Gingrich candidacy over before it really ever begins?

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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":