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Newt Gingrich Manages to Out-Gaffe Sarah Palin


Open mouth, insert $1500 wing-tipped foot.

Newt Gingrich, the former-Congressman currently seeking the Republican nomination for president in 2012, made his first major gaffe of the campaign season when he said he opposed popular Representative Paul Ryan's budget plan.

“I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering,” Gingrich said about Ryan's plan.

Democrats were quick to seize the opportunity to twist a political knife into long-time opponent Gingrich. Democratic Senator Charles Schumer of New York was among the first to express what will undoubtedly be a key line of attack during the 2012 campaign.

“What Newt seems to realize is that it would be impossible to win the White House if they embrace the Ryan plan. If Republicans make endorsing the Ryan plan the standard in the Republican primary, it will make the nominee unelectable,” Schumer said.

“I feel for Speaker Gingrich,” Schumer continued. “ He's entered the race only to find out that the Republican Party has been pushed considerably futher to the right than the party he led in the 1990s. His party has turned him into a political outcast.”

“We will not miss a single opportunity of reminding the public what it means for seniors,” Schumer said.

Gingrich, for his part, has already tried to take back what he said. Unfortunately for him, his rebuttal was even more puzzling to Republican primary voters than his original statement.

“Any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood.”

Only in the world of politics could someone try to spin HIS OWN WORDS as a distortion of his own words. So long, Newt. It was a nice effort.

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