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Newt Gingrich Attacks Paul Ryan, Not Obamacare

Newt Gingrich has an interesting political past.  His high point was bringing forward the Contract with America, which former President Bill Clinton gladly took credit for, that was the beginning to putting America on a path to prosperity.  Newt's downfall, which includes his comments over the weekend, was the commercial with the socialist and former Speaker of the House, Nancy Pelosi.  The recent string of events, including his attack on Paul Ryan's budget plan, has unfortunately severely hurt his chance to win the Republican presidential nomination.

Gingrich called Paul Ryan's Medicare plan "too big a jump," which wasn't even the worst part of the backlash against the former speaker.

"I think what you want to have is a system where people voluntarily migrate to better outcomes, better solutions, better options.  Not one where you suddenly impose upon you - I don't want to - I - I'm against Obamacare, which is imposing radical change.  And I would be against a conservative imposing radical change."

Ouch.  Worst of all, Gingrich referred to Ryan's plan as "right-wing social engineering." This inner-party battle brought on by Newt will do nothing but hurt him and hurt the party, especially as Democrats are obviously going to use that soundbite during the election season.  Ronald Reagan's 11th Commandment is simple and straight forward:

"Thou shalt not speak ill of any fellow Republicans."

The damage has been done as Newt tries to backtrack.  The liberal media has the soundbite they need to bury the former House Speaker well-before the primary races get underway.  And that's too bad.  Gingrich has been strong in his rhetoric when calling out President Obama for what he truly is: a radical socialist.  In fact, in Newt's book To Save America, he describes the president as "[bent on leading a] secular-socialist machine [that] represents as great a threat to America as Nazi Germany or the Soviet Union once did."

Newt is right about our president, who is one of, if not the most un-American presidents in our country's history.  He's also a brilliant individual, so when many Republicans say it's just "Newt being Newt," there's relevance to that, too.  The key, as is with any election, is to win the independent vote.  His comments, which on the surface appear to be off the cuff, could have been a plan to appeal to moderates.  Considering he's been barking about Obama being a socialist for the better part of the last year, conservatives should know where he stands, especially on Obamacare.

Paul Ryan made a sarcastic and necessary comment about Newt's attack:

"With allies like that, who needs the left?"

The pundits are having a heyday with Newt's comments on Meet the Press, hosted by the pathetic and dimwitted David Gregory, who only knows how to attack conservatives.  The biggest positive that Gingrich has is his ability to call the president what he is, which is a radical socialist, among many other un-American things.  John McCain had all the ammo he needed and refused to play hardball.  Newt will play hardball, but he may have already reached strike three with his comments.

Chuck Justice is the editor-in-chief for Habledash.


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