However, Newt is unpredictable and can just as easily project 10 words (ex: "Ryan's plan is right-wing social engineering") that can get him into trouble.
In today's world of soundbytes anything can happen.
read the other day that the report that Newt called Ryan’s plan, “right-wing social engineering”, was taken out of context, and, in reality, he praised Ryan’s plan.
It wasn't Newt being "unpredictable" (nice shot -- I see that "turd" posted often by the MSM and GOP-E). I suggest you read this before repeating the "Ryan" lie that btw Rush also advanced in a knee-jerk fashion.
Does Ryan Now Agree with Gingrich? [And now, here's the rest of the story] -- "There is a perception lingering about NewtGingrich that he was a critic of PaulRyan's budget plan and therefore a critic of conservative fiscal policy in the House of Representatives. Is that conclusion true? Or is it an oversimplification? Like many misconceptions floating around during a heated political season, it is not true. Let's examine the facts.
On April 5, 2011, Representative PaulRyan, the HouseBudgetCommittee chairman, introduced the Republican budget for 2012. Included in that budget was a premium support model for Medicare. This budget was based on a similar plan previously laid out by Ryan called TheRoadmapforAmerica'sFuture. That document had been a RepublicanParty policy call to change the budget and put it on sound fiscal grounds compared to the Democrats' unwillingness to budget at all and tax and spend into infinity. The Harry Reid-run Senate has not passed a budget for over three years, even though they are required to by law.
Gingrich praised the Ryan plan in an article in Human Events on April 13. He called it the most serious attempt by an elected official to rethink our public finances and the modern welfare state in a generation. That is quite a compliment from a former speaker of the House to a current committee chairman. Using a golfing metaphor, Gingrich celebrated the plan, calling it a Ryan "eagle." Is that comparison a negative critique, or is it commendation? One week later, on April 20, Gingrich in the same space heaped more praise on the plan. He compared PaulRyan to PaulRevere, one of our nation's great heroes, and compared the Ryan Medicare plan with his own previous welfare reform. Why would he disparage something he would compare to one of his greatest achievements? Gingrich later said he would have voted for the plan if he had had the opportunity.".........
Let’s put it this way, Newt can be too nuanced for the mental midgets of all political stripes to understand. Because Newt doesn’t give flat yes or no answers to everything, but carefully analyzes all the pros and cons (view his answer about SOPA in the debates to see him do it in real time), it does seem to give his dishonest opponents the opportunity to take parts of his nuanced answers out of context and misrepresent what he’s said. For example on TARP, YouTube has a quote of him shredding it to pieces before it was passed, saying it was a terrible idea, but he did say while he would have done a completely different plan, he would have voted for it if it was handed to him as the only option available, because something had to be done. To his Machiavellian opponents it becomes easy to take one part of that out of context to make the intellectual gnats out there think whatever they want them to think.
Not that out-of-context quotes aren’t used against Santorum or Romney too, but in their cases it’s because they really make confusing statements that make it difficult for even intelligent people to understand what they’re saying without doing some guesswork.