Thursday, May 19, 2011

Republican Jackass of the Week

Newt Gingrich.

You may remember him as the thrice-married hypocrite who led the charge against President Clinton over a personal matter while he himself was doing exactly the same thing -- except he was cheating on his second wife with what would become his third.

Now that he's running for a spot on the Regressive ticket to challenge President Obama in the presidential election next year, he's proving once again what a hypocrite he is.

Last Sunday, on NBC's Meet the Press, host David Gregory asked this:

"Should Republicans buck the public opposition and completely change Medicare to turn it into a voucher program where you give seniors some premium support so they can buy private insurance?"

In other words, should Republicans ignore the vast majority of Americans who say they don't want Medicare, as we know it, to be destroyed?

He replied, "I don't think rightwing social engineering is any better than left wing social engineering," and referred to Republican Paul Ryan's kill-Medicare-plan as "radical." Watch for yourself.

Within two days, after being blasted by fellow Republicans for badmouthing the Kill Medicare Plan they have agreed to embrace -- and worried that the clip would be used in Democratic political ads -- he immediately began backpedaling.

" I'm gonna say, on the record, any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood, because I have said publicly, those words were inaccurate and unfortunate." -Newt Gingrich.

Got that? If you quote him verbatim, you're lying.

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