Newt Gingrich is losing donors, sticks foot in mouth again

We’ve spent too much time on Newt Gingrich this week, but like I said yesterday, I’m fascinated by his implosion. And in case you missed it, Gingrich’s troubles continue as campaign donors are bolting from the sinking ship:

Another Republican operative said he had spoken with an old friend of Gingrich’s in the South who had been planning a fundraiser for the campaign. There were 18 co-chairs for the event until Gingrich’s appearance on “Meet the Press” Sunday, where he labeled Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) proposed budget “radical” and “right-wing social engineering.”

“He said like 13 of them dropped off within 24 hours of ‘Meet the Press,’” the GOP source told The Huffington Post.

The full impact on Gingrich’s fundraising will not be clear until mid-July, when second-quarter reports are due to be filed with the Federal Election Commission. A disappointing haul could be a knockout blow.

Gingrich continues his attempt to stop the hemorrhaging. During an interview with Rush Limbaugh yesterday, the ex-Speaker said that he wasn’t talking about Rep. Paul Ryan’s proposal when he gave David Gregory the answer that has caused all of his problems:

Newt Gingrich said today that he wasn’t referring to Rep. Paul Ryan’s (R-Wisc.) Medicare plan when he uttered the words “right-wing social engineering” last Sunday — a comment that has earned the former House speaker a barrage of criticism that ultimately let him to call Ryan and apologize.

In a live interview with Rush Limbaugh Thursday afternoon, Gingrich said he hadn’t actually criticized Ryan’s plan in his Sunday appearance on “Meet the Press,” and that he wasn’t referring to the Wisconsin congressman when he said those words.

“It was not a reference to Paul Ryan. There was no reference to Paul Ryan in that answer,” Gingrich told Limbaugh, who was in the process of gently grilling him about why he used those words in the NBC interview.

Limbaugh asked Gingrich why, then, did he call Ryan to apologize for the remark, if it wasn’t made in reference to Ryan.

“It was interpreted in a way which was causing trouble which he doesn’t need or deserve,” Gingrich said. “My answer wasn’t about the budget, and I promptly went back to say publicly that I would have voted for the Ryan budget.”

If you’ve read the transcript of Gingrich’s apparence on Meet the Press, it’s obvious that Gregory was asking about the Ryan plan. So much to his dismay, the context that everyone has been discussing this week is accurate.

But Gingrich’s reversals and contradictory statements are likely leaving many wondering what he believes. It’s a question Gingrich is probably asking himself. But whatever he is, Gingrich is most certainly not a conservative; as Jack Hunter explains:

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