Gingrich doesn’t want to be quoted

Just a few days ago, Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich had a rather scathing reaction to the House GOP budget plan. The disgraced former House Speaker not only called the Paul Ryan agenda “radical change” and “too big a jump” for Americans, he also denounced “right-wing social engineering.” Gingrich later said, “I think it would be politically catastrophic to pass the bill in its current form.”

He now says he was tricked by soft-ball questions, but more importantly, Gingrich also says no one should quote his own words. He told Fox News last night:

“Any ad which quotes what I said on Sunday is a falsehood.”

As Gingrich descends into laughingstock status, this gem may stand out for its unique beauty. Consider how extraordinary this argument really is: if you tell the public that Newt Gingrich said what he actually said, you’re lying.

Even for Newt, that’s remarkable.

My fear is that Gingrich, too humiliated to continue, will wrap up his laughable presidential campaign quickly, and deprive us of months of entertainment. Here’s hoping Gingrich stays right where he is — and keeps talking.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.