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Rush Limbaugh on Newt Gingrich's attack on Paul Ryan: 'I'm as befuddled as anyone else'

May 16, 2011 |  5:19 pm

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Newt Gingrich
has certainly found a way to get the ear of his party. Unfortunately, his technique seems to be burning more bridges than he's building.

The former House speaker was a guest on "Meet the Press" on Sunday. He talked about Rep. Paul Ryan's proposal to overhaul Medicare, calling the Wisconsin Republican's plan "radical."

"I don't think right-wing social engineering is any more desirable than left-wing social engineering," Gingrich told host David Gregory on the NBC show. "I don't think imposing radical change from the right or the left is a very good way for a free society to operate."

On Monday, Ryan went on Laura Ingraham's radio show, where he told guest host Raymond Arroyo, "With allies like that, who needs the left?"

Ryan does have an ally in Rush Limbaugh, who was baffled by Gingrich's comments.

"I am not going to justify this. I am not going to explain it," Limbaugh said Monday to his national radio audience.

"The attack on Paul Ryan, the support for an individual mandate in healthcare?  Folks, don’t ask me to explain this. There is no explanation! What do you mean, 'If I don't explain it, who will?'  There is no explanation for it," Limbaugh said. "First off, it cuts Paul Ryan off at the knees. It supports the Obama administration in the lawsuits that 26 states have filed over the mandate. I guess, what?  Back in 1993, Newt supported an individual mandate, everybody should buy insurance. I am as befuddled as anyone else is what I’m telling you."

HBO talk-show host Bill Maher is very clear about his feelings about Gingrich, who recently announced his candidacy for president. On Friday's "Real Time With Bill Maher," the political comedian called the Georgia Republican "an idiot who has always been wrong about every single thing he has ever talked about."

"What I find really scary about Gingrich is his certitude, which is the hallmark of unbright people," Maher said.

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Photo: Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich at Eureka College's 150th commencement in Eureka, Ill., on Saturday. Credit: Ron Johnson / Peoria Journal Star

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