Skip to comments.Gingrich reaction: Republicans livid, accuse former speaker of hypocrisy in attack on Ryan
Posted on 05/16/2011 6:58:24 AM PDT by libstripper
This morning Republicans are just beginning to assess the damage that former House Speaker and current presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has done to the GOP budget plan currently before Congress. On "Meet the Press" Sunday, Gingrich denounced House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan's plan to restructure Medicare, saying, "I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate."
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The last time he was really admired was in 1996, and I suspect now that he was probably always full of sh*t; a bright but opportuntstic guy with no set basket of principles who would sell ANYBODY down the river if he thought it would benefit himself. A Truly contemptible historical figure.
Newt is a RINO hypocrite.
I have to give Newt credit for one thing... he made Bill Clinton look like an honest, decent man.
I wasn’t a Newt supporter before this weekend, but now I actively dislike him. In my opinion, Paul Ryan is the best thing to happen to the United States in many years; his proposed budget is the only one that seriously addresses the catastrophic mess made out of our budget by both Democrats (primarily) and Republicans (secondarily).
New is not a conservative, and after his contemptible remarks this weekend, I think his chance of winning the nomination went from slight to none.
Neither do I.
I don't watch MTP. Did Newt expound on what he considers to be right-wing social engineering in Ryan's budget?
I think he’s bucking for the Democrat Party nomination.
What’s ironic is the way Democrats killed off Gingrich last time by lying about his “wither on the vine” statement in regards to Medicare.
What a dumbass.
Right wing social engineering?
If by that, he means getting government the hell out of the way and having personal responsibility as a must — then hell yes, I am ALL FOR right wing social engineering.
So, this is either a bit of a temper tantrum for not receiving ringing support of his running for President or he is positioning himself left to setup some kind of goofy ass independent run. There is no way he thought these comments would be ones that would bring him the nomination.
The MSM will now try to push this loser upon Conservatives as the Republicans best chance to beat Barry in 2012.
He figured out social conservatives will not vote for him in the primaries and is going for the brain dead suburbanite “moderate” vote.
Newt = McCain Redux
Newt is like John McCain without all the high energy charisma and excitement.
With Gingrich, it is difficult to tell which is bigger — his mouth or his ego.
He can get many feet in that mouth.
An amazing, almost instantaneous self immolation of a presidential candidate.
Anyone that thinks Ryan’s plan is “radical” is living in a dummieland alterverse.
Further, there is no “right wing” in this country. Statism is all there is. The tea party is the only opposition to Big Government, and it’s really not very concerned with anything other than money.
Newt is another disappointing example of a completely co-opted statist mole. On the order of a Meg Whitman. The Statists seek to have candidates of both parties on the ballot.
Amen. Newt is a self-centered jerk. Why I bet he would even betray his wife. Oh, wait, he has done that, twice.
Newt’s making money. That’s the only explanation. He’s creating a liberal media support system through which to sell his future books. He knows he’s not electable, so he’s going to cash out.
Once a betrayer, always a betrayer.
His ex wives can attest to that.
I’m beginning to think an MRI is in order for Newt.
I saw most of MTP but missed a short segment...I actually missed the part where he said the line you quoted. But since his appearance, I’ve studied several sources and tried to piece things together. I believe he had to have been referring to the two huge changes Ryan proposed re: healthcare. We already know what they are. Changing the current Medicare system to a voucher system with premium support for the lower income folks, where they go into the private market to buy their choice of plans but the gubmint supplements the cost based on income level. Second, block-granting Medicaid to the states for the governors to run the programs as they see fit.
He seems to be trying to say that he thinks those are too huge of a change for the gubmint to mandate on people...just because of the magnitude of the change not necessarily because they are bad ideas. The part of MTP I did hear was in which he said he believed in a range of choices for people. So from that, I’m guessing he might be for letting everybody choose what kind of plan they want from a wide range of options. However, if he believes in a mandate aka coercion, penalties etc nationwide on every American (those details are not yet fleshed out), then put those two together and you have a “you must, must have a plan, and here are your multiple choices, now pick one”. I guess that in his mind wouldn’t be social engineering from the left or the right.
Maybe social engineering from the center?? Which would be ok?
Again, my guess is maybe he got scared by the polls and town halls where so many say they don’t want Medicare changed, and maybe he got scared that the Dems will succeed in their lies that the GOP is out to destroy Medicare. Maybe he believes the only way out of that trap - if it is a trap - is to offer everybody a choice which would include things as they are as well as various kinds of changes they could choose.
He shouldn’t have used those loaded words in describing what the current GOP have put forward. No way should they be verbally equated with the radical left led by Obama, Pelosi, Reid, Soros, etc. If he didn’t mean it that way, well, what can I say?...it SOUNDED that way...
He wants to define himself as special.
Never liked him.
We can’t seem to get any decent frontmen.
except Ryan, DeMint and Palin to really represent the party on what has to be done
an outlier like Cain looks decent enough but he’s not party really and very very untested
this is the GOPs biggest opportunity since 1980 and we seem to be wandering
I din’t watgch MTP either. However, from the articles I’ve read, it appears that Newt viewed Rhyan’s idea of providing insurance vouchers to Meidcare beneficiaries and encouraging health savings accounts as “right wing social engineering.” That’s reallly rancid because it’s only such an approach that has any hope of digging us out of the hole we’re in and avoiding collapse of the entire system. It’s also the kind of free enterprise, individual responsibility based sysgem the pre-1995 (the year the Clintons blackmailed and flipped him) Newt would have advocated.
could be he just wants to get enough support so he thinks he can play kingmaker. Palin has that job sewed up. She has the juice that Newty never had...
Buy Gingrich Lubricant, it makes government so very smooth.
hey newt...you should only WISH you had the intelligence, vision, crispness of youth and fresh ideas as Paul Ryan. Your days are over. Over. Same with Romney. Over.
Please GOD give us a candidate to win in 2012 like some of the fresh, young faces who can lead this country.
Love Palin but she won’t win
Love Bachman but she won’t win
Love Rubio but don’t THINK he could win
Love CAIN and know he can win!!! Needs a good, solid choice for VP and currently that would be my ticket.
Hope Trump stays in the race. He would eat the lunches of those on BOTH sides in the debates!!!
That could have been his aim. Now the MSM will all want him on their shows to bash the right. He will be their darling from the gitgo and we will never hear the end of how great he is.
He’s a Trojan Horse... a traitor to Conservatism.
He took this opportunity to make himself look moderate for the coming campaign, that's all. The thing is, the conventional wisdom with elections is run to the center AFTER you win the nomination, not before. A very foolish move from a very foolish and forgettable man, and as I have said before, a man that couldn't get elected for night watchman at Macy's if he tried.
(Just D@mn, that Pelosi dame must've really been smokin' HAWT on that couch they shared.)
I love the pictures! 17 years ago I named my weiner dog after Newt; I am trying to figure out what to call him now. I don’t want him named after some RINO idiot. I am pretty sure that the original Newt was replaced by a pod person years ago.
Psst. His name is Rumplestiltskin.