Borger: Gingrich inspires another GOP revolt - against himself
May 17th, 2011
01:46 PM ET
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Borger: Gingrich inspires another GOP revolt - against himself

Editor's note: Gloria Borger is a senior political analyst for CNN, appearing regularly on CNN's "The Situation Room," "AC360°," "John King, USA" and "State of the Union."

Washington (CNN)
- It's unusual, to say the least, for a presidential candidate to have a defining campaign moment on Day One of the campaign, but Newt Gingrich never disappoints: Right out of the box on Sunday TV, fresh from his presidential announcement, he declared the House GOP plan for Medicare "right-wing social engineering." Then he went on to explain how he still supports individual mandates in health care - despite the fact that the mandates are the key to the Republican attacks on the president's health care law.


Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich • Republicans
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  1. gt

    good call ...he is toast

    May 17, 2011 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  2. Former Republican, now an Independent

    Gingrich will say or do anything to get elected. He is a dishonest person who would have been censured or removed from congress if his party had not been in control and covered for him. He and his buddy Tom DeLay are a disgrace and should be barred from public office. Sadly, he was surrounded by the worst field of candidates in modern history, or no one would have given him a second look.

    May 17, 2011 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Bob

    Gingrich is through. I am amazed that he has not ended his run. (shortest in history) Who did he have advising him, President carter !

    May 17, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  4. Name king

    Aaahhh old newt two simple realistic comment doomed him with the lunatics in the repug party. I went to the doctors a few month back for a couple of hours, and got a 3 thousand dollar medical bill in the mail. I wonder how long seniors with cornice illnesses will last with only 8 grand limit for medical care. Thats if these money hungry insurance companies would even consider insuring them. Ahh Paul Ryan can smooth talk a granny out of her ..... Lesson folks you can't have an effective universal health care, without mandates and regulations on the Insurance companies. All that crap the repugs saying abowt buying insurance across state lines, to the same insurance companies in your current state Is hogwash. These huge insurance companies will squash all these up and coming insurance companies and still control premium rates. What are these repugs smoking, or is it the tea.

    May 17, 2011 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    This time Newt Gingrich has truth on his side. He's refusing to flip-flop on the mandated insurance issue for some reason, despite the fact that almost all of the GOTP Congressional veterans of 15+ years supported the idea, too. They were all for a mandate before they were against it. When Obama picked up the idea, all of a sudden it became a bad thing.

    May 17, 2011 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  6. S.positive

    The GOP spent the last 2 years attacking Pres. Obama instead of developing a sound alternative IDEA. Well the chicken has come home to roast and all can now see that they are not ready for Primetime.

    2nd term to President Obama as they GOP clowns are still in circus mode. Things are too serious for these JOKES...

    May 17, 2011 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  7. OneMoreTime

    Once again, Ms. Borger nailed it. Weasel Wonka over the cliff with Trump. Four down.

    May 17, 2011 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  8. vet in texas

    Until the GOP gets a real candidate in the fold with a personality, then he is a shoe-in for 2012. Not saying that policies aren't involved because they are, but in order to sway those in the middle (whom elections depend on), you have to have personality. The fact that the GOP has alienated any brown vote, the middle class in WI, OH, NJ, and MI, the youth, and now the retired, they have to have personality to unseat Obama. You can't really run on jobs (you ran on that earlier and didn't propose any legislation regarding it), you can't run on national security (OBL), you can't run on SSI.Medicare.medicaid (ryans budget is toxic), so you have to run on misleading and immature statements that only your followers will appreciate. Romney, Huntsman, Pawlenty, Santorum, Gingrich, Bachmann, Palin, Cain, and Paul combined do not have more personality than Obama. He's smarter than all of them, and closer to regular than any of the aformentioned. I'll take any and all bets to those who can't think outside of the box and see the big picture. The fox viewers/talk radio listeners do not have enough numbers and are naive thinking EVERYONE deep down inside agrees with them. The leaders know this but also know that your money is more important than a viable candidate.

    May 17, 2011 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |