Newt Gingrich is a sort of unusual figure in American public life in that quoting him accurately is sometimes considered to be a kind of smear. For example, about fifteen years ago Gingrich delivered a speech in which he explained that eliminating Medicare immediately isn’t “politically smart” or “the right way to go through a transition” so the program should be killed off by creating an adverse selection death spiral that leads it to “wither on the vine” and die. Ever since then, people who don’t think Medicare should die have been quoting this statement and Beltway elites have been whining that it’s unfair.
Then on Sunday, Gingrich showed amazing consistency by arguing that this exactly the problem with the current House GOP plan to kill off Medicare. He called it too radical and politically unsound, and underscored his preference for a more gradualist approach. This got him in trouble with the wingnuts, so now Newt is pre-warning everyone that “any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood“:
I hope his campaign will email me with a full list of accurate quotations that people aren’t going to be allowed to use against him.