Damage (out of) Control


Amidst Newt Gingrich’s attempts at damage control over his criticism of Paul Ryan’s Medicare privatization proposal, and his own past support for the individual health insurance mandate, Newt Gingrich took another step — not only publicly signing a pledge in Iowa to repeal President Obama’s health care reform law, but publishing a column in the right-wing Human Events on Wednesday, entitled, “I Signed the Pledge To Repeal Obamacare, Have You?”

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The column declares the first of the many reasons to repeal the law: “It’s unconstitutional. Period,” and argues vigorously against the individual mandate, calling it “an assault on our country’s founding principles of limited, clearly delineated federal powers and an erosion of the rule of law.” Totally unmentioned in the column, of course, is that Gingrich himself advocated for an individual mandate, going back to 1993 and even just until a few years ago (and last weekend, too).

Then again, Gingrich did seem to say during an interview with Greta Van Susteren on Tuesday that this was a function of presenting a “conservative alternative” in order to oppose pushes by Hillary Clinton and others for government-run health care. So perhaps he shouldn’t be accused of ever having actually meant it.

And as Gingrich has also said, remembering such past views, as opposed to his more recent ones, is an act of “political amnesia.”


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47 responses to “Damage (out of) Control

  1. Sounds like social engineering to me….

  2. John Erickson

    Man, where was this guy when I was averaging 2 speeding tickets a year?
    Cop: “Do you realise how fast you were going?”
    Me: “No, and neither do you – we both have political amnesia.”
    Cop: “Oh. Okay. Go about your business.”
    Why am I picturing Newt as Obi-wan with the stormtroopers in the Tatooine starport? “These aren’t the memories you’re looking for. Go about your business. Move along.”

  3. all that “situational ethics” & “political amnesia” & back pedaling & flip flopping is just an exercise to get Newtie in shape for his great comeback next year as…… a contestent on Dancing with the Stars !!!
    (now that he’s blown the Fox gig he better be workin’ his paso doble)

  4. ooops, contestant, like Newtie I’m dancing as fast as I can!

  5. jeb

    Maybe you didn’t hear but he’s now prohibited anyone from using anything he said (magically captured on video) in an ad against him. If you do, you’re a liar.

  6. Aesthetically, this is very nice. Blurry sepia can make Newt look good? 😯

  7. How is it that Newton Leroy never noticed what anyone can see on a daily basis: all the gopers say exactly the same thing, word for word, that the party line dictates. I imagine there is a secret basement somewhere that an old fashoned mimeograph machine is spiting out “this is what we think today” with Roger Ailes furiously cranking the handle to get them sent out before the sun comes up. I can almost smell the fluid still fresh on the paper like in the old grade school days. It’s all sooo Stalinist!

  8. I would like to see a wrestling match between Newt and Karl Rove… yupperz… have them put on those little skin tight pants and funky shoes and go toe to toe.. Not for any particular purpose or anything…. I just think it would be funny. I could still laugh without having to listen to them. We could even give them funky sounding names…. Midnite Newt vs. Rove the Destroyer. Damn… gotzta get some popcorn for that one. Hey,kiddo, could you photo shop that?

  9. St Sarah blaming the lamestream media for Newt’s missteps in good enough for me. After all, she is the EF Hutton of the conscious of America. πŸ˜‰

    • yes, she tweets, imbeciles listen, but couldn’t she be the spokesmodel for merrill lynch, too? they’re the ones with the big snorting bull, aren’t they?

    • John Erickson

      Yeah, but Palin’s not intimidating enough to represent a bull. She is PERFECT, though, for what the bull leaves behind.

      • she snorts a lot, but she is more like what comes out of a bull than the bull itself. bulls have integrity.

      • John Erickson

        So, modifying the old phrase “When the chips are down, the buffalo move on”, you’d get “When the chips are down, the Palin move on”?

        • when princess sarah moves on, there are moose chips behind her.

        • John Erickson

          Hey! Don’t insult such a noble creature as the moose by associating them with HER! After all, what did a moose ever do to you? Moose are very nice, intelligent creatures. Unlike certain GOP notables we could name. (Well, actually, unlike MOST of the current GOP.)

          • i didn’t associate moose with her. she associated moose with her. remember all the talk about moose stew when she was trying to convince people she was some kind of great white hunter? her “reality” show put the kibosh on that notion.

          • John Erickson

            Ya know, if she tried moose hunting, and it didn’t work, I say turnabout is fair play. I’d pay to see moose hunt HER!

  10. Even the Coffee Party felt sorry for Newt.


    Don’t worry. It probably won’t happen again–either Newt telling the truth or the Coffee Party defending him.

    • and not good, fresh toast that smells and tastes good. he’s the dry brittle toast that burned in the toaster, smells up the whole house, and ruins your appetite.

  11. I enjoyed Meet the Press today and all the Newt two-step talk. πŸ™‚ … which included a good comment from Jon Stewart.

    • meet the press was better than usual (which isn’t saying much), but it still pisses me off that nobody ever asks eddie munst…i mean, paul ryan what his qualifications are to write a budget for the country.