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HuffPost's Howard Fineman Discusses Newt Gingrich On 'Hardball With Chris Matthews' (VIDEO)

Posted: 05/17/11 08:25 PM ET

HuffPost's Howard Fineman appeared Tuesday on MSNBC's 'Hardball with Chris Matthews' to discuss Newt Gingrich.

Matthews brought up Gingrich's recent criticism of Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) Medicare proposal. Fineman, putting this topic in the context of Gingrich's political style, explained, "Newt Gingrich is by nature a bomb-thrower, he knows how to put the plastique in just the right place to blow up the bridge. And it's the way he is. Why not, since he's totally screwed everything up today, why not give him a little credit for saying, you know what, I don't agree with their [the Republicans] approach."

Analyzing the political consequences of Newt's recent comments about Ryan's plan, Fineman said, "on the one hand, Newt is going to get attacked by fellow Republicans for not being a team player and for issuing a devastating shot at the heart of the whole Republican attack plan this year. But at the same time, if Newt manages to get anywhere, which is unlikely, he's going to be attacked by the Democrats for saying he wanted to see Medicare die on the vine."

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