Newt Gingrich’s attack on Paul Ryan has headlined talk radio, conservative blogs and garnered a scathing editorial from the Wall St Journal. But more interestingly, it has established who conservatives want formulating and articulating an American plan to win the future, hopefully a debt-free one.
Gingrich started the ‘scaring the grandmas’ fire on Sunday.
I think what you want to have is a system where people voluntarily migrate to better outcomes, better solutions, better options. Not one where you suddenly impose upon you—I don’t want to—I—I’m against ObamaCare, which is imposing radical change. And I would be against a conservative imposing radical change.
Ryan a radical? The Wall St Journal prefers to call him a leader:
Mr. Ryan speaks softly but proposes policies commensurate with America’s problems. Mr. Gingrich speaks loudly but shrinks from hard choices. Who’s the “radical” and who’s the real leader?
Conservative hosts weren’t much friendlier as their callers flooded the airwaves, mostly voicing outrage over the betrayal. Bill Bennett accused Gingrich of shooting Ryan from behind. Krauthammer pronounced his campaign over, dead. Tea Partiers were furious.
Was it Newt’s assault on the plan or the person that caused the outrage? Would the outcry really have been as intense if Gingrich had attacked Pawlenty, Romney or Boehner? I suspect not.
Newt’s attack not only killed his newly announced campaign, it also confirmed Ryan’s rock star status within a party desperately in need of one.