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.
Great minds, dude.
Great post but can you tell us more about what he said lo those many fifteen years ago?
I wasn’t quite the political junkee then as i am now.