In a little-noted exchange Wednesday, House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, who has been careful not to take sides in the Republican presidential primary, was asked by Politico's Mike Allen about Newt Gingrich.
"I'm not sure he's as conservative as some people think he is," Boehner responded.
Boehner has a long, tortured history with Gingrich (like many Republicans who have been around since the 90s), but his response is the latest indication that Gingrich has a big problem that goes beyond his personal life or his infamous lack of discipline or his "zany" ideas: Many conservatives just don't trust him.
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My point: As Gingrich is relentlessly attacked in the coming days and weeks, the most devastating line of attack in a Republican primary might be that he is insufficiently conservative and that GOP primary voters might want a conservative alternative to Romney, but the guy who sat down on a couch with House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., and wants to see FDR on Mount Rushmore is not the one.
As for Boehner, he did add that although Gingrich is not as conservative as most people think, he is a conservative. Then asked whether Gingrich would be a good president, Boehner ducked the question.