Gingrich reaction: Republicans livid, accuse former speaker of hypocrisy in attack on Ryan | Byron York | Beltway Confidential | Washington Examiner

This morning Republicans are just beginning to assess the damage that former House Speaker and current presidential candidate Newt Gingrich has done to the GOP budget plan currently before Congress.  On “Meet the Press” Sunday, Gingrich denounced House Budget Committee chairman Paul Ryan’s plan to restructure Medicare, saying, “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.”

On his radio program Monday morning, former Education Secretary Bill Bennett, who knows Gingrich well but is also close to Ryan, reacted angrily to Gingrich’s remarks.  Referring to Ryan’s Medicare plan as “right-wing social engineering” is, Bennett said, “an unforgivable mistake, in my judgment.”  Bennett went on to say that Gingrich “has taken himself out of serious consideration for the [2012] race.”  [Full disclosure: I appear on, and sometimes serve as guest host of, the Bennett program.]

via Gingrich reaction: Republicans livid, accuse former speaker of hypocrisy in attack on Ryan | Byron York | Beltway Confidential | Washington Examiner.

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