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GOP Abandons Gingrich: Today's Outrage

WASHINGTON ( TheStreet) -- With unemployment still hovering around 9%, job creation stagnating, the national debt climbing and budget spending in question, the Republicans sure could use someone with experience dealing with such things to spearhead the 2012 campaign.

Too bad they just laughed him out the door.

As speaker of the House during the Clinton administration, Newt Gingrich had successes that seem to elude the current crop of elected Republican politicians.

Less than a month after House Speaker Newt Gingrich took to his Twitter account May 11 and linked to a YouTube announcement of his 2012 presidential candidacy, much of his campaign has deserted him, and the GOP base and punditry has openly mocked him. He's been scolded by potential voters, glitter-bombed by critics and forced into exile in the Greek islands on "vacation" this week. Why? Because he had the temerity to question the Path to Prosperity budget plan put forth by Wisconsin Republican Congressman and conservative crush of the moment Paul Ryan on Meet The Press less than a week after announcing his run.

When asked by David Gregory if the Republicans should embrace Ryan's plan to overhaul and privatize Medicare, Gingrich answered:

"I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering. I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate."

This and Gingrich's Looney Tunes-style midair backpedaling afterward infuriated Republicans and their mouthpieces to no end, but that backpedaling wouldn't have been necessary if the GOP retained any of the moderation Gingrich believed it had. You'll have to pardon his delusions, as he remembers a time parties had to drift to the center every so often and work together to get things done.

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