Gingrich to Rush Limbaugh: My “right-wing social engineering” comment wasn’t directed at Paul Ryan

posted at 5:27 pm on May 19, 2011 by Allahpundit

I keep thinking of the end of Apollo’s fight with Drago in “Rocky IV,” where he’s already a bloody mess and he’s getting hammered. Everyone knows that the fight should be stopped, but they let him stand in there and take his beating like a warrior. And it just gets worse and worse.

Can’t anyone stop the fight?

In a live interview with Rush Limbaugh Thursday afternoon, Gingrich said he hadn’t actually criticized Ryan’s plan in his Sunday appearance on “Meet the Press,” and that he wasn’t referring to the Wisconsin congressman when he said those words.

“It was not a reference to Paul Ryan. There was no reference to Paul Ryan in that answer,” Gingrich told Limbaugh, who was in the process of gently grilling him about why he used those words in the NBC interview.

Limbaugh asked Gingrich why, then, did he call Ryan to apologize for the remark, if it wasn’t made in reference to Ryan.

“It was interpreted in a way which was causing trouble which he doesn’t need or deserve,” Gingrich said. “My answer wasn’t about the budget, and I promptly went back to say publicly that I would have voted for the Ryan budget.”

I encourage you to watch that exchange on “Meet the Press” or read Matt Lewis’s transcript and judge for yourself who he was talking about. It’s true that Gregory didn’t mention Ryan’s name in his first question, but he did reference Republican plans to change Medicare and cited “premium support” — a hallmark of Ryan’s plan, which Gingrich surely would have known. Even if you cut Newt some slack there, Gregory did explicitly mention Ryan’s plan in his follow-up, which Gingrich proceeded to describe as a “too big a jump” and an example of “radical change.” But we needn’t quibble with the semantics. Plain and simple: If this was all a big misunderstanding about who he was talking about, why didn’t he say that three days ago?

Via Think Progress, here’s the audio from Rush’s show. You will, perhaps, not be surprised to learn that some of Newt’s fundraisers have allegedly dropped out this week. That’s their way of trying to stop the fight, I guess. Exit quotation: “It’s going to take a while for the news media to realize that you’re covering something that happens once or twice in a century, a genuine grass-roots campaign of very big ideas.”


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Newt appears to be ignoring the first rule of holes – “Stop digging”.

teke184 on May 19, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Let the games begin…….

HornetSting on May 19, 2011 at 5:29 PM

I believe him. His entire life has been so honest and forthright. How can I doubt?

hanzblinx on May 19, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Oh how silly! This was all a big misunderstanding!

crr6 on May 19, 2011 at 5:30 PM

First rule of politics: When you’re in a hole, stop digging.

First truth of politics: Newt Gingrich doesn’t understand the first rule of politics.

amerpundit on May 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM

The difference is that nobody is going out in a Ferrari at night and mourning Gingrich’s political demise.

MadisonConservative on May 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Still digging…?

d1carter on May 19, 2011 at 5:31 PM

Oh how silly! This was all a big misunderstanding!

crr6 on May 19, 2011 at 5:30 PM

I’m assuming that’s sarcasm.

amerpundit on May 19, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Everything’s gonna be okay. It was all a big misunderstanding. crr6 said so.

steebo77 on May 19, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Put him out of his misery, please.

It’s embarrassing, even for him.

singlemalt 18 on May 19, 2011 at 5:34 PM

Newt Gingrich needs to just stop.

It’s insulting that he thinks we are that stupid. It’s just another of his DC insider problems that he has such disdain for people.

sharrukin on May 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

Hey Newt, thank you for entering, now step aside, you’ve already lost.

Zorro on May 19, 2011 at 5:38 PM

I’m assuming that’s sarcasm.

amerpundit on May 19, 2011 at 5:33 PM

Very perceptive of you!

crr6 on May 19, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Your pants are on fire, Newt.

MikeknaJ on May 19, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Exit quotation: “It’s going to take a while for the news media to realize that you’re covering something that happens once or twice in a century, a genuine grass-roots campaign of very big ideas.”

I’m afraid a statement this delusional can’t simply be chalked up to hubris. It may be time to start wondering if there is mental illness or serious drug use in play.

Kataklysmic on May 19, 2011 at 5:40 PM

It’s going to take a while for the news media to realize that you’re covering something that happens once or twice in a century

What , a candidate self destructing in a week?

He’s been hanging out with Sheen.

the_nile on May 19, 2011 at 5:40 PM

Newt, you’re all done. Now please just go away.

dogsoldier on May 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Is this the shortest presidental campaign in history? I don’t remember anyone else nosediving so quickly.

txag92 on May 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Very perceptive of you!

crr6 on May 19, 2011 at 5:38 PM

Well you are a leftists and you guys aren’t exactly known for rationality.

sharrukin on May 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

Very perceptive of you!

crr6 on May 19, 2011 at 5:38 PM

You never know. I listen to lefties calling in to talk radio and assume they must be sarcastic because they can’t possibly be that juvenile and moronic. Usually I’m wrong and they’re not being sarcastic, just juvenile and moronic.

So you never know.

amerpundit on May 19, 2011 at 5:43 PM

A shovel isn’t big enough. That boy needs a backhoe.

a capella on May 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Newt’s campaign is turning into a French tank, one forward gear and four reverse gears.

slickwillie2001 on May 19, 2011 at 5:45 PM

All of you stop picking on Newt with your meany, mean, meanness sprinkled with mean sauce.

-Petunia

portlandon on May 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Is this the shortest presidental campaign in history? I don’t remember anyone else nosediving so quickly.

txag92 on May 19, 2011 at 5:41 PM

Gary Hart?

a capella on May 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

That boy needs a backhoe.

a capella on May 19, 2011 at 5:44 PM

Must we mention hoes already?

Badger40 on May 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Wow – I listened to Rush’s conversation with Newt – I thought Rush’s head was going to explode as he listened to Newt’s self aggrandizement,,, and silly explanation.

Poor Newt – once upon a time…..

jake-the-goose on May 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Newt is finding out that it gets a tad harder sitting in the candidate seat…isn’t he.

Obama would too, if the so called media weren’t kissing his arse.

capejasmine on May 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Gingrich seems genuinely surprised about all of this. There’s something really sad about it. I think he’s been in the bubble for too long. He used to have a really good ear for what people are thinking and care about.

pseudoforce on May 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

I’ve never seen anything like this before. It just boggles the mind.

JellyToast on May 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Must we mention hoes already?

Badger40 on May 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Winner.

tetriskid on May 19, 2011 at 5:49 PM

Go away.

GOP, don’t trust anybody over 60.

(Fifty maybe even…)

Bruno Strozek on May 19, 2011 at 5:51 PM

Yeah, that’s the ticket!

The Ugly American on May 19, 2011 at 5:52 PM

I think that from now on I will refer to him as former Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich…

golfer1 on May 19, 2011 at 5:52 PM

That screen cap of Newt is priceless.

Caption contest:

“Are you not amused???”

portlandon on May 19, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Goodnight, Newt.

Scotsman on May 19, 2011 at 5:53 PM

Go away.

GOP, don’t trust anybody over 60.

(Fifty maybe even…)

Bruno Strozek on May 19, 2011 at 5:51 PM

You are so right – add “male” to that equation.

We need a young kickin-ass female.

jake-the-goose on May 19, 2011 at 5:53 PM

How can he say he wants a smaller government out of your business and yet ready to jump on the global warming bandwagon. It has everything to do with interfering in your “business”.

Marcus on May 19, 2011 at 5:54 PM

That screen cap of Newt is priceless.

Caption contest:

“Are you not amused???”

portlandon on May 19, 2011 at 5:53 PM

“Even Newt can’t help but laugh at the joke he’s become.”

steebo77 on May 19, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Newt should just come out and hold a press conference. Admit he has been under stress now for many years and apologize for all of his recent remarks and the conflicting things he has said over the past few years. He could say something about the love he has for America, the love he has for his party and for conservatives and that for all he has attempted the past few years, it was meant for the good of America.
Then he should just say he is taking a long vacation and getting completely out of politics for a few years to go back to his roots. Relax, write some novels and nothing more. Then just go away and relax, write some novels and nothing more. Then maybe in 5 years or so, maybe.

JellyToast on May 19, 2011 at 5:55 PM

Dude!

Newt flip-flops well enough to give Waffles! Kerry some competition.

He lies good enough to be a Democrat :)

RocketmanBob on May 19, 2011 at 5:55 PM

“Right Wing Social Engineering?” What the heck was welfare reform, then?

I liked Newt…in 1994. The Contract was inspired politicking – even if it ended up mostly for naught. But he’s been increasingly irrelevant ever since he was ousted as speaker. And this only confirms the impression of him as being rather thin-skinned as evidenced by his AF1 dustup, which I dismissed at the time as an MSM attempt to besmirch his character.

I’m not so sure now. I think he can’t take any criticism or even disagreement.

JeffWeimer on May 19, 2011 at 5:55 PM

It’s time to take Fredo fishing.

NeoKong on May 19, 2011 at 5:58 PM

Keep on digging Newt , you should reach Australia by Christmas !

Sandybourne on May 19, 2011 at 5:59 PM

Newt’s “I’m not a witch” moment.

mizflame98 on May 19, 2011 at 6:00 PM

Must we mention hoes already?

Badger40 on May 19, 2011 at 5:46 PM

Speaking of which…

Patti Davis Nude: Ronald Reagan’s Daughter Bares All Again At 58 (PHOTO)

steebo77 on May 19, 2011 at 6:00 PM

I say we replace Newt with Ashton Kutcher.

profitsbeard on May 19, 2011 at 6:02 PM

I listened to the exchange on Rush’s program. Newt was clearly off-guard with Rush’s moderately tough questioning, and seemed bewildered by the fact that Rush, while being quite polite, was clearly not drinking the cool aid or ‘buying’ the explanation.

Rush was saying how tough “this” was for him based on his past admiration of Gingrich, etc. I don’t think Newt had the slightest idea he was being slammed by Rush as Rush gave him the rope to hang himself further.

Newt is completely toast. Rush knows it, and, if Newt listens to the tape of him on Rush, Newt will know it. Or, at least Callista will know it. The ego may never get it.

CatoRenasci on May 19, 2011 at 6:07 PM

This is the political version of Monty Python’s ‘Bring out your dead’ routine. Just bang his political career in the head and throw it on the cart.

michaelo on May 19, 2011 at 6:09 PM

I listened to the exchange on Rush’s program. Newt was clearly off-guard with Rush’s moderately tough questioning, and seemed bewildered by the fact that Rush, while being quite polite, was clearly not drinking the cool aid or ‘buying’ the explanation.

Rush was saying how tough “this” was for him based on his past admiration of Gingrich, etc. I don’t think Newt had the slightest idea he was being slammed by Rush as Rush gave him the rope to hang himself further.

Newt is completely toast. Rush knows it, and, if Newt listens to the tape of him on Rush, Newt will know it. Or, at least Callista will know it. The ego may never get it.

CatoRenasci on May 19, 2011 at 6:07 PM

Newt was expecting a Hannity type fawning and worship.

portlandon on May 19, 2011 at 6:10 PM

Patti Davis Nude: Ronald Reagan’s Daughter Bares All Again At 58 (PHOTO)

steebo77 on May 19, 2011 at 6:00 PM

No thanks! I am covered.

I have my own collection of ‘Grannies Gone Wild’ videos.

chief on May 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM

As Palin said last night… Newt needs to man up and just stand by what he said… when a pol answers a question that should indicate what they believe. Don’t try to walk it back just bc the media and ppl that disagree are going after you.

davek70 on May 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Yeah. I would say hardest hit: Sean Hannity.

HornetSting on May 19, 2011 at 6:13 PM

Guess what? Dick Morris is on Newt’s side. And he thinks the Ryan plan is “loony” and “extreme.” Also, he still can’t bring himself to say “Sarah Palin.”

NEWT’S RIGHT
By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann 05.19.2011

In the 1980s, the pre-Blair leftist Labor Party issued its campaign manifesto to oppose Thatcher’s Conservatives in the coming national election. Its loony, leftist proposals were so extreme that the Tory media promptly dubbed it “the longest suicide note in history.”

The Republican proposal to shift Medicare from the current system to a voucher-based program of private insurance – in TEN years – falls into the same category. Don’t blame Newt Gingrich for saying so. In fact, we have to hope that Romney, Bachmann, Daniels and the other candidates join him in distancing himself from the plan if we have a hope of electing any of them president!

Newt has acted responsibly and in the best interests of the Party by describing accurately what the stakes are. Don’t blame him. Honor him for saying and doing the right thing.

steebo77 on May 19, 2011 at 6:14 PM

This isn’t a huge deal to me. Newt’s got a lot of deficiencies and this brouhaha highlighted just one of them … oh, wait … now it’s highlighted three or four of them.

It’s time change your career modus operandi, Newt, and help the cause from behind the scenes. We all will be better off for it.

Dusty on May 19, 2011 at 6:14 PM

As Palin said last night… Newt needs to man up and just stand by what he said… when a pol answers a question that should indicate what they believe. Don’t try to walk it back just bc the media and ppl that disagree are going after you.

davek70 on May 19, 2011 at 6:12 PM

Speaking of Palin…just heard her son Track got hitched.

JetBoy on May 19, 2011 at 6:18 PM

If it were simply a misunderstanding it wouldn’t have taken him so many words to worm his way out of it. He was trying to be a ‘reasonable conservative’, also known as a beltway toady, and got caught.

scrubjay on May 19, 2011 at 6:20 PM

NEWT’S RIGHT
By Dick Morris And Eileen McGann 05.19.2011
“… The Republican proposal to shift Medicare from the current system to a voucher-based program of private insurance – in TEN years – falls into the same category ….”

Guess what, Dick. Not only did the Tory media backed up their assertion about the Labor Party’s proposal with some reasoned argument. You? Not so much, I see. Just because you spout crap like that doesn’t make it so. Back it up with something besides an appeal to your authority, ’cause you don’t quite the standing to do that.

BTW, who the h$ll is Eileen McGann? Dick’s pet mouse?

And, what’s with all these collaborative opinion pieces lately? Am I supposed to be impressed that it took two of them to write an opinion on something?

Dusty on May 19, 2011 at 6:29 PM

On MTP, Newt pressed the point of the blade to his stomach. In later appearances, he broke flesh, a small stream of blood trickling down his abdomen. Today, with Rush, his Seppuku was complete.

TXUS on May 19, 2011 at 6:29 PM

Oh how silly! This was all a big misunderstanding!

crr6 on May 19, 2011 at 5:30 PM

As is every Obamateurism, several a day.

On Newt, one day in, next day out. No one ever did it faster. Guinness World Records candidate!

Schadenfreude on May 19, 2011 at 6:34 PM

oh God help us. Just bring on the smart one and get these stupid idiots off the stage.

It’s a good thing these idiots didn’t try to push the narrative for 2010 or we would have Lost seats.

unseen on May 19, 2011 at 6:39 PM

My “right-wing social engineering” comment wasn’t directed at Paul Ryan

I heard this live on Rush Limbaugh earlier today.

I remain UNCONVINCED that Gingrich was “misunderstood.”

But even if he was, the “right-wing social engineering” comment is very troublesome!!!

landlines on May 19, 2011 at 6:40 PM

Mr. newt Washington DC himself is now trying to be a 10ther. ROFLMAO…

unseen on May 19, 2011 at 6:40 PM

I wonder if why Newt sounds like a liberal on a lieral sunday morning show and a conservative on Rush’s show.

Does Newt really think we are this stupid?

unseen on May 19, 2011 at 6:41 PM

Is he completely unaware that there’s video on Gore’s intertubes?

Pablo Snooze on May 19, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Hard to believe this guy was ever major political player isn’t it?

Machiavelli Hobbes on May 19, 2011 at 6:54 PM

I CANNOT REMEMBER the last time Dick Morris has ever been right about a major election. Ever. He’s worthless. President Gore. Senator Lazio. Yes, it goes back that long.

Marcus on May 19, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Hard to believe this guy was ever major political player isn’t it?

Machiavelli Hobbes on May 19, 2011 at 6:54 PM

No it just shows you want politics wa slike before the web and how much the profession has changed.

the web changed everything..

unseen on May 19, 2011 at 7:13 PM

After watching these two clips, I think that there is no way that Newt can work his way out of this. He’s at least as duplicitous as Obama. Electing Newt as president guarantees Obama Care, and that guarantees an inevitable incremental loss of most of our liberties as well as financial insolvency.

I’ll enthusiastically campaign and vote for Obama rather than Newt. At least with Obama as president for another 4, there will be a growing PRINCIPLED conservative movement in America, and the responsibility for our collapsed economy will be more clear to Americans.

elfman on May 19, 2011 at 7:18 PM

He was never a serious candidate was he? He just jumped in to get more exposure by getting on more shows (when was the last time he’d ben asked on MTP?) with the goal of selling more books with his wife…

CCRWM on May 19, 2011 at 7:26 PM

He sounded pitiful and pathetic…..

theaddora on May 19, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Newt Gingrich: “I was under a great deal of stress. Calista wanted to take another trip down to Tiffany’s.”

technopeasant on May 19, 2011 at 7:40 PM

Like a very old dog… barking at his own shadow and peeing against the sofa…
-

RalphyBoy on May 19, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Newt simply misjudged what we want to hear. Now that he knows he is ready for his mulligan, and would like to begin fresh… will all new hard core budget hawk Newt. Like I said previously, Newt is a career politician, nothing more needs to be said.

Koa on May 19, 2011 at 8:07 PM

Those who believe this guy…show of hands? Anyone? Anyone?

Mason on May 19, 2011 at 8:11 PM

“Who ya gonna believe … me or your lying ears?”

Newt Gingrich

BD57 on May 19, 2011 at 8:54 PM

He still doesn’t understand the power of the TEA Party. He should have learned his lesson with the Scazzafava thing, but he didn’t.

UnderstandingisPower on May 19, 2011 at 11:18 PM

“It’s going to take a while for the news media to realize that you’re covering something that happens once or twice in a century, a genuine grass-roots campaign of very big ideas.”

Delusional. He thinks it’s still 1994.

pseudoforce on May 20, 2011 at 12:26 AM

“Very big ideas” or “Very big egos”? I tend to think the latter. Give it up Newt while you still have a career to go back to.

eaglewingz08 on May 20, 2011 at 5:57 AM

It’s insulting that he thinks we are that stupid. It’s just another of his DC insider problems that he has such disdain for people.

sharrukin on May 19, 2011 at 5:35 PM

It’s not that he thinks we’re stupid, it’s just that he’s so much smarter than the rest of us, we look that way by comparison. Not his fault that he’s so brilliant. Where are my sunglasses?

SKYFOX on May 20, 2011 at 6:44 AM

If he cannot speak clearly so that people understand exactly what we mean when he shoots his mouth off, is he really a good man to have in the White House?

{^_^}

herself on May 20, 2011 at 7:10 AM