Nikki Haley, others stew over Newt Gingrich’s health care remarks

Important Republicans continue to wonder whether Newt Gingrich may have snapped a foreleg as he left the gate on Sunday.

The same Wall Street Journal editorial page that last week pilloried former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney as fatally compromised — because of his efforts at health care reform while governor of Massachusetts – today takes aim at the former Georgia congressman:

Asked on NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday about Paul Ryan’s reform plan, Mr. Gingrich chose to throw his former allies in the GOP House not so much under the bus as off the Grand Canyon rim….

Our guess is that a politician as experienced as Mr. Gingrich knew exactly what he was doing and that as he runs for President, he wants to appear to be more moderate than he has sounded over the last, oh, 20 years, by suddenly triangulating against the GOP House he once led.

Nikki Haley, governor of South Carolina, has expressed skepticism of Newt Gingrich’s presidential run before. But has given her some new meat. From CNN today:

“What he said was absolutely unfortunate,” Haley [said]. “Here you’ve got Representative Ryan trying to bring common sense to this world of insanity, and Newt absolutely cut him off at the knees.”

“When you have a conservative fighting for real change, the last thing we need is a presidential candidate cutting him off at the knees,” she added.

On Monday, Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler sent an e-mail to the Weekly Standard that included this:

“There is little daylight between Ryan and Gingrich,” he wrote. “But look how it gets reported. Newt would fully support Ryan if it were not compulsory. We need to design a better system that people will voluntarily move to. That is a major difference in design but not substance.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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15 comments Add your comment

red herring

May 17th, 2011
12:47 pm

Newt doesn’t belong in the presidential race. He has made too many off the wall comments on things like that and and the need to allow states to go bankrupt so they can get out of paying retirement benefits. Basically he is the GOP version of Joe Biden. Plus his ad with Pelosi doesn’t help him either. Paul Ryan is trying to save medicare and so far is the only person to come up with a reasonable plan. Go back to writing books Newt and leave the politics to those who really stand for something. As for Obama getting us out of the ditch—well he forgot to put the car in reverse so he’s taken us so much further in the ditch we may never get out.

hsgrad

May 17th, 2011
12:57 pm

Of course Newt was aware of the reactions his comments would elicit. He’s a smart ole’ boy. This is a good
example of why most politicians cannot be relied upon to be “public” servants…they talk out of the side of their
mouth, ultimately being lead by corporate elites.

The Teleprompter

May 17th, 2011
1:04 pm

No one can match Joe Biden’s stupidity. Why do you think I selected him as my running mate?

looselipssinkdips

May 17th, 2011
1:06 pm

Add one more impolitic remark to the list of Newtisms that guarantee he’ll never be elected to public office again. Too bad because the guy’s a patriot and he’s brilliant, he just can’t control his mouth.

The Teleprompter

May 17th, 2011
1:10 pm

red herring said, “As for Obama getting us out of the ditch—well he forgot to put the car in reverse so he’s taken us so much further in the ditch we may never get out.”

The car is moving exactly as I planned. Maybe you should have taken the bus?

Joe Mama

May 17th, 2011
2:08 pm

I would like to know which of Newt’s three marriages was the most sacred to him.

hl

May 17th, 2011
2:39 pm

Tommy Thompson plans on running for Sen. Kohl’s seat in WI. Will the republicans stand behind him because he supported the health care bill in 2010? Isn’t it time for the republicans to offer a better solution on how to reign in health care costs? President Reagan signed EMTRA which forces hospitals to treat the sick. Although the Act sounds good, insurance premiums are $1000.00 higher on average for each family. Do the republicans have any ideas on how to fix this?

hl

May 17th, 2011
2:44 pm

Sorry ..the law in emtala. It’s the emergency medical treatment and active labor act.

Jim

May 17th, 2011
3:42 pm

Although Newt likes to come off as an intellectual and deep thinker, I have found him to be anything but.

The simple matter of this issue is that Newt really does not understand Congressman Ryan’s proposal. It is a complex matter that takes a more complex intellect than possessed by the former Speaker. No more….no less.

steve

May 17th, 2011
4:16 pm

Joe Mama: Newt might have a problem with infidelity, but he will never match any of the Kennedys’. I would also much rather have a candidate who has been through a couple of marriages than a president who is a former cocaine dealer.

Joe Mama

May 17th, 2011
5:47 pm

Steve — “Joe Mama: Newt might have a problem with infidelity, but he will never match any of the Kennedys’.”

I never voted for any members of the Kennedy clan and don’t plan to. And I’ll never vote for Newt again, either.

“I would also much rather have a candidate who has been through a couple of marriages than a president who is a former cocaine dealer.”

I’d rather have NEITHER, thanks.

khc

May 17th, 2011
5:53 pm

hey teleprompter…..so far folks running for repub prez candidage makes biden look like einstein

khc

May 17th, 2011
5:54 pm

typo candidate

Roger Fischer

May 17th, 2011
11:42 pm

Nikki Haley snipes at Newt Gingrich without any knowledge of the Medicare program which Ryan wants to either effect a major change, or eliminate. Nikki couldn’t keep the books of her parent’s store much less assess the complex nature of Medicare. Newt is actually a realist and we have few of them left in the Republican party.