The Republicans were not amused. Paul Ryan went out and said that with allies like Newt, who needs the Democrats? Ryan has a point. Why is Newt doing the Democrats' jobs for them?
A voter out in Iowa called Newt out on his atrocious behavior. No word yet on if that voter is planning to run for president, but I'm waiting hopefully.
Just before noon on March 17, Gingrich went out and said that he would not allow the Democrats to lie about him. Umm, Newt? They don't have to lie. Thanks to you, they can tell the truth. You gave them a great ad for thier compaign. Now our side will have to run for cover every time you come onto the scene.
So finally, after it became glaringly apparent that the voters are not amused, Newt went out and backpedaled. Via Fox Nation:
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich apologized in a telephone call to House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) on Tuesday afternoon for his remarks on "Meet the Press," where the presidential candidate referred to Ryan's Medicare proposal as "radical change."Alright, you came, you broke things, you tried to repair them, now do us a favor: get your sorry arse outta the race. This Tea Partiers is not happy with you. I want someone with the will to dismantle the government, and you don't qualify. So do us a favor: go away. We don't need anymore RINOs and you backpedal worse then a Democrat.
"Newt apologized," said Rick Tyler, his press secretary and longtime aide. "The call went very well."
Gingrich, his nascent campaign in jeopardy, has shifted into fervent damage control following a furious conservative reaction to his comments - and is even expressing a rare bit of contrition.
From Iowa, Gingrich held two conference calls with tea party leaders scattered throughout the nation - one on short notice Monday night, and another Tuesday morning.
Just go away, Newt.