For those of you who are unfamiliar with this disease, here is a brief description. Rinotosis slowly atrophies the principles of establishment Republicans – drastically impairing their judgment and frequently creating a strong inclination for big government ideas. Symptoms include but are not limited to previously supporting individual healthcare mandates, flip flopping on cap-and-trade schemes, and attacking thoughtful, free market Medicare reform proposals.
The only known solution to Rinotosis is regular exposure to the Tea Party. But unfortunately for Mr. Gingrich, the Tea Party not only kills Rinotosis, it also destroys the host’s candidacy and credibility.
Just ask Tea Party Patriots national coordinator and Georgia resident, Debbie Dooley. Upon hearing about the Speaker’s comments on Meet the Press, Dooley said “He has severely damaged his campaign and his credibility… If he continues with that position, for the most conservative tea party Republicans . . . it's over.”
Newt needs to keep a close eye on statements like this. Dooley’s comments are clear evidence that Rinotosis cells are attacking his candidacy at an alarmingly and rapid rate.
Judging by the continued salience of economic issues today, the 2012 election likely will prove the resiliency of the Tea Party movement as it enters phase 2.0.
This seems to be the natural course of events when you consider that our nation still faces a looming debt crisis – including an additional $1.645 trillion dollars in debt this fiscal year.
And the biggest long-term driver of debt is entitlement programs – specifically Medicare which presently is underfunded by $30.8 trillion. That’s why Gingrich’s attack on Paul Ryan creates a daunting challenge to the survival of his campaign.
The do-nothing approach is not a real option. Yet, taking a page out of Chuck Schumer’s playbook, Gingrich made this statement about Congressman Ryan’s proposal, "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 comment totes the line of the liberal public relations campaign against the Tea Party. It is an attempt to paint substantial and fiscally responsible policies as extreme and radical. But what is more radical than doing nothing while staring $30.8 trillion of underfunded obligations in the face?