When he mocked Mitt Romney’s “pious baloney’’ during their final New Hampshire debate, Newt Gingrich nailed his rival’s big problem down the road: It’s not capitalism, it’s a lack of truthfulness. Romney’s refusal to acknowledge the depth of his ambitions is fairly standard for politicians. What’s a little different is Romney’s willingness to invent a scenario in which he is more modest and civic-minded than the average pol, when he is at least as ego-driven and tactical as anyone else who dreams of becoming president.
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