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At the outset of the 2012 Republican presidential primary process, we took a look at the GOP field and determined that the two most consistently untrustworthy, hypocritical and fiscally liberal candidates were former U.S. Speaker Newt Gingrich and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney.

How disappointing it is, then, that with one month to go before the Iowa Caucus, the GOP race has effectively boiled down to Gingrich v. Romney.

Seriously … we thought we had at least one of these cancers completely cut out of the equation earlier this year.

But that’s the thing about cancers. Whether actual or ideological – they have a way of coming back.

“The fact that a demonstrated sellout like Gingrich is being seriously considered by Republicans in 2012 is a testament to the ongoing ideological bankruptcy of the GOP establishment,” we wrote in our initial assessment of the 2012 field. “And Gingrich’s sellout is ongoing, too. Since leaving Congress he’s cozied up to the left on the climate change issue and endorsed left-leaning  ‘Republicans’ over credible conservative challengers.”

Want to read more about the “real” Gingrich? Click here, here and here.

As for Romney?

“Next to Gingrich, Romney is absolutely, positively our least favorite candidate in the presumed 2012 field,” we wrote. “In 2008 this shape-shifter proved there wasn’t an ideological U-turn he wouldn’t take in an effort to pick up votes – although the end result of all these contortions in South Carolina was a disappointing fourth-place finish.”

Romney’s latest balancing act? His whiplash-inducing contention that an individual mandate for health care was somehow good for Massachusetts when he was governor but bad for America now that Barack Obama is President.

Here’s a news flash, Mitt … it was never a good idea, as the numbers from Massachusetts have borne out.

Of course Gingrich doesn’t  have any room to talk on this issue, either – as he supported the individual mandate during the debate over Hillarycare back in the early 1990s.

And these are your “Republican” presidential frontrunners?

Wow.

America really is f*cked.

Pic: via Daylife

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