Newt Was Making $30,000 an Hour?

Freddie Mac was paying Newt Gingrich $30,000 a month.  Tonight, Newt told Greta Van Susteren that his “strategic consulting” for them consisted of their coming in to meet with him for about an hour each month.

So they were paying him $30,000 an hour?

Keep digging, Newt.

Herman Cain Makes It Worse

The inexperience of Herman Cain and his campaign team is really showing today as they struggle to deal with the allegations of sexual harassment during Cain’s time as head of the National Restaurant Association (the NRA with food, not guns).  Smart political operatives who have been around the block know that you don’t do drip, drip, drip, you get your response out in a full and coherent fashion, and then you stick to it.

But Cain, having denied knowing even if there were financial settlements paid to the women, let alone the details of them, back-tracked in an interview with Greta Van Susteren on Fox News, admitting to knowledge about the settlements.

Once you get caught in a lie about an allegation, as Cain now has, you lose credibility for the rest of your version, even if you’re telling the truth.

However serious these allegations are, Cain and his staff are doomed to make the situation worse simply because of who they are, untested and unready.  Whoever got the story to Politico — Mitt Romney? Rick Perry? — would have known that because they knew they were hitting a bunch of amateurs.

The Palin-Perry Feud Continues

Sarah Palin seems to be continuing her feud with Rick Perry.  Telling Greta Van Susteren on Fox tonight that the GOP needs a candidate who comes from a modest family background, she could have named Rick Perry, but chose instead to name Herman Cain.  Actually she called him “Herb” Cain throughout the interview, but just because Fox is paying her $1 million a year for commentary is no reason for her to bother to learn the candidates’ names.

Palin also said that she likes making people think!  No, Sarah, what you do is make people’s heads explode.

In case we had any doubts, Nicolle Wallace confirmed tonight on Rachel Maddow that the mentally-ill vice president in her new novel was inspired by Palin.