Freddie Macadammerung

TAMPA, Fla. – Newt Gingrich’s campaign has, for the second time, shown up the Mitt Romney team with a document dump. Tonight, the sought-after form of choice is the 15-page consulting agreement that the Gingrich Group signed with Freddie Mac. Here’s the closest thing we’ve got to a money shot:
Screen shot 2012-01-23 at 8.09.28 PM Game: Changed. As Tim Carney points out, Craig Thomas was, at the time this was inked, a registered lobbyist. And so the Romney campaign is already demanding what I will refer to ironically as “the long-form consulting certificate.”
Screen shot 2012-01-23 at 8.00.38 PM Let’s play the string out: What could the Gingrich network possibly do to answer all of the Romney campaign’s nagging questions? Theoretically, it would be dosing Freddie Mac employees with sodium pentothal and have them explain exactly what Newt said at meetings. And… no, I can’t think of anything else that would actually do it. So the campaign can keep begging, and hoping that the “begging” looks like accountability.