich's business relationship with Freddie Mac spanned a period of eight years. When asked at the debate what he did to earn a $300,000 payment in 2006, the former speaker said he offered them advice on precisely what they didn't do, and warned the company that its lending practices were insane. Former Freddie Mac executives who worked with Gingrich dispute that account.
Don't take Romney's word for it. Andy Kroll has Newt's Freddie Mac contract. Read it for yourself.
Read more about when Republicans accurately attack each other (examples for the drinking game) here.