Breaking: Gingrich replaces campaign manager, lays off one-third of staff — to focus on the convention

posted at 10:10 pm on March 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

Clearly it’s his campaign manager and the staff who are the problem.

Alternate headline: “Gingrich finally approaching the fifth stage of grief.”

It’s largely a strategy of necessity: The former House Speaker is a distant third in delegates, behind Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum. His campaign-finance report for February, released last week, showed more debt ($1.55 million) than cash on hand ($1.54 million).

DeSantis said the former Speaker will continue to visit states with primaries, but will have a less intense campaign schedule. DeSantis promised that the campaign will be “more positive and ideas-focused,” eschewing attacks on Republican rivals. The aide said the campaign will be more digital, focusing on low-cost communications tools, including informational videos, social media and the web…

DeSantis elaborated on the announcement in an email: “Newt 2012 is transitioning into an organization appropriate for winning a big choice convention. This big choice convention phase will be focused on two goals. 1. Affecting the national dialogue to show that Gingrich is the most capable of defeating Obama, by leading on issues that put the president on defense – like Newt’s $2.50 Gas Plan; and 2. A parallel communications strategy directly to the delegates…

“Furthermore, the fact is the more than a million more people have voted against Mitt Romney than for him. We believe that if Governor Romney is unable to secure 1144 by the last primaries, he will be unable to do so at the convention where the vast majority of the delegates are conservative. That creates and environment at the convention where Gingrich can emerge as the one candidate who can unite social, economic and national security conservatives (a fact which is borne out by polling).”

Like I said in the earlier Gingrich post, that last paragraph is pure fantasy. If you’ve reached the point in a convention floor fight where, for whatever reason, both Romney and Santorum are deemed unacceptable, why wouldn’t you roll the dice on a dark horse outsider? You’re much better off with someone like Christie or Paul Ryan who’s young, appealing, superb on the seminal issue of fiscal reform, and yet to have their national image defined than you are with High-Negatives Newt. Passing over the guy with the most delegates and the guy with the second-most delegates means you’re thinking way out of the box on the nomination, which means there’s no reason to limit your choice to the people who are running. Although I guess choosing someone who hasn’t held elective office since the 90s and who can’t seem to win anywhere except his home state and the state next door would qualify as “way out of the box.” Way, way out.

I don’t know, guys. I’m starting to think maybe he really believes in this ludicrous convention idea. What other explanation is there? Exit question: Why on earth would he cite Romney’s vote total as relevant to the delegates’ calculus when Newt himself is much closer to Ron Paul’s total than to Romney’s?


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You already said spite.

Rusty Allen on March 28, 2012 at 2:45 AM

Unelectable Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have beclowned themselves time and again this primary season.

Neither Rick Santorum nor Newt Gingrich have any plausible shot at the nomination. They are not thinking about what’s best for the country. All they seem to care about are their own egos.

The time has come for the childish, tantrum-throwing, unelectable, also-ran candidates Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich to step aside and let the competent adult campaign take it from here and take down Obama.

Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum, the charade is over. The election is about more than Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. It is time for us to unite as a party to defeat Obama!

bluegill on March 28, 2012 at 6:19 AM

Seven Percent Solution on March 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Hey I still got the “Drill Here, Drill Now” from American Solutions; I am here in PA…would that help? I know that it’s a conservative general message; people would be confused (the informed) as to why I would back Newt.

I am torn between Newt and Santorum…who’d I want to lend the nuke keys, is what concerns me with all four. It comes to ballz, and I know Sarah, when she led the ANG and watched over that area of Russia she was the CiC there.

But what do I know, she’s an idiot hick trailer trash, riiiiight?/

Hang in there, Newt!!!!

ProudPalinFan on March 28, 2012 at 7:27 AM

We better hope it is a contested convention so Palin gets nominated.

Otherwise we will get 4 more years of ‘O’…

ChuckTX on March 28, 2012 at 7:34 AM

I hear the moon has cheaper rent for campaign offices. Try that, Newt.

Philly on March 28, 2012 at 8:03 AM

Unelectable Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich have beclowned themselves time and again this primary season.

Neither Rick Santorum nor Newt Gingrich have any plausible shot at the nomination. They are not thinking about what’s best for the country. All they seem to care about are their own egos.

bluegill on March 28, 2012 at 6:19 AM

Of course, Bluegill is known on these forums as the voice of Romney reason. Not!

I do agree that neither Santorum or Gingrich have a chance at the nomination, and I’m sure they both know it. This announcement is a step towards Gingrich suspending his campaign. Eventually, I think Romney’s money and delegate advantage will wear down Santorum as well. The reason they both continue is that they find Romney unacceptable, as do I. However, Santorum or Gingrich will end up supporting Romney as it looks increasingly unlikely that Romney will lose the Republican nomination. The general election is a different matter.

Note: I already voted for Newt, but in the general I’ll be ABO.

Gladtobehere on March 28, 2012 at 8:19 AM

Say goodnight, Newt. Endorse Santorum and exit gracefully, please!

insidiator on March 28, 2012 at 8:21 AM

DeSantis said the former Speaker will continue to visit states with primaries, but will have a less intense campaign schedule. DeSantis promised that the campaign will be “more positive and ideas-focused,” eschewing attacks on Republican rivals. The aide said the campaign will be more digital, focusing on low-cost communications tools, including informational videos, social media and the web…

Oh great, more video and book tours from the Gingrichs.

At least this time he fired his staff. Back in June, his first staff fired him.

Steve Eggleston on March 28, 2012 at 8:22 AM

The aide said the campaign will be more digital, focusing on low-cost communications tools, including informational videos, social media and the web…

Gingrich will walk out of here a lean, mean fighting machine.

Fallon on March 28, 2012 at 8:39 AM

So Newt now is hoping to be the GOP’s Claudius hiding behind the curtain.

EricW on March 28, 2012 at 8:44 AM

I would like a clarification on the title. Did it say that Newt “laid”, or “laid off” 1/3 of his staff?

Archivarix on March 28, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I don’t know, guys. I’m starting to think maybe he really believes in this ludicrous convention idea. What other explanation is there?

In a word: Ego.

rogaineguy on March 28, 2012 at 9:11 AM

The man likes to hear himself talk. He is not nearly as intelligent as he thinks he is, as chronicled time and time again this primary season.

antisense on March 28, 2012 at 10:41 AM

I would like Winning our Future to stop campaigning for Obama with the sour anti Romney ads, that are full of inaccuracies and innuendo, they are the group that said it is ok for rank and file republicans to hate the rich in South Carolina, and promote the idea that Romney is “not one of us.” Interpreted however you want to.
I have no idea why it is playing in my market, but what are they playing around the country. Newt is not going to be the candidate, he is not making the effort to get the delegates, and he has a flawed character in his personal life, that social conservatives don’t dare pass off as a role model for young people. No more philanderers or pregnant teenagers, PLEASE.

Fleuries on March 28, 2012 at 11:41 AM

As long as he continues to take the fight to Obowma…

… I will stand by him.

You don’t like him, don’t vote for him in the primaries…

… but the longer he stays in, the longer his plans to fix this country stay in.

Even if it is just for a platform at the Convention, someone has to take on not only Obowma, but everything he has done in the past three years, the political elite ruling class, the entrenched bureaucracies, “K” street, and everything else that needs changing…

He has stated that whoever gets the nomination, he will back, so why try to silence another voice against Obowma…?

If you didn’t vote for him in the primaries, or send any money to his campaign, what do you care…?

… He knows what trouble this Country is in, and he believes in his solutions.

Even if he is down to writing a blog, sending out e-mails, or using Twitter…

…. Oh, wait!

Hang in there Newt…!!!
Seven Percent Solution on March 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM

1000%

Let Newt speak against Obama; he’s the only one that’s rattling his cage. Stay in the fight Newt.

If Newt’s so irrelevant now, why are the petulant anti-Newt forces whining on about him getting out?

IndeCon on March 28, 2012 at 12:31 PM

Why should Gingrich drop out? I don’t understand the argument forcing anyone out of the primary. If he can’t win, he’s not a threat to Romney. If that’s the argument, he has to get out for the front runner. By what standard? What does Gingrich owe Romney or anyone else in the race for that matter? I don’t understand the insistence that candidates have to be forced out of the primary. At some point one of them get’s to 1,144, and it’s over.

Dr Evil on March 27, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Exactly.

I really think he seriously believes he is the only one who can defeat Obama and that the Republican Party will eventually wake up and realize that. I seriously think his ego is that big he’s right.

Shump on March 27, 2012 at 10:33 PM

FIFY

I seriously think Newt is the only one that can defeat Obama, too.

IndeCon on March 28, 2012 at 12:49 PM

One of two things:
1. Newt doesn’t believe he has a chance to win the nomination in the manner described, in which case he’s just another lying politician.
2. Newt does believe it, in which case he’s either nuts or his ego is in the way (as usual).

In either case he’s disqualified himself. And what a strategist(!) – his ability to have any influence with Romney to implement his policy ideas is shot due to grenade throwing.

one free individual on March 28, 2012 at 1:33 PM

Newtmentum!

jnelchef on March 28, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Again???

J.E. Dyer on March 28, 2012 at 2:18 PM

My personal opionion is that THIS argues that none of the four should get out, it should go to a brokered convention, and that in turn will not allow the Anti-American leftists little to notime to identify and coordinate their attacks along with a complicit propaganda arm in the media.

RedLizard64 on March 28, 2012 at 3:16 PM

Alternate headline: “Gingrich finally approaching the fifth stage of grief.”

Stop that. About shot milk out my nose. That there is funny.

Dandapani on March 29, 2012 at 10:10 PM

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