That didn't take long, did it? Newt Gingrich just ended his very narrow shot at the GOP presidential bid. Only a matter of days after declaring his intention to run for President via social media, Newt was basking in the buzz around Washington, D.C. and made the mistake of doing a Sunday morning interview on an alphabet network show.
When asked about his opinion on the health care proposal delivered by the GOP through Rep Paul Ryan in the House of Representatives, Newt declared that "far right social engineering" is just as dangerous as it is coming from the far left. He said the legislation proposed was too drastic.
Rep Ryan responded by saying who needs Democrats with allies like this.
True enough. For a man who pretends to be Reaganesque at every opportunity, Newt sure did fall victim to what many conservatives trip up on - Reagan's number one rule was that of the 11th commandment - do not speak ill of a fellow Republican. In this case, the Ryan plan is wildly popular among the House GOP and all but four of them have signed off on the plan.
Paul Ryan isn't running for President. What in the world was Newt thinking?
Gingrich went on to declare support - in a kinda sorta veiled way - that he agrees with an individual mandate in health care reform.
There was one shining moment for Gingrich during that Sunday morning interview, to be fair. The host asked if opposition to Obama was racist from the GOP. Yes, folks, it is re-election time and the alphabet dinosaur media outlets are just as committed to Obama's re-election as they were in electing him in 2008. Now it's back to the meme that the GOP is racist because we are not behind a big government takeover style of governing. Newt firmly and quickly slapped back at the interviewer with his response that race has nothing to do with opposition to Obama policy.
During a speech given Friday in Georgia, Gingrich said, “President Obama is the most successful food stamp president in American history,” Gingrich said. “I would like to be the most successful paycheck president in American history.”
See, if you are a member of the dinosaur, liberal media, any reference to President Obama and food stamps in the same sentence must be a racist remark. Never mind that Gingrich was referring to the fact that today more Americans are dependent on money from the government to survive than any other time in recent history. And, by the way, fewer Americans pay income tax than ever before. Yeah, something is very wrong.
As has been written before, Newt Gingrich is a smart man without the necessary discipline to think before speaking. His time to lead in elected office has come and gone.