The Newt took an opportunity to make political hay for himself by slamming Paul Ryan before the national press. Gingrich criticized Ryan's plan to reform Medicare and at the same time advocated an "individual mandate" requiring people to carry medical insurance. Congressman Ryan shot back, "With allies like that, who needs the left?"
Gingrich got more blowback during a presidential campaign stop. An Iowa voter told the Clinton era Speaker of the House, "What you just did to Paul Ryan was unforgivable...You're an embarassment to the party. Why don't you get out before you make a bigger fool of yourself!"
Just taking a little time to shake hands and make a few friends along the way, right Newt?