Gingrich continued: "And the truth is, the truth is under our Constitution we simply -- the Congress doesn't have to pass the money. If EPA gets no budget, it can't enforce cap-and-trade. If HHS gets no budget (applause)..."
Gingrich was previously talking up this same idea at least as far back as two weeks ago, and it has also been mentioned by Sen. Jim DeMint (R-SC) and Rep. Michele Bachmann (R-MN).
The fun part is that this idea isn't new. This sounds a lot like Gingrich's actual playbook during the GOP's first two years in the majority in 1995 and 1996, when he shut down the government twice during political battles with Bill Clinton. The end result was that the public blamed the GOP for the impasse, and Clinton's approval ratings went back up and he was re-elected easily.
So what would Gingrich recommend if the shutdowns backfire, and Obama is re-elected in 2012? Maybe he would advise John Boehner to spend the next two years looking for a scandal that would lead to impeaching the president.