The smartest guy in the room just lost a couple dozen conservative IQ points.
Yesterday on Meet the Press, Presidential candidate Newt Gingrich came out in “qualified” favor of Obamacare’s forced mandate to purchase health care insurance and in opposition to Paul Ryan’s financially prudent plan to cut Medicare.
As I pointed out in this space Friday, Newt Gingrich is not a tea party guy. Newt has just made his entire campaign irrelevant by confirming exactly the kind of guy he is. His stunning rejection of Constitutional principles (the Constitution does not allow the federal government to force us to buy a product or service) by apparently accepting the premise of Obamacare puts his October 2009 endorsement of RINO Dede Scozzafava in a new light. At the time, I thought that the former speaker had just failed to do his homework on Scozzafava. Now, however, it appears more likely than not he agreed with her on policy matters!
We don’t need a Voices of the Tea Party e-book rating the Presidential candidates to discern that truth. Save us all another year of your excruciatingly dull lectures, Newt, and withdraw from the race now.
You’ll never be President.
Michael Patrick Leahy is the editor of the Voices of the Tea Party e-book series and co-founder of Top Conservatives on Twitter and the Nationwide Tea Party Coalition. His new book, The Covenant of Liberty, on the ideological origins of the Tea Party movement, will be published by Broadside Books in January, 2012. He can be reached on Twitter at @michaelpleahy .