Skip to comments.Mark Levin grills Newt Gingrich on his comments about Paul Ryan’s plan
Posted on 05/16/2011 6:06:53 PM PDT by Virginia Ridgerunner
If Newt thought he was going to get an easy interview on the Mark Levin Show today regarding his comments on Paul Ryans plan yesterday, he was very wrong. And the bad thing is that Newt didnt come off very well at all. Jedediah Bila said that Newt was giving a very weak statement and I must concur. Newt mostly agreed with Levin about Paul Ryans Medicare proposal and ended up conceding that he shouldnt have allowed Gregory to frame the question the way he did. Thats not really a big concession to me and Im still a bit confused on where he stands.
Levin however was awesome and that alone makes this interview worth listening to.
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Newt was obviously ticked off at being thrown on the defensive, and comes across very poorly.
Can't undo seppuku. He's toast.
BUMP for great freeping.
gingrich cannot be trusted.
I don’t like Ryan’s budget plan either. It doesn’t cut enough and takes too long to complete. But then again our problems really aren’t necessarily realted to the quantity of money government spends, but that the majority of it is spent on things it has no constitutional authourity to be involved with.
Newt apparently lost a fair amount of his mind while sitting on the couch with Pelosi.
Just another reason to be disgusted with him. He can be lead by the nose from a wimp in an interview. Never liked him, there is something about that man that my gut says....do not trust him. Along with not really likable..
She swallowed it...
Newtie was on Hannity’s radio show and came off pretty poorly there, too.
Now Newt was never in the Senate, but it was done to him anyway.
Newt mostly agreed with Levin about Paul Ryans Medicare proposal and ended up conceding that he shouldnt have allowed Gregory to frame the question the way he did.
The problem is that Newt changed his argument. When he earlier called Ryan’s proposal “right wing social engineering” he was objecting (or seemed to be objecting) to the substance of the proposal. Then he comes on Levin’s show and claims he was just making a process argument — i.e. that his concern was just that Ryan’s proposal wouldn’t be fully debated and that the public wouldn’t be “fully engaged”.
It came across as a very lame attempt to weasel out of what he said before. I thought Levin nailed him pretty good on it — Newt definitely seemed uncomfortable — though I wish he had been clearer in pointing out that New had switched arguments.
BTW, I kind of got a chuckle out of how Levin just kind of skipped over the opening pleasantries and immediately got to work cornering Newt. Newt started off with some chit chat about what he’d been up to in Iowa; Levin listened to that for about 5 seconds then basically said “yeah, whatever, now let’s get down to business...”
It's bad enough he was cozying up to Pelosi on any couch, what's worse is he was agreeing with her on the urgency of dealing with the entire fraud that is man made global warming.
Doesn't matter now, Newt's done. He's completely poisoned the well with virtually every congressional Republican.
I saw Newt yesterday on Meet the Depressed and my lying ears heard what they heard. I could not believe what he said....it wasn’t pretty.
“Right wing social engineering”? And like so many have pointed out, from now till 2012 election day all Republican candidates will hear “Even your former Speaker of the House calls Ryan’s plan social engineering” from their Democratic opponents.
What a horrible thing, horrible horrible thing. I believe this will be the death knell for Newt cause what the hell can he say that will change those awful words?
That being said, I don’t listen to Mark Levin till around 11pm or so and now I’m looking forward to hearing his take on this.
All day, ALL DAY, it’s been the stuff of talk shows. Rush led off his show with the exclamation that he didn’t know what Newt was thinking. Krauthammer and Hume of the Fox All Stars declared Newt’s candidacy dead. Even Mara Liason said Newt was probably toast.
This is not to mention his stand on forced health insurance...which he called posting a bond, guy must think we were all born at night, LAST night.
Hannity danced around the issue as Newt’s one of his buddies.
I think Newt ought to try and negotiate a deal with Fox for a pundit job cause in the history of politics that had to be the dumbest thing a candidate’s done since Dukasis put on that awful helmet.
Oncit I considered Newt fluid in the language but to disdain as RIGHT WING social engineering that which almost all of the House of Representative Repubs voted for will go down in history as the dumbest statement of them all.
If there’s any explanation at all for such a stupid move it’s that, I dunno, maybe Newt’s hoping to reap some kind of DEMOCRATIC nomination?
Newt suffers from a failing a lot of academics do. The only thing he loves more than listening to himself talk is watching the effect of what he says has on others.
The whole reason for Newt’s blunder is that he decided up front, as part of his campaign strategy, that he was NOT going to let the rats once again nail him with a “wither on the vine” moment. Fifteen years ago the lying scumbag rats took a Newt soundbite completely out of context and turned it into an effective campaign ad. (It was effective primarily due to the GOP’s incompetence in responding to the lying ad, but that’s now beside the point.) Newt wasn’t going to be painted as an “extremist” on Medicare again, nosiree Bob.
So what happens? Right out of the gate Newt gets hit with a Medicare question and he immediately - - instinctively - - goes on the defensive and sticks his foot, ankle, and knee straight into his mouth and down his throat and refers to Paul Ryan’s plan as “right wing social engineering”. Newt is reasonable, centrist, and moderate when it comes to Medicare. See?
Good grief. It was a pathetic performance and is as indicative as anything that Newt is simply not presidential timber.
Time to retire from active political involvement. Even Dick Morris is cutting back.
Now, for FR, time to attack Gregory. His racism comment was definitely below the belt. And, he delivered the George Soros sponsored "confuse Gingrich" question so well ("the framing was from Soros' crowd") we really can't afford to have this puke around this election.
Time to get rid of him at all costs.