Carol Platt Liebau
The Manchester Union-Leader has endorsed Newt Gingrich, which pretty firmly establishes the former speaker as the chief "not-Romney" candidate.

Either man is an infinite improvement over the current occupant of The White House, but there is plenty about which the GOP electorate should be informed before following the Union-Leader's advice to vote for Gingrich.

Yesterday, the Washington Post ran a story about how Newt Gingrich made his money in the wake of his resignation from Congress.  The story is a textbook blueprint as to how "regular Americans" come to Congress as people of modest means, and leave quite rich, courtesy of their government connections.  His career is a textbook example of the dynamic that Sarah Palin rightly decried in her recent Wall Street Journal op/ed, which would make any endorsement of Newt Gingrich coming from her (as rumored last week) highly ironic.

No, politics shouldn't become the exclusive province of "the rich" -- and yes, I am aware that Mitt Romney is quite rich.   All that said, it's worth noting that he earned most of his wealth himself, through the private sector, and entered politics after making a name for himself elsewhere.  

Carol Platt Liebau

Carol Platt Liebau is an attorney, political commentator and guest radio talk show host based near New York. Learn more about her new book, "Prude: How the Sex-Obsessed Culture Hurts Young Women (and America, Too!)" here.