DID NEWT SHOOT HIMSELF IN THE FOOT ALREADY
On the show Newt refered to the Medicare reform plan offered by fellow Republican and current House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, as,"right wing social engineering." A position that he has tried to explain since without much satisfaction by those he has explained it to.
He also discussed responsibility in paying for health care including emergency room visits by Americans without health care insurance. His explanatiopn on this issue seemed to imply that he favored some sort of mandated health care but on the state level rather than the federal level like Obamacare.
While all conservatives are in favor of personal responsibility Newt stepped on a lot of toes with his implication of a state mandate as opposed to a federal mandate, neither of which is favored by most voters since it forces Americans to purchase health care under the threat of penalties.
Additionally he broke the 11th Commandment for Republicans as expressed by President Reagan which states, "thou shalt not talk against fellow Republicans," when he called Ryan's plan right wing social engineering. Starting off a major campaign by spending most of the time having to appear on radio and television political shows in order to explain what many consider the death nail for his campaign does not bode well for Newt in 2012.
Newt is one of the most brilliant men in the country and his grasp on the issues is second to none but this time he may have stepped into more than he can overcome even this early in the campaign. Many considered him a long shot at best even with his political savvy and now after Sundays performance most have written him off less than a week after his campaign began.