Posted on | April 25, 2012 | 30 Comments
Seems like just the other day “sources close to the campaign” were saying Newt would go all the way to Tampa, but now — probably just about the time their paychecks started bouncing — “two sources close to Gingrich tell CNN” otherwise.
UPDATE: While everybody’s busy scripting their Downfall video parodies, here are more details from inside the bunker:
Newt Gingrich plans to formally leave the Republican presidential race next Tuesday, senior campaign aides told Fox News, after struggling for months to turn around his sagging bid for the White House. . . .
Gingrich’s exit is a stark turnaround from his public posture just a few months back, when in December he confidently declared following his rise in national polls that [he was] “going to be the nominee.”
Oct. 18: “Second look at Gingrich?” Yeah, that was brilliant. Also, “campaign insiders” talking about a “road forward” with a campaign that was more than $4 million in debt? Genuises!
UPDATE II: Ed Morrissey at Hot Air:
Last night provided a moment to Newt Gingrich that Rick Santorum managed to avoid. Santorum withdrew before a potentially embarrassing loss in Pennsylvania, keeping his credibility intact after a surprisingly successful run . . . Gingrich couldn’t take the hint and insisted that the race would change now that he had Romney all to himself.
Am I the only one who remembers the Feb. 4 Vegas press conference?
Gingrich then explained that his senior staff had “frankly spent the last four days laying out a campaign for the next four months” — the strategy, Gingrich said, would net him an equal amount of delegates as Mitt Romney by the April 3 Texas primary.
Unfortunately, the overpaid idiots on Gingrich’s “senior staff” had failed to check the date: Because of court hassles over a redistricting fight, everybody in Texas already knew their primary would be postponed. Nevertheless, according to his own campaign’s delegate calculus — which they rolled out with a flourish after Gingrich’s debacle in the Nevada caucuses — Newt’s “path to the nomination” became null and void on Super Tuesday, March 6, when he lost Tennessee and Oklahoma.
After Gingrich lost Alabama and Mississippi on March 13, anybody with an IQ above room temperature could see it was over. Yet even on the eve of the March 24 Louisiana primary, Gingrich and his campaign entourage were still rolling around in a 10-car motorcade.
What part of “stayed too long at the dance” was not already obvious? And when Newt himself admitted April 8 that his campaign was in debt to the tune of $4 million . . . Hell, who could take seriously any talk of a “road forward” from there?
UPDATE III: Since we’re strolling down Memory Lane here, let’s remember that Gingrich’s campaign imploded on the launch pad back in June, after it was discovered that the candidate and his third wife were cruising the Aegean.
That luxury vacation was one Newt and Calista “insisted upon taking against the advice of his top political staff,” a move that followed “one of the most diastrous campaign launches in recent memory,” as the Washington Post put it. That came after the horrible embarrassment over Gingrich’s line of credit at Tiffany:
Gingrich misunderstood the financial disclosure rules for presidential candidates and mistakenly believed it would never have to become public, according to three current and former campaign advisers.
How the hell can a campaign expect hard-working people to donate $25 or $50 or to do volunteer work when the candidate is living large like that? And when it was subsequently revealed that Gingrich had collected big money from Freddie Mac — one of the major villains in the mortgage bubble — you might have thought people would have wised up to the bogusness of Newt’s rhetoric. Yet he managed to keep the hustle going all the way to April, because some folks refused to admit that they’d been scammed.
- April 24: Gingrich Gets Stomped by 30 Points in Delaware; Fourth in Pennsylvania
- April 24: Newt’s Delaware Delusion
- April 20: FEC Reports: Gingrich Campaign Ended March With More Than $4.3 Million Debt UPDATE: ‘State of Confusion’ Over Gingrich’s North Carolina Schedule