Newt Gingrich just trashed Paul Ryan, and endorsed an individual mandate for health care? Without offering any serious, unique alternatives of his own?
And he wants Republicans to believe that he can competently carry the party’s banner?
I’m going to try to keep an open mind as the Presidential election cycle ramps up. But Gingrich does not appear to understand just how much of a contribution Ryan made to the debate with his budget plan, and he does not appear to understand just how offensive it is for the federal government to be able to demand that people buy a product from a private corporation–an unprecedented demand in the nation’s history. If Gingrich does not have anything better than to offer these Obamaesque talking points, then it is hard to see why libertarians and small-government conservatives ought to take him seriously.