Speaking of “flip-flops,” here’s a winner from Newt Gingrich, who currently despises federally mandated health care.
Before he opposed Obama’s massive scheme as a presidential candidate, Gingrich voiced enthusiasm for Mitt Romney’s Massachusetts health-care law when it was passed five years ago. This is the same plan he has denounced consistently over the past few months as he campaigns for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.
In this newsletter under Newt Notes, Gingrich called the state plan “the most interesting effort to solve the uninsured problem in America today.” He was effusive in praise, saying “Massachusetts leaders are to be commended for this bipartisan proposal to tackle the enormous challenge of finding real solutions for creating a sustainable health system.”
“The health bill that Governor Romney signed into law this month has tremendous potential to effect major change in the American health system,” Gingrich enthused in the April 2006 newsletter published by his own former consulting company, the Center for Health Transformation.
Gingrich is too much the Washington insider to simply concede his earlier support for the plan and honestly explain why his views might have changed. It appears the virtue of dealing in a straightforward manner with voters never crossed his mind.
Here is another example of leaning left. Newt now calls this ad picturing him chummily talking global warming on a shared loveseat with Nancy Pelosi “a mistake.” It was done in conjunction with former Al Gore’s Alliance for Climate Protection – before former Speaker Gingrich decided to set his sights on the White House.