Gingrich gets that familiar itch, and this time tries to divorce the GOP

Posted on May 16, 2011


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When asked about Paul Ryan’s plans for Medicare, Gingrich said:

I, I think that, I think, I think that that…

He’s off to a great start, let’s see if he can finish strong:

…is too big a jump. 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 the — I don’t want to — I’m against Obamacare, which is imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change.

He also called it “right-wing social engineering” which I’m sure he’ll elaborate on and explain how that makes any sense at all.  So by echoing the Democrats’ talking points against Ryan’s plan, he’s obviously trying to tap into that Tea Party sentiment that is cynical about both parties, but dislikes the Tea Party’s favorite politician, and is also over 65 and susceptible to Mediscare tactics but has no problem voting for a guy that cheated on his cancer-stricken 2nd wife with his future 3rd wife at the very same time he was attacking President Clinton for having an affair.  This election won’t be decided until that voting bloc has had it’s say.

Had enough?  Newt didn’t think so either.  After some weebling and wobbling trying to explain how his healthcare plan does but also does not involve an individual mandate (the most controversial part of Obamacare), David Gregory asked him:

 But that is the individual mandate, is it not?

To which Newt answered:

It’s a variation on it.

Here, he’s obviously courting the all-important big government republican that loves Mitt Romney’s healthcare bill but still doesn’t want to vote for Mitt Romney-vote.  And he’s playing to that demographic exquisitely.

Newt used to have value as the crazy guy who would occasionally have a great idea.  But he seems to be trading that in to be known as the guy who ran the most hilariously inexplicable Presidential campaign ever.  He’s already trying to say he didn’t say what he said.  This proves that he has somehow found a way to say words before his brain has processed them.