Monday, November 28, 2011

Newt Gingrich wins union leader's — excuse us, Union Leader's — endorsement

Posted By on Mon, Nov 28, 2011 at 9:50 AM

Happy post-holiday morning to you, one and all! After you sip your AM coffee and tell your coworkers about what kind of dark secrets you revealed to family members while drunk, consider this: Newt Gingrich is this week's most likely Republican presidential nominee that's not Mitt Romney. U.S. Rep. Michelle Bachmann, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, and Friend of Libya™ Herman Cain have all enjoyed their days as frontrunners and it's now time for sagacious Newt to shine.

The bump comes courtesy of an endorsement from the New Hampshire Union Leader, the battleground state's largest newspaper (and which also happens to be quite conservative editorially). Via the Washington Post:

“We don’t back candidates based on popularity polls or big-shot backers. We look for conservatives of courage and conviction who are independent-minded, grounded in their core beliefs about this nation and its people, and best equipped for the job,” the newspaper said in its Sunday front-page editorial.

The Union Leader’s editorial is a sign that conservative concerns about Romney’s shifts on crucial issues of abortion and gay rights were unlikely to fade. Those worries have led Romney to keep Iowa’s Jan. 3 caucuses — where conservatives hold great sway — at arm’s length.

The endorsement is both a blessing and a curse for Gingrich. On the one hand, it's a vote of confidence in a key state. On the other, half his supporters didn't know "Union Leader" was the name of a newspaper and not, in fact, a "labor union leader." So the Gingrich crew is probably celebrating and trying to put out fires today.

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