Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Blast from the past: Remember all the way back to May 2011 when the disgraced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had this to say about the Paul Ryan GOP Budget on “Meet the Press”:
I don’t think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don’t think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate… I’m against Obamacare, which is imposing radical change, and I would be against a conservative imposing radical change.
Jonathan Chait in his New York Magazine profile of Paul Ryan The Legendary Paul Ryan -- New York Magazine describes what happened next:
The implosion of the Newt Gingrich presidential campaign—the first implosion, before the weird resurrection and inevitable second implosion—came because he used four words: right-wing social engineering. He used the phrase, last May, to describe the Republican budget designed by GOP icon Paul Ryan. It was as if he had urinated on Ronald Reagan’s grave. Party leaders rounded on him. In Iowa, an angry voter cornered him and fumed, in a video captured by Fox News that quickly went viral, “What you did to Paul Ryan was unforgivable … You’re an embarrassment.” Gingrich quickly apologized to Ryan, pledged his fealty to the document, and then, lending his confession an extracted-at-NKVD-gunpoint flavor, announced, “Any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood.”
But Newt was asked about his comment by FAUX News punk Sean Hannity on his show in late November 2011. Newt Gingrich on Ryan's Plan as Right-Wing Social Engineering: “What I Said Was True”:
Sean Hannity: What you said about Paul Ryan and criticized his Medicare plan and “right-wing social engineering?”
Newt Gingrich: Well look it was a technical mistake but what I said was true. I was asked a question, “Should Republicans impose a plan that is deeply unpopular. And, I said something that Hayek wrote about in The Road to Serfdom, rightwing social engineering is as dangerous as leftwing social engineering. I made a lot of my conservative friends mad at me. But, in fact, Hayek wrote this and he’s right. We have an obligation to explain to the country that any major reform that affects their lives until they decide they’re going to accept it… I was trying to say something very profound but I frankly backed off because it was too much noise to communicate.
Just a reminder for an ad which quotes Romney surrogate Newt Gingrich on Paul Ryan's radical "right-wing social engineering."