Gingrich candidacy over before it really ever begins?

Krauthammer wasn't the only one to lash out publicly against Newt on Monday. Talk show host William Bennett called the criticism of Ryan "an unforgivable mistake, in my judgment.” Bennett went on to say that Gingrich “has taken himself out of serious consideration for the [2012] race.”

Earlier Monday, Paul Ryan said on the Laura Ingraham radio show that, "With allies like that, who needs the Left?"

At around the same time, Gingrich himself realized he had stepped into it, releasing a short little video making sure that the whole world knew that, in fact, he was against the individual mandate in the heatlh care plan - er, I mean "ObamaCare."

But is it too late? Gingrich did not appear to be drunk or drugged out on Sunday morning with David Gregory on MTP. In fact, he looked and sounded like he wanted to ? which was very un-Newt, if you will, by not being a bomb thrower (or an analyst or college professor, which he offered Sunday as his alibi on why he has said extremely provocative things in the past that sometimes make no sense and can be interpreted as quite insensitive).

Gingrich realizes that he has a reputation that may be too fatal for the country to ever elect him as president ? but now that he's taken the plunge (unlike in 2008) and is ready to put a full-out sustained effort to win the country over, he realizes he needs somewhat of a makeover.

That's not to say that he was insincere when he rejected the Ryan Medicare plan. Does every Republican have to walk in lock-step to that proposal? Gingrich also criticized the Obama administration for its plans (such as they've been announced so far) for Medicare, a serious issue that needs to be addressed.

And maybe GIngrich is sincere in saying back in ?93 and on Sunday that he believes that an individual mandate is necessary to implement a health care plan that works for everybody.

But then, we can't know that, because he flat out contradicted himself yesterday with the release of his new video. So what does he believe? This, more than anything else, is what will doom him with the public ? not his disagreements with Paul Ryan, who despite the plaudits from the conservative press, may not have the exact prescription for the problem that we face with Medicare.

It would be absurd to say Gingrich is fatally wounded ? but if he can't inspire confidence from the likes of Bennett and Krauthammer, what are the odds that he will before the public (and can we also add again that it's been nearly 13 years since he's stood before any voters asking for their support?).


Conservative opinion writers and on-air commentators went apoplectic over Newt Gingrich's comments on Sunday's Meet The Press — specifically his criticism of Wisconsin Representative Paul Ryan's bold plan to dismantle Medicare as we know it, and Gingrich's support for a health care insurance mandate — a mandate that has been fiercely opposed by Republicans and included in Barack Obama's health care reforms.

The reaction has been swift and forceful. Check out Washington Post columnist Charles Krauthammer speaking on Fox News' Special Report with Bret Baier Monday night, where he blasted Gingrich's remarks as a "capital offense":

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