The Other McCain

"One should either write ruthlessly what one believes to be the truth, or else shut up." — Arthur Koestler

Nate Silver, the Experts and … Me

From Matt Welch’s article about dinosaur media: In 2008, a 30-year-old baseball stat nerd looked at the reams of public research product churned out by the nation’s 1,500-plus daily newspapers, and concluded that, though “there is nearly as much data as there is for first basemen,” the “understanding has lagged behind.” So Nate Silver launched […]

Predictable: Gingrich Admits He Owes More Than $4 Million Campaign Debt

“In January, Gingrich spent everything he raised, and more, and finished the month with debts nearly equal to his cash-on-hand figure. Newt’s campaign was essentially broke after the Florida primary Jan. 31.” – Robert Stacy McCain, Feb. 21 “Question 1: How much did Newt raise in February? Question 2: What was his campaign’s cash-on-hand and […]

Memo From the National Affairs Desk: Eyewitness to History in Florida

Newt Gingrich in Fort Myers, Florida, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 “Well, it’s past 2:30 now, so I’d better get over to the airport. Let’s hope the Gingrich people don’t sic the cops on me.” – Robert Stacy McCain, Jan. 30, 2012 How many readers remember the day I covered a Newt Gingrich rally in Fort […]

The Last Nail in Newt’s Coffin
UPDATE: Conservative Leaders Huddle With Santorum, Seek Deal With Newt

Creditors will get pennies on the dollar: Newt Gingrich’s health-care think tank has filed for Chapter 7 bankruptcy. The Center for Health Transformation, which has offices in Washington, D.C., Atlanta, and St. Louis, plans to liquidate its assets, according to a filing Wednesday in U.S. Bankruptcy Court in Atlanta. . . . The center listed […]

Newt Neutered: Gingrich’s Pathetic Shadow Campaign Stumbles Onward

Being without means of transportation at the moment — thanks to the vigilant police officers of Livonia, Louisiana — I couldn’t have attended this, even if I’d wanted to, but I’m actually kind of glad I missed Newt Gingrich’s appearance today in nearby Frederick, Maryland. Byron York was there to witness Newt’s disgrace: Strapped for […]

Newt Ally Says We’re Doomed

Alexander Burns of Politico interviews longtime Newt Gingrich aide Rick Tyler, who is now in charge of the pro-Newt super PAC: “Because I think ultimately, [Gingrich will] be proven right and if Mitt Romney is the nominee we will lose in the fall,” Tyler said. . . . Romney has “pursued the politics of personal […]


In an exclusive story that would appear to undermine Newt Gingrich’s claims of opposing Mitt Romney as the Republican presidential nominee, Ralph Z. Hallow of the Washington Times reports: Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich recently met in secret with GOP rival Mitt Romney at the former Massachusetts governor’s hotel in New Orleans, according to a […]

Rick Santorum: It’s About a Movement

“When Allahpundit first asked, ‘Second look at Gingrich?’ on Oct. 18, my visceral reaction was, ‘Are you freaking kidding me?’ Nothing astonishes me more than poll numbers . . . suggesting that people are taking Newt seriously as a presidential candidate. And of all the prognotications I’ve ever made, of none have I been more […]

When Did Newt’s Campaign Become Unsustainable? And What Was the Result?

In reporting on the financial collapse of Newt Gingrich’s campaign — which I described last night – Michael Shear of the New York Times writes: Mr. Gingrich has struggled to raise money for weeks as he failed to win states outside of Georgia. Look, the Georgia primary was Super Tuesday, March 6, but Newt “struggled to raise money” […]

Big Fake Boobs

“I have no talent. I have nothing to offer.” – Kendra Wilkinson “Look, clearly we’re gonna have to go on a fairly tight budget to get from here to Tampa.” – Newt Gingrich It would be terribly mean-spirited to use the phrase “big fake boobs” as a cheap excuse to make fun of Newt Gingrich […]

Spilled Milk and Misplaced Anger: Political Psychotherapy Session

Newt Gingrich in Fort Myers, Florida, Monday, Jan. 30, 2012 “Somebody in the Newt camp tossed an ‘internal memo’ over the fence to Matt Lewis. Long story short, they’re lowering expectations in Florida. And as I pointed out in my American Spectator column, second place in Florida is worthless — it’s winner-take-all. Team Gingrich just […]

Roll Over for Romney?

Kiss my ass! Between his inevitability and his electability, Romney’s advocates would have you believe their man is an unstoppable electoral juggernaut, a lead-pipe cinch to become the next President of the United States, and they’ve managed to sell that proposition with the assistance of journalists who seem suspiciously eager to ignore all evidence to […]

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