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December 10. 2011 11:18PM

Joseph W. McQuaid: Romney's desperate hours

Mitt Romney has thought himself so close, for so long, to finally grabbing a presidential nomination that he is now desperate as his “front-runner” status slips away. Desperate men do desperate things.

Enter John Sununu, former White House chief of staff to George H.W. Bush. As revealed last week, Sununu has been nursing a 20-year-old grudge against Newt Gingrich.

Why? Gingrich refused to go along with Sununu and others who engineered Bush's infamous breaking of his “read my lips, no new taxes” pledge. Breaking that pledge caused Bush to lose the White House to Bill Clinton.

It may be understandable for Sununu to want to “get Gingrich” over this. But it is nearly incredible that Romney would allow himself to be talked into supporting it. What a way to remind voters, already highly skeptical of his reliability, that Mitt Romney is aligned with the Bush-Sununu gang that broke the pledge and raised our taxes.

Again, desperate men do desperate things. Romney's excuse that he doesn't “write the scripts” in which Sununu and his other surrogates are now viciously and personally smearing Gingrich is laughable. He clearly approves. New Hampshire voters had better brace themselves for what Romney may do next.

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