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05/18/2011 01:40 am ET Updated Jul 17, 2011

HuffPost's Ryan Grim Discusses Newt Gingrich On MSNBC's 'The Ed Show' (VIDEO)

HuffPost's Ryan Grim appeared Tuesday night on MSNBC's 'The Ed Show' to discuss Newt Gingrich's criticism of Rep. Paul Ryan's (R-Wis.) Medicare proposal. Gingrich recently apologized to Ryan for his comments.

Addressing whether Newt can recover from this, Grim explained, "saying that Newt could recover from this implies that he had a chance to become president in the first place, and I don't quite buy into that to begin with. But what's really remarkable about this is that it shows that it is universally considered to be political suicide in a Republican primary to defend Medicare. I mean think about how far we've come just in a few months. You cannot defend Medicare in a Republican primary and survive. And I don't see how they can produce a viable presidential candidate through that kind of a primary process."

Grim also explained how Republican leadership now seems quite united around Ryan's Medicare proposal, which is why Gingrich faced so much push-back about his comments.

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