Pictured: Newt Gingrich (above, right), before the Great Purge.

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.

Eric Cantor (R-VA):

“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.

James Lankford (R-OK):

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.

Jim DeMint (R-SC):

“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.”

The Frothy Mixture:

Contrary to what Speaker Gingrich said yesterday, the Ryan plan does not ‘suddenly impose’ ‘radical change,’ ” said Santorum.

Nikki Haley (R-SC):

“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.”

El Rushbo:

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.

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