Two Self Destructed This Weekend

Mike Huckabee announced on his show Saturday night that he was not going to run for president. That eliminated one of our potential presidential candidates.
Then Sunday on “Meet the Press” Newt Gingrich had his turn. His candidacy was only a few days old and already he eliminated himself.
Not technically, of course, but in reality he offed himself among conservative voters when he told David Gregory that he strongly supports a federal mandate requiring citizens to buy health insurance.
“I agree that all of us have a responsibility to pay – help pay for health care. I’ve said consistently we ought to have some requirement that you either have health insurance or you post a bond.” He dug himself in even deeper when he admitted he that he agrees with key aspects of Romneycare.
That’s bad enough. Then he went on to criticize Paul Ryan’s budget plan as “right wing social engineering.” What gives? On Bill Bennett’s radio show April 5, he was full of praise for Ryan’s plan. As Ryan told the host on Laura Ingraham’s radio show this morning, “With allies like that, who needs the left?”
Gingrich gave the Democrats a talking points gift with his remarks. He also abandoned one of Republicans’ arguments against the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Rarely do you see a skilled politician so quickly and effectively commit suicide.
Anyone having doubts about him – and many of us do due to his waffling around Bill Clinton – just got a reminder of how the former Speaker can act. You may recall his more recent self infliction when he posed with Nancy Pelosi in front of the Capitol in an ad in support of global warming initiatives.
Put the fork in him, he’s done.

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