So Politico tells us today that Gingrich has apologized to Ryan for being an opportunist slug, pandering to a camera and playing for the big headlines. He won, and then he lost:
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich apologized in a telephone call to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday afternoon for his remarks on â€œMeet the Press,â€ where the presidential candidate referred to Ryanâ€™s Medicare proposal as â€œradical change.â€
â€œNewt apologized,â€ said Rick Tyler, his press secretary and longtime aide. â€œThe call went very well.â€
Can someone help me understand why Gingrich is even running for President? After all, from everything I’ve seen since he announced his intentions, he’s set about running AGAINST the very party he means to represent in the POTUS Sweepstakes next fall. Inquiring minds want to know…just who’s side is old loverboy Newt on anyway?
The Politico piece continues, trying to put a good face on ol’ Newt; good con. calls with Tea Partiers…relief that the subject was eventually changed away from his complete mucking up of a golden opportunity to pull a Regan, and satisfaction that-given another swing at the “vote for me cuz I’m special” ball, Gingrich will ‘hit it out of the park’:
â€œNewt will get up to bat again, and heâ€™ll hit a home run,â€ Tyler said. â€œThis is just one event. I donâ€™t think itâ€™s a defining event. I do think itâ€™s serious, and weâ€™ve taken it seriously.â€
Heh-“home run” is in the eye of the beholder, Newt-sand lots ain’t the majors my man.
The closer in this piece is, for me, today’s top entry in the “um, what?” category:
Gingrich believes that whatever the merits of the Ryan plan, the introduction has been politically awkward.
â€œMedicare is going to be part of the 2012 campaign, one way or another, and Newt would like to help the Republicans design a winning plan that the country will support,â€ Tyler continued. â€œIf you try to impose it on the country, youâ€™ll pay a huge political price, youâ€™ll be out of power and you wonâ€™t get it done.â€
Pot? Meet Kettle. Kettle? Meet Pot.
With any luck, Gingrich will have a couple more…back to back…biffs, and get out of this thing before he’s taken any more money from people to run a campaign hoping to preside over a party he clearly has little confidence in, or any respect for.