Adelson cutting off Gingrich?

posted at 12:45 pm on March 14, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Bear in mind that this comes from the same cable channel last seen making jokes about three-ways and Rick Santorum earlier in the evening, but that’s not the fault of CNBC’s John Harwood. Harwood told Rachel Maddow last night that the main funder of Newt Gingrich’s super-PAC, casino owner Sheldon Adelson, has written his last check for Gingrich in this race:

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Greg Sargent spoke with the head of the super-PAC, Rick Tyler, who acknowledged that he’s in for some rough days ahead:

The key question is whether the pro-Newt super PAC will be able to continue operating. The super PAC’s operations have been largely funded by billionaire casino magnate Sheldon Adelson, whose money has effectively kept Gingrich’s candidacy afloat.

John Harwood of the New York Times last night quoted a friend of Adelson saying that he had written his “last check.”

I just checked in with Rick Tyler, the head of the pro-Newt super PAC . Asked if he could continue operating without Adelson’s money, Tyler conceded: “Fundraising will be challenging.”

But Tyler vowed that the PAC would continue operating as best it could as long as Gingrich stayed in the race. Asked why Gingrich should continue after two losses that seem to render the cause hopeless, Tyler said the pro-Gingrich forces were betting on a contested convention, and would take it all the way to August.

The campaign itself probably can’t do much better at fundraising after the losses yesterday.  Conservative activists have been demanding consolidation behind Rick Santorum for several weeks, and their argument got a lot stronger after last night.  If Adelson cuts off the super-PAC, Gingrich won’t have many resources to run a competitive campaign.

The question will be whether Adelson himself acknowledges that.  He’s already been rumored to have pledged to support Romney if Gingrich didn’t win the nomination.  He might just decide to move his very large fundraising capability to Team Romney now and focus on defeating Santorum in the primaries.  That would make more sense than keeping Gingrich on life support at this point in the nomination process, especially since the primaries will be shifting away from states where social issues carry as much sway as they do in the Deep South, at least after Louisiana.  If Adelson really does decide to move onto the next phase, then Gingrich’s campaign will become moribund whether he suspends it or not.


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Mitt needs Newt. He and his PACs have been paying heavily against Santorum, to keep Newt afloat. It will be interesting to watch the next steps.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

What! No more sex?

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2012 at 12:49 PM

Romney/Gingrich 2012 … that’s the ticket.

SD Tom on March 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

That means its time for Newt to come back. Remember when his whole campaign staff quitted, and then he went on vacation? After that he became flavor of the month.

Daikokuco on March 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

One way or another, time to start focusing all this money on our national embarrassment. Don’t make me say his name.

msupertas on March 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

then Gingrich’s campaign will become moribund whether he suspends it or not.

he’s done.

Adelson will prolly start spending on Mitt.

He does NOT want Santorum to be the nominee.

PappyD61 on March 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Give conservatives what they want.

A one on one with Romney…..

liberal4life on March 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Gingrich has to stay in because in the unlikely event of a brokered convention he’s the obvious compromise candidate for the santorum and flopney wings of the party.

Daikokuco on March 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Time to drop out Newt. Save some credibility. Maybe meet with Pelosi on a park bench and discuss Global Warming.

kirkill on March 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Makes you wonder if the Romney campaign will make up the shortfall. After all, they really don’t want the conservative vote to consolidate behind a single candidate.

tom on March 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Romney/Gingrich 2012 … that’s the ticket.

Newt has a lot of baggage BUT i’d pay to see Newt destroy Joe Biden

gerrym51 on March 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Newt Gingrich: The Fight Continues

Hang in there Newt…!!!

Seven Percent Solution on March 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Mitt should ask Adelson to continue funding Newt until Romney wins the nomination. So long as Santorum’s support is diluted by Newt, Romney will eventually get the necessary number of delegates. He only needs 48% of the remaining delegates to get over the top.

The last thing Romney needs is for Santorum to get momentum, and he’s already about to pick up the majority of nearly 100 delegates in Missouri & Louisiana. Fortunately there’s a run of Northern states afterward that should get Romney within just a couple of hundred delegates of securing the nomination.

Santorum is a nut, and cannot possibly beat Obama. It’s going to be tough for Romney too, but if things shake out his way come fall he can win this thing.

Blacksheep on March 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

Can Newt get a cash advance on his Tiffany’s account?

JPeterman on March 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Adelson will prolly start spending on Mitt.

He does NOT want Santorum to be the nominee.

PappyD61 on March 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Hold all calls. We have a winner. Adelson cannot stand Santo and understands he would be a disaster in November.

matthew8787 on March 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

It’s the baggage, Newt, it’s the baggage.

NickDeringer on March 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

Romney/Gingrich 2012 … that’s the ticket.

SD Tom on March 14, 2012 at 12:52 PM

I love, love, love, that Mitt bludgeoned Newt and now needs him to survive. Irony is thicker than molasses.

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

But what about the moon colony?

changer1701 on March 14, 2012 at 1:01 PM

Schadenfreude on March 14, 2012 at 1:00 PM

Uh, yeah. That’s not happening.

mountainaires on March 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Adelson has been behind Romney all along. Adding more cash to Mitt’s pile of money wouldn’t do much for him. Propping up Gingrich splits the conservative vote and does help Romney. How many voters whose first choice was Gingrich would gave supported Romney if Gingrich dropped out? How many states has Mitt, “won” by a margin smaller than the percentage who voted for Gingrich?

Come and take it on March 14, 2012 at 1:03 PM

Santorum is a nut, and cannot possibly beat Obama. It’s going to be tough for Romney too, but if things shake out his way come fall he can win this thing.

Blacksheep on March 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM

What you said.

mountainaires on March 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

*would have supported Romney if Gingrich dropped out?

Come and take it on March 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

Adelson will prolly start spending on Mitt.

He does NOT want Santorum to be the nominee.

PappyD61 on March 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Do we have real evidence of this? And, if so, could you please present it?

mountainaires on March 14, 2012 at 1:05 PM

Im not sure Romney can get 1144 before the convention if Newt were to drop out.

Santorum will beat Romney one-one-one anywhere in the Midwest or South

liberal4life on March 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

Newt is a one man campaign and Adelson is that man.

lexhamfox on March 14, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Game over for Newt.

22044 on March 14, 2012 at 1:09 PM

It’s the baggage, Newt, it’s the baggage.

NickDeringer on March 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

And of course Mitt has absolutely NO baggage whatsoever, eh?

Rixon on March 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

Gingrich has to stay in because in the unlikely event of a brokered convention he’s the obvious compromise candidate for the santorum and flopney wings of the party.

Daikokuco on March 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

No. There’s almost no chance that they’d “compromise” on Newt- party activists are more interested in winning the general election than the entertainment value of Newt debating debate moderators. No number of debates would overcome his baggage and negatives.

If they didn’t hand the nomination to Romney (which they most likely would) in a brokered convention, they’d be more likely to go with someone not currently in the race (and without the initials SP).

Hollowpoint on March 14, 2012 at 1:11 PM

I love, love, love, that Mitt bludgeoned Newt and now needs him to survive. Irony is thicker than molasses.

many times candidates bludgeon each other than pick that person as running mates.

gerrym51 on March 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

And of course Mitt has absolutely NO baggage whatsoever, eh?

Rixon on March 14, 2012 at 1:10 PM

All candidates have baggage. The only difference is some baggage affects some more than others. Even with Romney’s baggage, he has more delegates than the other three combined. With Newt’s baggage, he’s a distant third.

GOPRanknFile on March 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Newt will angle for a position in Romney’s or Santorum’s cabinet were it to materialize. He’d be worth his weight in Tiffany jewels as a Press Secretary.

Archivarix on March 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Gingrich has to stay in because in the unlikely event of a brokered convention

WTF? Seriously. You realize Perry, Huntsman, Bachman could have made the same argument. Difference is Newt is an egomaniac.

hanzblinx on March 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

And of course Mitt has absolutely NO baggage whatsoever, eh?

I have NO DOUBTS Mitt would make a deal with any one of them if it was the only way to guarantee the nomination.

If I had to pick from Santorum,Gingrich,Paul i would pick Gingrich

gerrym51 on March 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

Give conservatives what they want.

A one on one with Romney…..

liberal4life on March 14, 2012 at 12:53 PM

With Ron Paul?

Im not sure Romney can get 1144 before the convention if Newt were to drop out.

Santorum will beat Romney one-one-one anywhere in the Midwest or South

liberal4life on March 14, 2012 at 1:06 PM

…so when are you going to get a job as a political pundit on MSNLSD with all this deep-seated insight into the political realities of our day?

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

I had hope for Newt when he entered the race. Seemed smart, good debater… Then he got his feeling hurt when his actual record was used in ads. Now Newt is just in it to stop Romney. Childish. Glad he won’t be President. Go away Newt and lt Romney beat Santorum straight up.

BobScuba on March 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

Just so you know, most of Newt’s support will go to Mitt… mine included.

stenwin77 on March 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

…so when are you going to get a job as a political pundit on MSNLSD with all this deep-seated insight into the political realities of our day?

KOOLAID2 on March 14, 2012 at 1:15 PM

You shouldn’t waste your time on it. It may be the least effective troll in the history of trolldom.

GOPRanknFile on March 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

From a purely mathematical perspective in the race to get delegates – this actually will help Romney.

22044 on March 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

many times candidates bludgeon each other than pick that person as running mates.

gerrym51 on March 14, 2012 at 1:12 PM

Yep. The Gipper and George Herbert Walker Bush were definitely not BFF.

a capella on March 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

As I’ve been saying, as Adelson goes (funds), so goes Newt.

Bitter Clinger on March 14, 2012 at 1:20 PM

All candidates have baggage. The only difference is some baggage affects some more than others. Even with Romney’s baggage, he has more delegates than the other three combined. With Newt’s baggage, he’s a distant third.

GOPRanknFile on March 14, 2012 at 1:13 PM

Speaking of baggage, did any one see Helmet Hair’s flat introduction of her hubby last night? She generally gives me the creeps anyway, but why he constantly showcases her, I have no idea. She alone is enough reason not to support Newt. I hope he gets out so Santorum and Romney can duke it out, straight up.

TXUS on March 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

More Delegates for Romney and Santorum. Ricks biggest problem is this makes it easier for Romney to get to 1144 while Rick still needs 65% of the remaining to get there.

UT Cowboy on March 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Speaking of baggage, did any one see Helmet Hair’s flat introduction of her hubby last night? She generally gives me the creeps anyway, but why he constantly showcases her, I have no idea. She alone is enough reason not to support Newt. I hope he gets out so Santorum and Romney can duke it out, straight up.

TXUS on March 14, 2012 at 1:23 PM

We should probably keep wives and children out of this. The reason they put her out there is so it can soften his image and to appeal to women.

GOPRanknFile on March 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Your delusional if you think that Newt’s support will translate to Santorum. The numbers have been crunched by Mitt’s team and guess what they found? They don’t translate to Santorum. We will see a consolidation, but not the kind everyone suspects.

In a two man race Santorum does not fair as well as his followers think. Let’s get this over with quick, Newt, drop out and follow Obama around the country dissecting the policy failures.

uhangtight on March 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

More Delegates for Romney and Santorum. Ricks biggest problem is this makes it easier for Romney to get to 1144 while Rick still needs 65% of the remaining to get there.

UT Cowboy on March 14, 2012 at 1:26 PM

Finally, someone is talking sense. Gingrich is probably taking as much votes from Romney as he does from Santorum – and without him in the race, it’s easier for Mitt to reach the magic threshold. The burning desire of Santorum supporters to get rid of Newt is yet another proof of their brainlessness.

Archivarix on March 14, 2012 at 1:29 PM

Romney against Obama will be like watching a David and Goliath rerun only with Romney as David with his 24 carot gold slingshot will forget which Romey he is supposed to play now and shoot himself for creating Oromneycare.

Don L on March 14, 2012 at 1:30 PM

A two man race, without the distractions of Newt is exactly what we all need. If Romney can’t win the nomination outright against Santorum, he doesn’t deserve to represent the party.

Rusty Allen on March 14, 2012 at 1:32 PM

Yep. The Gipper and George Herbert Walker Bush were definitely not BFF.

a capella on March 14, 2012 at 1:19 PM

Kennedy and Johnson!

Lightswitch on March 14, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Can Newt get a cash advance on his Tiffany’s account?

JPeterman on March 14, 2012 at 12:58 PM

LOL!

cam2 on March 14, 2012 at 1:35 PM

Just so you know, most of Newt’s support will go to Mitt… mine included.

stenwin77 on March 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

what he said

jazzuscounty on March 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM

We should probably keep wives and children out of this. The reason they put her out there is so it can soften his image and to appeal to women.

GOPRanknFile on March 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Soften his image? She’s a constant reminder of Newt’s infidelities.

JPeterman on March 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

Just so you know, most of Newt’s support will go to Mitt… mine included.

stenwin77 on March 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

what he said

jazzuscounty on March 14, 2012 at 1:37 PM

Interesting. I would have supported Newt over Romney had the Newt/Santorum roles been reversed. But the Newtsters flocking to Romney? Weird.

Bitter Clinger on March 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

ust so you know, most of Newt’s support will go to Mitt… mine included.

stenwin77 on March 14, 2012 at 1:18 PM

Ditto.

totherightofthem on March 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

The fat lady is warming up backstage. Say your goodbyes, Attack Muffin Moon-Man.

Philly on March 14, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Soften his image? She’s a constant reminder of Newt’s infidelities.

JPeterman on March 14, 2012 at 1:50 PM

It’s true, but to many, keeping her hidden was also a constant reminder of his infidelities.

GOPRanknFile on March 14, 2012 at 1:55 PM

The GOP’s best bet is to go after super majority of Senate and House, cause there will be hell to pay if the man who lost to the man who lost to Obama stumbles again because the colors on his scales didn’t change fast enough to convince the little people to vote for him.

timberline on March 14, 2012 at 1:55 PM

Isn’t it an oxymoron to say that it’s takes money to compete and when the “inevitable” candidate carpet bombs his opponent still can’t garner the majority of the votes?

gothicreader on March 14, 2012 at 2:06 PM

Doesn’t Newt have quite a few pledged delegates? I wonder who Newt will pledge his delegates to if he drops out. Do you suppose it would be Romney or Santorum?

KickandSwimMom on March 14, 2012 at 2:10 PM

WTF? Seriously. You realize Perry, Huntsman, Bachman could have made the same argument. Difference is Newt is an egomaniac.

hanzblinx on March 14, 2012 at 1:14 PM

1) No they couldn’t have. Well, Perry maybe. No Bachman supporter would want Mittens and no Huntsman supporter would consider santorum.

2) Coulda, shoulda. Newt is the 2nd choice to both Romney lovers and santorumaniacs. This makes him the compromise choice.

3) Newts an egomaniac, santorums an egomaniac, and especially Mitt is an egomaniac. What’s your point?

Daikokuco on March 14, 2012 at 2:11 PM

Santorum is a nut, and cannot possibly beat Obama. It’s going to be tough for Romney too, but if things shake out his way come fall he can win this thing.

Blacksheep on March 14, 2012 at 12:57 PM
What you said.

mountainaires on March 14, 2012 at 1:04 PM

What they said.

Priscilla on March 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

Taking out ANY incumbent president is serious, difficult, and expensive business. The powers of incumbency are enormous.

The only shot is with Romney, who appeals to the middle and will keep the focus on the horrible Obama record.

Santorum guarantees that the election will be about Santorum, given his controversial policy stances on social issues. The entire Obama record will be distracted and forgotten by the White House, DNC, and MSM if Santorum is the nominee.

Obama will have the Rose Garden, Santo the tabloids. Let’s have an election about the evils of contraception, abortion, same sex marriage — now that is a formula for disaster.

matthew8787 on March 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

What they said.

Priscilla on March 14, 2012 at 2:27 PM

What she said they said.

SauerKraut537 on March 14, 2012 at 3:00 PM

The question will be whether Adelson himself acknowledges that. He’s already been rumored to have pledged to support Romney if Gingrich didn’t win the nomination. He might just decide to move his very large fundraising capability to Team Romney now and focus on defeating Santorum in the primaries.

Why would he Adelson quit supporting a conservative candidate, Gingrich, then ignore the other conservative candidate, Santorum,
in favor of supporting a liberal RINO candidate, Romney?

Amjean on March 14, 2012 at 3:21 PM

A friend of a friend tells a friend-yea like I am going to take this at face value. go Newt

Bullhead on March 14, 2012 at 3:29 PM

Hang up the Cleats Fat Boy – GAME OVER. Time to head off for another cruise with Helmet Hair!!!

IlonaE on March 14, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Gingrich has to stay in because in the unlikely event of a brokered convention he’s the obvious compromise candidate for the santorum and flopney wings of the party.

Daikokuco on March 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

First smart thing I’ve ever seen you type.

alwaysfiredup on March 14, 2012 at 4:11 PM

Why would he Adelson quit supporting a conservative candidate, Gingrich, then ignore the other conservative candidate, Santorum,
in favor of supporting a liberal RINO candidate, Romney?

Amjean on March 14, 2012 at 3:21 PM

Adelson’s not a social conservative, he’s a fiscal conservative, and Santorum is not a fiscal conservative.

alwaysfiredup on March 14, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Interesting. I would have supported Newt over Romney had the Newt/Santorum roles been reversed. But the Newtsters flocking to Romney? Weird.

Bitter Clinger on March 14, 2012 at 1:51 PM

I’d guess it would split about 60/40 or 70/30 to Romney. Here’s why: People who like both Gingrich and Santorum have already switched to Santorum. I haven’t met anyone who likes both Romney and Gingrich but I’ve met several who like Gingrich and really dislike Santorum, and will switch to Mitt despite their mild dislike if Gingrich drops out.

Personally, I can’t stomach either of them. Newt to the convention, baby.

alwaysfiredup on March 14, 2012 at 4:19 PM

Gingrich has to stay in because in the unlikely event of a brokered convention he’s the obvious compromise candidate for the santorum and flopney wings of the party.

Daikokuco on March 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

Exactly.

IndeCon on March 14, 2012 at 4:47 PM

I’ve got it – all you people hate Gingrich. Great. You’re going to give us Romney. Another John McCain. Another Bob Dole.

Thanks for nothing.

Squiggy on March 14, 2012 at 5:58 PM

Your delusional if you think that Newt’s support will translate to Santorum. The numbers have been crunched by Mitt’s team and guess what they found? They don’t translate to Santorum. We will see a consolidation, but not the kind everyone suspects.

In a two man race Santorum does not fair as well as his followers think. Let’s get this over with quick, Newt, drop out and follow Obama around the country dissecting the policy failures.

uhangtight on March 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Wow you just proved Mitt will lose to Obama. Mittbots seem to think you should get numbers from your opponent in a race. Mindblowing.

Now for the rest of the story.

About 25% would go to Mitt 75% to Santorum.

Newt convinced me last night he should stay in the race because Rick did not make the ballot in some upcoming races but he did. Rick can not get 1144 but Newt and Rick can keep Mitt from getting 1144. Then Rick can win in the convention or possibly before like Obama did.

So yes.
Hang in there Newt…!!!

Thanks Seven Percent Solution on March 14, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Steveangell on March 14, 2012 at 6:20 PM

Squiggy on March 14, 2012 at 5:58 PM

The majority here are ABR.

Probably more so now that Matt age 41 Mitts son and spokesman said Obama is doing a great job.

Sorry but no one should vote for a man who’s own son says Obama is doing a great job. Not if you are running against Obama. Not when you make your son who says this your spokesman.

Steveangell on March 14, 2012 at 6:24 PM

Gingrich has to stay in because in the unlikely event of a brokered convention he’s the obvious compromise candidate for the santorum and flopney wings of the party.

Daikokuco on March 14, 2012 at 12:54 PM

There’s no way that Gingrich would be the choice in a brokered convention. He’s spent the last several months burning his bridges among so-called “establishment” Republicans. And although he’s been tolerated for decades in Washington circles, he’s not exactly a favored son. Probably due to his inability to control his ever-flapping lip.

Murf76 on March 14, 2012 at 6:29 PM

There’s no way that Gingrich would be the choice in a brokered convention. He’s spent the last several months burning his bridges among so-called “establishment” Republicans. And although he’s been tolerated for decades in Washington circles, he’s not exactly a favored son. Probably due to his inability to control his ever-flapping lip.

Murf76 on March 14, 2012 at 6:29 PM

Gingrich last night never came close to saying he might win a convention. I honestly believe he would support Santorum. He might be working with him right now.

Steveangell on March 14, 2012 at 6:54 PM

The really sad thing is that RINO Romney (aka Obama-Lite) LIED, and LIED, and LIED all over Florida and Iowa before about Gingrich. (SEE “What Really Happened to the Gingrich Ethics Case?” by Byron York, Townhall.com, 2/6/12) The RepublicRAT establishment will have succeeded in replacing the Jackass LIAR-In-Chief with the (R) version. Hope you’re all happy with the status quo, because that’s all you’re going to get with Willard (from the RAT movile of the same name). Nice goin’, STUPID Party!?!

Colatteral Damage on March 15, 2012 at 4:29 PM