Opinion

Joan Vennochi

‘Pious baloney’ is exactly that

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 Romney’s business record; it’s his lack of truthfulness.

Gingrich’s acid assessment came after Romney suggested that he didn’t run for reelection as governor of Massachusetts because it would be selfish to do so: “That would be about me,’’ Romney said during last week’s “Meet the Press’’ debate, eliciting eye-rolling from Rick Santorum - and a harsh retort from Gingrich.

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