It’s reminiscent of Nixon’s “I am not a crook” line, coming from an equally offensive man, though Nixon was far more cunning.

Then why did companies in the health care industry pay Mr. Gingrich’s think tank over $37 million? Or what was that word the Post used, collected?

A think tank founded by GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich collected at least $37 million over the past eight years from major health-care companies and industry groups, offering special access to the former House speaker and other perks, according to records and interviews. – Gingrich think tank collected millions from health-care industry

Then there’s the other problem:

The health center advocated, among other things, requiring that “anyone who earns more than $50,000 a year must purchase health insurance or post a bond,” a type of insurance mandate that has since become anathema to conservatives.

If that doesn’t explode the heads of Republican primary voters just wait a moment for Newt’s history to load, because this guy has got a million of them.

Newt also lobbied for (ahem) discussed end of life care, aka “death panels” in wingnut speak, which he wrote about in the Washington Post in 2009: “Gundersen Lutheran Health System in La Crosse, Wisconsin has developed a successful end-of-life, best practice…” Matt Taibbi hit him hard on it at the time.

Coming on top of Newt’s $1.6+ million “non-lobbying” fees for Freddie Mac, one wonders when Republicans and conservatives will get a clue.

This latest Newt “non-lobbying,” while actually lobbying, story comes as the shock poll of the day has Gingrich tied, that’s right, tied with Romney in New Hampshire. They don’t call it a shock poll for nothin’.

Two things are true about New Hampshire Republican primary voters. They vote for people they know. And they love an underdog with a comeback story. – NHJournal

I’ll need more than one poll to buy into the “underdog.. comeback story” notion that Newt Gingrich can beat Mitt Romney in New Hampshire.

But if it would put the squeeze on Romney to get busy in Iowa, I’d be tempted to push it.