Gingrich: Super Committee Failure 'Good for America'
Liberal bloggers pretty happy about it, too
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 21, 2011 12:36 PM CST
Republican presidential candidate, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich speaks during a rally at the Jacksonville Landing, Thursday, Nov. 17, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla.   (AP Photo/Stephen Morton)

(Newser) – Newt Gingrich certainly isn’t mourning the super committee’s super failure, calling it “good for America” this morning, Politico reports. Gingrich, a longtime critic of the panel, said the “gridlock” in Washington is “partly the president's fault, it's partly the Congress' fault, but it's a mess.” The former House speaker adds that he was able to push through balanced budget and welfare reform legislation in the 1990s even with a Democratic president.

Gingrich isn’t the only one cheering the super committee’s collapse; many liberal bloggers are praising it as well. Writes one, “It’s not entirely clear that we could get a better deal out of the super committee than the automatic cuts.” Others were relieved that the absence of a deal means that Medicare and Social Security are relatively safe, and that taxes won’t be raised on poorer Americans. Click to see what's next for Washington.