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little hallelujah? (via the WashingtonTimes)

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will begin next week to seek financial commitments from donors for a presidential-nomination bid, the Georgia Republican told The Washington Times yesterday.

If he can get pledges for $30 million over the next three weeks, he will join the Republican presidential-nomination race — a prospect he had been downplaying until yesterday….

“I think in the age of television, we are reaching more people today than Abraham Lincoln reached personally his entire career,” he told Fox News yesterday.

“Your show has literally that much more penetration,” he said. “So I think in the age of television, I’ve been in Iowa many times.”

Proving once again that a grandiose ego, checkered personal background, absence of ethics and utter lack of shame is no barrier for a Republican Presidential aspirant.

Lesson one: never, ever get between Newt and a television camera. Lesson two: pass the popcorn. Because in Newtie’s world, if people send him $30 million dollars, that means he’s beloved, even though his negatives are somewhere around Dick Cheney’s ankles. Newsweek already says that it is hard to take Gingrich seriously. Let the games begin…

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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