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Gingrich reaction: Republicans livid, accuse former speaker of hypocrisy in attack on Ryan
Wshington Examiner ^ | May 16, 2011 | Byron York

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 astoundingthing about Newt is the more you learn about him, the more contemptible he becomes. Somehow or other the Clintons really got to him. The only good thing about this mess is he's shown how hopelessly corrupt he is early on so we can flush him down the nearest toilet, hopefully never to be seen again.
1 posted on 05/16/2011 6:58:30 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: libstripper
Newt is Mittens without the money and the good hair.
2 posted on 05/16/2011 7:00:15 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Islamophobia: The fear of offending Muslims because they are prone to violence.)
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To: libstripper
Can anyone around here photoshop that pic of Newt and Nancy?
Just add 0bama and you've got a Newt sandwich.
3 posted on 05/16/2011 7:03:20 AM PDT by ComputerGuy (HM2/USN M/3/3 Marines RVN 66-67)
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To: libstripper
Somehow or other the Clintons really got to him.

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.

4 posted on 05/16/2011 7:05:05 AM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: libstripper

Newt is a RINO hypocrite.


5 posted on 05/16/2011 7:06:52 AM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: libstripper

I have to give Newt credit for one thing... he made Bill Clinton look like an honest, decent man.


6 posted on 05/16/2011 7:07:02 AM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: libstripper

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.


7 posted on 05/16/2011 7:07:55 AM PDT by American Quilter (DEFUND OBAMACARE.)
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To: libstripper
"I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering.

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?

8 posted on 05/16/2011 7:08:42 AM PDT by Texas Eagle (If it wasn't for double-standards, Liberals would have no standards at all -- Texas Eagle)
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To: libstripper

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.


9 posted on 05/16/2011 7:11:35 AM PDT by VeniVidiVici (The last Democrat worth a damn was Stalin. He purged his whole Party.)
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To: libstripper

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.


10 posted on 05/16/2011 7:15:02 AM PDT by C. Edmund Wright (American Thinker Columnist / Rush ghost contributor)
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To: All

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.


11 posted on 05/16/2011 7:16:27 AM PDT by WillVoteForFood
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To: libstripper
Holy Toads & Newts Batman!

The MSM will now try to push this loser upon Conservatives as the Republicans best chance to beat Barry in 2012.

12 posted on 05/16/2011 7:20:39 AM PDT by TexasCajun
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To: WillVoteForFood

He figured out social conservatives will not vote for him in the primaries and is going for the brain dead suburbanite “moderate” vote.


13 posted on 05/16/2011 7:23:50 AM PDT by lodi90
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To: libstripper

Newt = McCain Redux
RINO’s both


14 posted on 05/16/2011 7:25:05 AM PDT by Polyxene
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To: Polyxene

Newt is like John McCain without all the high energy charisma and excitement.


15 posted on 05/16/2011 7:31:27 AM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: libstripper
During the MTP interview Sunday, Gingrich interrupted Gregory with this:

Gingrich to Gregory: "... but let me talk about ME ..."
16 posted on 05/16/2011 7:32:27 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: WillVoteForFood

With Gingrich, it is difficult to tell which is bigger — his mouth or his ego.

He can get many feet in that mouth.


17 posted on 05/16/2011 7:35:37 AM PDT by TomGuy
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To: libstripper

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.


18 posted on 05/16/2011 7:38:57 AM PDT by ecomcon
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To: libstripper

Amen. Newt is a self-centered jerk. Why I bet he would even betray his wife. Oh, wait, he has done that, twice.


19 posted on 05/16/2011 7:40:06 AM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (If I weren't afraid of the feds, I would refer to Obama as our "undocumented POTUS")
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To: libstripper

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.


20 posted on 05/16/2011 7:41:00 AM PDT by SC_Pete
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To: libstripper

Once a betrayer, always a betrayer.
His ex wives can attest to that.


21 posted on 05/16/2011 7:44:24 AM PDT by Hattie
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To: libstripper

I’m beginning to think an MRI is in order for Newt.


22 posted on 05/16/2011 7:46:39 AM PDT by lastchance ("Nisi credideritis, non intelligetis" St. Augustine)
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To: Texas Eagle

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...


23 posted on 05/16/2011 7:58:28 AM PDT by txrangerette ("...HOLD TO THE TRUTH; SPEAK WITHOUT FEAR." - Glenn Beck a)
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To: libstripper

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


24 posted on 05/16/2011 7:59:36 AM PDT by wardaddy (ok...Trump beating on Obama---Sarah----Michelle.....any of them are ok for now---tain't picky)
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To: Texas Eagle

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.


25 posted on 05/16/2011 8:14:12 AM PDT by libstripper
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To: American Quilter

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...


26 posted on 05/16/2011 8:15:39 AM PDT by goat granny
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To: wardaddy
They get this “politician” disease and have to always push their personal innovation and inventiveness. Its like they remembered a freshman marketing course and are trying to differentiate themselves like a product.

Buy Gingrich Lubricant, it makes government so very smooth.

27 posted on 05/16/2011 8:20:53 AM PDT by KC Burke
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To: libstripper

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!!!


28 posted on 05/16/2011 8:24:35 AM PDT by cubreporter (Thank you President George W. Bush for the policies you put into place. They WORKED!)
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To: ecomcon
There is a "right wing" in this country but very few of us are in government.
29 posted on 05/16/2011 8:36:25 AM PDT by Durus (You can avoid reality, but you cannot avoid the consequences of avoiding reality. Ayn Rand)
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To: libstripper; Al B.; Brices Crossroads; Lakeshark; onyx; sarah fan UK; rintense; ReneeLynn; ...
Weigh Newt's obscene fecklessness against this...

Sarah Palin: Why I Support the Ryan Roadmap

30 posted on 05/16/2011 8:51:17 AM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner (Sarah Palin has crossed the Rubicon!)
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To: TexasCajun
"The MSM will now try to push this loser upon Conservatives as the Republicans best chance to beat Barry in 2012."

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.

31 posted on 05/16/2011 9:01:26 AM PDT by maxter (Sarah 2012.... just for the halibut.)
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To: Baynative
"Newt is like John McCain without all the high energy charisma and excitement."

HAHAHAHA Good one!
32 posted on 05/16/2011 9:05:26 AM PDT by Arcy
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To: libstripper

He’s a Trojan Horse... a traitor to Conservatism.


33 posted on 05/16/2011 12:27:38 PM PDT by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: libstripper
Gingrich is in business for himself, and the fact is, he is deluding himself if he really believes that he can be the GOP nominee. He has no real base of support among party members, and isn't personally popular with GOPers, either.

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.

34 posted on 05/16/2011 8:46:24 PM PDT by Victoria Delsoul
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To: libstripper
Like his subject of expertise, he's HISTORY.

(Just D@mn, that Pelosi dame must've really been smokin' HAWT on that couch they shared.)

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Cheers!

35 posted on 05/16/2011 9:56:08 PM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: grey_whiskers

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.


36 posted on 05/17/2011 7:59:44 AM PDT by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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To: libstripper

Psst. His name is Rumplestiltskin.


37 posted on 05/18/2011 3:27:52 PM PDT by Eleutheria5 (End the occupation. Annex today.)
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