Breaking: Gingrich’s senior aides resign “en masse”; Update: “The campaign begins anew”; Update: Rick Perry now “serious” about running

posted at 3:08 pm on June 9, 2011 by Allahpundit

Breaking so hard that I don’t even have a link for you yet, but Carl Cameron is reporting on Fox News as I write this that the entire senior circle — everyone, basically — is jumping ship based on “a difference of opinion” with Gingrich on the direction of the campaign. Presumably that’s not a reference to his criticism of Ryan’s Medicare plan; if it was, they would have dumped him already. It might be a reference to their exasperation at Newt taking off for a little vacation right as the campaign’s heating up.

Or maybe there’s something bigger going on. From this morning’s WaPo story on the growing Rick Perry buzz:

One friend said Perry is “warming to the idea” of running and is now going through the process of deciding what it would take to launch a candidacy and whether he has the desire to endure a grueling campaign…

A Perry friend said the governor has been surprised at how much pressure from outside the state has arrived encouraging him to run, something he had not anticipated, and that too has prompted him to begin a discussion with family and close friends…

One potential hitch in any Perry planning is the fact that his long-time chief political adviser, David Carney, is now helping former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) in his presidential campaign. In addition, Rob Johnson, who managed Perry’s reelection campaign last year, is now Gingrich’s campaign manager.

But one person close to Perry said he could not imagine Carney not being at Perry’s side if the governor runs. Conversely, this person said he could not imagine Perry deciding to run if he were not certain Carney would be part of his team. As another person close to Perry said, “I don’t want to do this without Carney.”

Now he might not have to. News reports should start appearing at any moment; stand by for updates. Yesterday at Commentary, Peter Wehner predicted that Newt’s campaign wouldn’t make it to the end of the summer and might not make it to the beginning of the summer. I wonder if he heard anything through the grapevine…

Update: The AP has a story out but it’s remarkably thin on details thus far. No confirmation yet either that Carney is one of the aides who’s left, but Johnson is out and it sounds like there won’t be many others staying behind: “Gingrich press spokesman Rick Tyler told The Associated Press that he’s resigned along with campaign manager Rob Johnson, senior strategists and aides in key early primary states.”

Update: Chuck Todd confirms that Carney is now a free agent too. Over to you, Rick Perry.

Update: Bear in mind, in case any of the departed staffers point to Newt’s ill-advised vacation as the cause here, that his vacation is already over. He was back on the trail in New Hampshire last night. If they were that upset about him taking off, presumably this would have come to a head before he left and they all would have resigned shortly thereafter. Which is to say, I think the real reason they’re leaving is because Perry has a chance and Newt doesn’t.

Update: Politico has background:

“We just had a different direction in which we wanted to take the campaign,” said a second source.

Gingrich was intent on using technology and standing out at debates to get traction while his advisers believed he needed to run a campaign that incorporated both traditional, grassroots techniques as well as new ideas

One official said the last straw came when Gingrich went forward with taking a long-planned cruise with his wife last week in the Greek isles.

Less than a week ago, he was losing his home state to Herman Cain by a two-to-one margin. I don’t think “vision” was the issue here, guys. According to Politico’s sources, though, Newt’s staying in the race. All he needs is a campaign.

Update: Geraghty’s GOP sources seem to think Perry’s entry is now just a matter of time. “[T]hese guys aren’t jumping off without somewhere else to land.”

Update: Carney tells Politico, “This is totally unrelated to Rick Perry,” but obviously he’s not going to show his cards before Perry’s 100 percent committed to running. Gingrich was going nowhere and Perry could be going somewhere, so he quite logically changed horses in midstream.

Update: Newt fights on:

I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring. The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles.

There’s no sense quitting today with the New Hampshire debate right around the corner. He’ll show up there, try to impress, and hope he gets enough good buzz afterward to attract some new staffers. Can’t wait for the first question for him on Monday night: “Um, why are you still running?”

Update: Worse and worse: Newt’s Iowa team has quit too. It’s a full-fledged mutiny.

Update: And the dominoes keep falling. As of 3:49 p.m. today: “Texas Governor Rick Perry is ‘serious’ about making a run for the White House, sources close to Perry tell CBS News.”

Breaking on Hot Air

Blowback

Note from Hot Air management: This section is for comments from Hot Air's community of registered readers. Please don't assume that Hot Air management agrees with or otherwise endorses any particular comment just because we let it stand. A reminder: Anyone who fails to comply with our terms of use may lose their posting privilege.

Trackbacks/Pings

Trackback URL

Comments

Comment pages: 1 3 4 5

So you live only to piss on Palin supporters? Nice.

pseudoforce on June 9, 2011 at 5:25 PM

And you live to stalk people who have no affect on your life. Weird.

csdeven on June 9, 2011 at 6:27 PM

Sean Hannity hardest hit.

Akzed on June 9, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Sean Hannity hardest hit.

Akzed on June 9, 2011 at 6:49 PM

Best comment so far

johnnyboy on June 9, 2011 at 6:50 PM

In 2012 I’ll be voting for the candidate for President who convinces me that he/she will end ILLEGAL immigration since this is a first step in solving a whole host of other problems with our economy, education system, health care system, national security, violent crime/gangs, drugs, identity theft etc. etc. etc.

As Governor of Texas for 11 years, Perry has certainly had the opportunity/responsibility to stop ILLEGAL immigration in this border state.

If Perry decides to run, I’ll want to know exactly what his record is on stopping/slowing ILLEGAL immigration.

wren on June 9, 2011 at 4:44 PM

YES!!! Right on, right on, right on.

Django on June 9, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Susanboo on June 9, 2011 at 5:51 PM
We arrived in Texas 2 months ago today-and I’m delighted with what I’ve ‘seen’ so far.

annoyinglittletwerp on June 9, 2011 at 5:54 PM

Again, I reiterate, Perry has had his “not so great moments”, like trying to make it a requirement for parents to give the HPV vaccine to girls. Bad idea, and we now know that Perry had a friend that sold the vaccine. Fortunately, Perry and our Legislature saw how unpopular the idea was, and it just kind of went away. There were also some transportation corridor ideas that I am not totally familiar with, as they really did not affect my part of the state.

Perry has definitely become much more Conservative the last few years, and much of that occurred when Bush sided with DC Dems on some legislation like the education bill with Ted Kennedy etc.

As for Immigration, I think Perry saw the writing on the wall when Obama ruined Arizona’s economy by bad mouthing them, after they passed their Immigration law. He has pushed Obama to get more support down here on our border, and has practically begged Obama to okay putting our Nat’l Guard troops here, to no avail. I believe he is trying to avoid having our economy go south,(by angering Obama anymore), so he has not been as vocal as maybe he could have been.

That he is unpopular, is a lie, controversial on some issues, maybe, but not unpopular, except with many Democrats, who hate him because he is towing the Conservative line, and again, with some elite Republicans.

No ones perfect, including him, but I think he’d be a great candidate, and maybe even a pretty good president, should he choose to enter the race.

Susanboo on June 9, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Maybe he spent too much money on his wardrobe?

SouthernGent on June 9, 2011 at 7:00 PM

If Newt cannot effectively manage a campaign, he cannot manage a country.

bayview on June 9, 2011 at 7:09 PM

He has pushed Obama to get more support down here on our border, and has practically begged Obama to okay putting our Nat’l Guard troops here, to no avail.

National guard troops wouldn’t make any difference. The only eway to secure the border is a fence, which Perry opposes.

Jon0815 on June 9, 2011 at 7:11 PM

Poor ole Newt, he just doesn’t understand folks like us. I would describe him as the GOP closest equivalent of Biden. They yak to try to sound smart and sound to us like idiots. Then they can’t understand why and puke out some more words that, they think, will make things just fine. What a pitiful man.

PaCadle on June 9, 2011 at 7:13 PM

All this drama because a Mormon is beating everyone in the polls. Wow. We couldn’t have someone win on merit now could we?

petunia on June 9, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Um, I hate to break it to you but his religion has NOTHING to do with why no one wants to vote for him.

ZERO !

stenwin77 on June 9, 2011 at 7:16 PM

OT: ‘The Undefeated’ Slated for Nationwide Release, Possible Retail Distribution; Update: Coming to Select Theaters July 15, Advertising to Begin Soon

steebo77 on June 9, 2011 at 6:38

The success of this is going to make liberals vaporize.

carbon_footprint on June 9, 2011 at 7:28 PM

Um, I hate to break it to you but his religion has NOTHING to do with why no one wants to vote for him. ZERO ! stenwin77 on June 9, 2011 at 7:16 PM

No one?

He is often the leader in the polls among announced candidates.

People apparently don’t mind voting for a guy who believes Jesus and the devil are brothers.

Get used to it. It’s the 21st Century!

Akzed on June 9, 2011 at 7:28 PM

All this drama because a Mormon is beating everyone in the polls. Wow. We couldn’t have someone win on merit now could we?

petunia on June 9, 2011 at 4:40 PM

Merit? What merit does Mitt Romney have?

Your candidate’s a failure – playing the religion sympathy card isn’t going to help you.

HondaV65 on June 9, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Someone here posted how fun it would be for Palin and Perry to run as a team. I would be down with that.

Perry won’t get within a mile of Palin on a ticket.

Delusional.

rickyricardo on June 9, 2011 at 7:41 PM

National guard troops wouldn’t make any difference. The only eway to secure the border is a fence, which Perry opposes.

Jon0815 on June 9, 2011 at 7:11 PM

I hear he opposes killer pigeons as an option to stop illegal immigration also – and that’s just a damn shame.

HondaV65 on June 9, 2011 at 7:42 PM

Perry won’t get within a mile of Palin on a ticket.

Delusional.

rickyricardo on June 9, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Yeah … he hates her guts. She came down and endorsed him for governor and he was like … “Hey chick … whatever”.

/s

HondaV65 on June 9, 2011 at 7:43 PM

BREAKING: WaPo amends their decision to dig for anti-Palin dirt
Me | 6/9/11 | Liberal Lunacy Staff/REM
Posted on June 9, 2011 6:36:31 PM CDT by GeorgiaDawg32

(Washington, D.C., 6/09/11) The following statement will be released tomorrow regarding the campaign to recruit 100 people to sort through the Palin e-mails:

“We read with interest and amusement the comments left on our website by far right-wing Republicans accusing us of a liberal, anti-Palin point of view with regards to our request for 100 people to help us sort through thousands of e-mails generated by Palin during her partial tenure as Governor of Alaska. We are not looking for dirt, we are in search of the truth as we see it.”

“However, after careful consideration, we have decided to amend our decision to hire volunteers to help us. Looking through 24,000 e-mails is a lot of work and we’d have to actually pay our staff to do this. In requesting volunteers, we’re following the Arianna Huffington model of getting all the help you can for free.”

“In view of this, we are wanting only registered Democrats who are registered users at the unbiased Huffington Post and the middle of the road DemocraticUnderground to help in this matter. Their unbiased opinions and willingness to get all the facts before making up their minds on any given matter will be extremely useful to us during our investigation. They can be fully trusted to not make up facts to fit their agenda and trust all information will be provided so we can immediately publish their findings.”

“We have also been accused of deliberately not investigating President Obama and ignoring the many alleged gaps in his career. We’d like to take this opportunity to inform our detractors you simply can’t investigate what doesn’t exist.”

Developing..

idesign on June 9, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Forgot the / LOL

idesign on June 9, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Perry won’t get within a mile of Palin on a ticket.

Delusional.

rickyricardo on June 9, 2011 at 7:41 PM

Nope…he’s NEVER do that…..

“…From there, Sarah Palin and Governor Rick Perry entered the arena from the floor making their way past throngs of people pressing against barricades for a glimpse or a possible handshake. Perry took the microphone first, which at first seemed odd. One would assume the candidate would go last after a rousing introduction by the guest (Palin). However, the line-up was only more evidence of the Perry camp’s shrewdness in organizing the rally. Had Perry have gone after Palin, much of the crowd would have been gone. Sarah had been the draw for the event…

tencole on June 9, 2011 at 7:58 PM

If Perry is smart, he’ll either be Palin’s running mate, or include her somehow in as high a profile as he can in a campaign.

44Magnum on June 9, 2011 at 8:20 PM

idesign on June 9, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Why am I ROFLMAOPMP ??

pambi on June 9, 2011 at 8:55 PM

Rats. Sinking ship. Some assembly required.

BDavis on June 9, 2011 at 9:14 PM

44Magnum on June 9, 2011 at 8:20 PM

I hope not. That’s the one thing I worry about with Perry, that he’ll give Palin a cabinet position.

-Aslan’s Girl

Aslans Girl on June 9, 2011 at 9:26 PM

National guard troops wouldn’t make any difference. The only eway to secure the border is a fence, which Perry opposes.

Jon0815 on June 9, 2011 at 7:11 PM

First shot across the bow it appears:

HEADLINE: “Perry Soft On Illegal Immigration!”

scotash on June 9, 2011 at 10:18 PM

What Newt 2012 actually is

TheQuestion on June 9, 2011 at 11:57 PM

I can’t help but get the feeling that people are declaring Newt dead in the waters, without an election.

At this time, the self-ordained experts said McCain wouldn’t be the nominee and his campaign was just seeking to bring closure with public financing.

In politics like this, it’s too early to say anything except Trump is a troll.

amazingmets on June 10, 2011 at 1:13 AM

Petunia – Sorry you are having such a hard time with this, but, Mitt’s negatives in order of importance, at least for me, are:

1) Romneycare
2) AGW belief
3) 2nd Amendment
4) Abortion

His religion does not even register in there.

Siddhartha Vicious on June 10, 2011 at 5:44 AM

Repeat after me:

“I, Newton Leroy Gingrich,”
“I, Newton Leroy Gingrich,”

“do solemnly swear,”
“do solemnly swear,”

Ok, I think we’re done here…

Mr_Magoo on June 10, 2011 at 3:23 PM

Comment pages: 1 3 4 5