By the Left Coast Rebel
Transcribed from the video:
"The reason that Newt Gingrich is considered a conservative is because enough people have always said he was a conservative."
"Gingrich has rarely -- if ever -- been for smaller government. He simply believes that Republicans can preside over big government effectively."
"At precisely the time that part of the GOP is praising Ryan for being bold and another part is worried that his plan isn't bold enough, Gingrich has already dismissed it as too radical."
"Newt's disagreement with Ryan's plan is nothing new. As the traditional Goldwater/Reagan conservative notion of actually reducing the size and scope of government has always been too radical for Gingrich."
Related: From The Hill, "Romney, Daniels feel 'death hug' on their healthcare records"
President Obama and his liberal allies tried to kill some of Republicans' top presidential candidates with kindness on Thursday.
The president had fun at former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney's (R) expense last night during a fundraiser in Boston, while a liberal group had kind words for Indiana Gov. Mitch Daniels (R).
The similarities between the healthcare plans of Obama and Romney are seen as the greatest obstacle to the latter's ability to win the Republican presidential nomination. Romney embraced the plan in a major speech last week, saying he was "proud" of what he sought to accomplish in Massachusetts; he said it would be "dishonest" to disavow the plan. Protect Your Care launched online ads in Iowa and New Hampshire — two states key to winning the GOP nomination — and Washington, D.C., casting Daniels as divorced from the Tea Party when it comes to healthcare, and as another Republican who, like Romney, crafted a healthcare law similar to Obama's.
"Gov. Daniels could be another welcome adult voice in the health care policy debate. While Gov. Daniels has certainly used a lot of the 'correct' language for the far right, when push comes to shove on actual policy, his administration in Indiana has been pretty good at helping to implement the Affordable Care Act," said Eddie Vale, a spokesman for the group. "Daniels's assistance in implementing the Affordable Care Act is especially welcome when contrasted with the actions of Govs. [Rick] Perry [Texas], [Rick] Scott [Fla.] and [Bobby] Jindal [La.] to block it at behest of the Tea Party."
Praise from this bunch for Romney and Daniels should be the ultimate contrarian indicator for tea party patriots.
Updated: My dog ate my homework, says Neutured Newt:
Pathetic. Read the rest at the link.
Newt Gingrich said today that he wasn't referring to Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wisc.) Medicare plan when he uttered the words "right-wing social engineering" last Sunday -- a comment that has earned the former House speaker a barrage of criticism that ultimately let him to call Ryan and apologize.
In a live interview with Rush Limbaugh Thursday afternoon, Gingrich said he hadn't actually criticized Ryan's plan in his Sunday appearance on "Meet the Press," and that he wasn't referring to the Wisconsin congressman when he said those words.