Well, this is what happens when you denounce Paul Ryan’s plan to destroy Medicare as “radical right-wing social engineering” — even if you’re the Republican “ideas” man.
“There’s no question there was a misspeak here,” Cantor said on WLS radio in Chicago. “Just to sit here while all but three House Republicans voted for the Ryan budget, to somehow portray that as a radical step, I believe, is a tremendous misspeak.“
Rep. James Lankford (R-Okla.), a freshman on the Budget Committee, said that “typically, you’ll find people in a presidential campaign running against the current president of another party, rather than running against his own party.”
“I was surprised to hear Newt say that,” DeMint says. “I have a feeling that in retrospect, he will figure out a way to qualify that.”
“Contrary to what Speaker Gingrich said yesterday, the Ryan plan does not ‘suddenly impose’ ‘radical change,’ ” said Santorum.
“What he said was absolutely unfortunate,” Haley told CNN in a phone interview. “Here you’ve got Representative Ryan trying to bring common sense to this world of insanity, and Newt absolutely cut him off at the knees.”
“I am not going to justify this. I am not going to explain it,” Limbaugh said Monday to his national radio audience.
Heresies are simply not tolerated in fundamentalist movements.