Thursday, May 19, 2011

Newt’s Foot-in-Mouth Disease

I no sooner said it than he did it!
by Charlie Leck

In my blog yesterday about the 3 hottest potential GOP presidential candidates, I wrote about Newt Gingrich’s tendency to put his foot in his mouth – about his gaff potential…

“One of Gingrich’s weaknesses is his real gaff-potential. He does make mistakes and say dumb things – as does almost anyone who runs so hard and fast at the mouth.”

Well, no sooner had I said it than Newt Gingrich went and did it. Actually, he did it last Sunday on Meet the Press, but it only became hot news for the talking heads yesterday. Gingrich criticized portions of a budget plan that Paul Ryan, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, has been promoting vigorously lately. Ryan’s response was to say: “Who needs Democrats when you’ve got Republicans like that?”

Ryan’s plan also called for a restructuring of Medicare. Gingrich indicated Ryan’s ideas were “right-wing social engineering.” If you want to read a transcript of the Meet the Press interview you’ll find it here.

As blogger, Jennifer Rubin, who posts Right Turn on the Washington Post website said: “There is no trip wire between whatever notion pops into his mind and his mouth.” [Read her entire post!]

Newt did himself enough damage with his comments that he also knifed a third of my predictive power right in its heart.


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