By “he,” I mean Speaker Gingrich. And by “it,” I mean supporting the individual mandate–this time, in 2009:
You’ll recall that the other would-be conservative messiah, Sen. Santorum, also supported the mandate back in 1994.
I’ll say it again: It isn’t true that one of these guys (Speaker Gingrich, Sen. Santorum, and Gov. Romney) is meaningfully more conservative than the other. They’ve all disappointed. The only real difference is that only one can beat President Obama.