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A blunt Newt Gingrich on Blago, Palin, and Limbaugh

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Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on Monday offered blunt commentary about former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich, conservative radio talk-show host Rush Limbaugh, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, and past and present US Treasury secretaries.

Mr. Gingrich, a one-man idea factory for the Republican Party, was the guest at a Monitor-sponsored breakfast with reporters. He arrived in multitasking mode, emerging from a shiny black Cadillac SUV, holding a cellphone to one ear and thumbing the controls of a BlackBerry held in his other hand.

Blago: the tip of a corruption iceberg

Rod Blagojevich was one stop on Gingrich’s tour of the political horizon. Blagojevich, the former Illinois governor impeached last week in part for apparent efforts to sell Barack Obama’s US Senate seat, “is simply the tip of an iceberg of systemic corruption across this country that is breathtaking,” Gingrich said. “You look at Springfield, you look at Albany, N.Y., you look at Trenton, [N.J.]. You look at Sacramento, [Calif.]. These places are increasingly corrupt,” he said.

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