Moderate Republicans Unite!

How long will the Republican moderates allow their brethren to lie out of their actions, misstatements and stupidity, and push the party to the brink of destruction? It seems like forever. Why? Who the heck are they afraid of? Michelle Bachmann?

Three instances came up in the past two fortnights that make my point. First is our old [literally] friend [tongue in cheek], Newt Gingrich, Ph.D.

On May 15, Dr. Gingrich was interviewed by David Gregory on Meet the Press and was asked about the proposed Ryan budget plan that would turn Medicare into a voucher system. [“A rose by any other name…” Sorry Shakespeare.] To which Dr. Gingrich replied:

“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 left is a very good way for a free society to operate.”

Now, as you could imagine, this angered Paul Ryan and the Republican “let’s appease the tea party and Christian faith based movement” leaders. After apologizing to Ryan and being beaten to near death by Rush Limbaugh, Gingrich tried to distance himself from himself on Fox News’ “On the Record with Greta Van Susteren.” His last words of the interview were a declaration of war. “So, let me say on the record: any ad which quotes what I said Sunday is a falsehood and because I have said publicly, those words were inaccurate and unfortunate.” Really?

Now for my Jon Stewart moment…

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About David Rosman

David is the winner of the Missouri Press Foundation's "Best Columnist" in 2013 (First Place) and 2014 (Second Place), the 2016 Harold Riback Award for excellence in writing, and the winner of the 2007 Interactive Media Award for excellence in editing.
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