Agree. You could hear the testiness in his voice when questioned about his “right-wing social engineering” remark, which has effectively become his Dean scream.
Mark let him off very easy. I was surprised to hear Hannity give him a harder time.
If so, it's only because the Right is full of paranoids bent on sawing off the limb they're standing on.
He took the very American position: imposition of entitlement reform is bad when done by decree whether from the Left or Right. No statist central planning. No monarchy. Just good old fashion American debate, dialog, brainstorming and ultimately accomplishment.
Even before any ideas are put on the table, Newt's clear problem is in articulation. Maybe he's too out of practice to play on the field, too gun shy after the 90s battles and too much a legislator to make a president.
I thought he could add to the debate, now I'm not sure he won't hurt it.