Gingrich: Quoting me is lying about me

The GOP's "idea man" finds a novel way to preemptively fight back against those who'd use his words against him

Published May 18, 2011 3:15PM (EDT)

Newt Gingrich
Newt Gingrich

The other day, Newt Gingrich very clearly said that Paul Ryan's plan to completely replace Medicare with vouchers was a bad idea, because it is an incredibly unpopular idea, and Newt Gingrich's political philosophy is based around only supporting popular ideas, or at least reworking unpopular ideas until they sound like popular ideas.

After he said this, Republicans and conservative pundits got very mad at him, because they are all working super-hard at making killing Medicare seem necessary and even popular. So Newt had to completely contradict himself, which isn't that unusual for him, and declare that he wants to marry Paul Ryan.

Now that Gingrich totally 100% supports Paul Ryan, it is dishonest and unfair to point out that three days ago he did not support Paul Ryan. "Any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood," Gingrich said, amazingly.

I mean just try to parse that. It's an incredible statement. Newt Gingrich is, again, the smartest man in the room.

By Alex Pareene

Alex Pareene writes about politics for Salon and is the author of "The Rude Guide to Mitt." Email him at and follow him on Twitter @pareene

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