Chris Weigant: The Ryan Budget Acid Test
The Republican Party has now made supporting the Ryan budget its acid test for 2012. By forcing the issue in such a major way with Gingrich, the message to the rest of the Republican candidates is loud and clear: "Support the Ryan plan -- or else."
Ari Melber: For Gingrich Gaffe, Video Killed the Video Star
In the old days, raising big money and netting an early appearance on shows like Meet The Press would mint first tier candidates like Newt Gingrich. Now, the soundbites that emerge from such shows can matter more than the entire appearance.