How can Newt Gingrich be as smart as he is and still think, after his history of reaching across the aisle and ofttimes-RINO tendencies, Conservatives would embrace him as a presidential nominee? He did that, but it wasn’t an awareness of little Conservative support (or it’s not being admitted) that made his top organization czars desert him today. Left adrift with no one to paddle, Newt is undeterred and says his “new” campaign will start this Sunday. We can count on seeing him on the Sunday shows this weekend.
Newt Gingrich’s presidential dreams are in tatters this afternoon after his entire high command resigned in a mass exodus today.
The Republican hopeful’s campaign manager, senior strategists and key aides in early delegate-selection states all walked out this afternoon, but refused to say why – other than a ‘difference in direction’.
Rick Tyler, Gingrich’s spokesman, said he, campaign manager Rob Johnson and senior strategists were among those who had resigned…
They were joined by aides in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.
Other officials said Mr Gingrich was informed that his entire high command was quitting in a meeting earlier in the day…
One reason for the discontent may have been the two-week vacation that Mr Gingrich and wife Callista insisted on taking recently, in defiance of his staff, sources told the Post.
The campaign had already gotten off to one of the most disastrous launches in recent memory, and Mr Gingrich’s decision left his aides concerned that he would not be willing to ‘commit time to the grassroots’, Mr Tyler was quoted as saying in the Post.
Some backstory: 1) two of his “resigned” aides were aides for Texas Governor Rick Perry, who is considering a presidential run; and 2) Conservatives were seriously shocked to hear Gingrich assault Paul Ryan’s Medicare Plan, and even more shocked when he tried to deny what he clearly said. No one should know better than Newt how Democrats will raise millions from a few poorly-couched Republican words.
Promptly after shooting himself in his campaign coffers with the Ryan objection, Newt and wife left on a cruise of the Greek Isles. Staffers weren’t happy. Gingrich’s poll numbers haven’t broken out of single digits and the Atlanta Constitution says the virtually unknown Herman Cain has recently passed The Speaker in polling.
I would support Gingrich if he were our best chance – and I would do it enthusiastically, but I would like to see him pull out and put a year-and-a-half-long energetic brain-burst behind a good, solid Conservative – meaning, authoring no books until we put a Republican in the White House. He can take another cruise, but if he writes a book before the election, I’ll never read his work again (and I love Grant Comes East!). I think he’s toast.