Hmmm: Gingrich cancels all campaign appearances in North Carolina next week; Update: Staying in, says spokesman; Update: NC events back on

posted at 8:37 pm on April 20, 2012 by Allahpundit

He’s never wavered from his position that he’ll stay in the race until Romney clinches a majority of delegates, but the unspoken caveat to that is “provided I can afford it.” Can he still?

There is increased speculation Friday evening about the political future of Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich.

Sources told NewsChannel 36 Gingrich has canceled all of his appearances in North Carolina next week.

Gingrich was scheduled to make multiple appearances throughout the state, including a visit to Lincoln Charter School in Denver next Wednesday. Fourth graders planned to present him with an American history project…

The Gingrich campaign is reportedly millions of dollars in debt.

He’s still getting Secret Service protection at a cost of tens of thousands of dollars in taxpayer money per day for reasons no one quite understands. One theory: “Staff members thought it was ridiculous too, and just another example of Newt’s arrogance and self-importance.” If you missed it yesterday, read Molly Ball in the Atlantic making the case that the campaign has ended up being a total professional disaster for Gingrich. It’s not just that he’s become a figure of ridicule, getting bit by a penguin during a visit to a zoo while Romney is preparing for the general election, it’s that his nonprofit org and his for-profit advocacy group have both shut down in the meantime. Hard to argue with the proposition that he’s pressed on too long, at least, but I don’t think running was a complete mistake. The ridicule notwithstanding, his profile is higher than it’s been at any time since he resigned as Speaker. Once the primary ends and he lies low for a few months, he can rise from the ashes in the fall as the elder statesman who refused to say die even as the entire establishment turned against him. He’ll earn grudging respect for that, and he’ll probably give a rousing speech at the convention playing attack dog for Romney against Obama. Then he can go to CNN and be a Carville-esque “insider who’s seen it all” wise man/political analyst. Not a terrible outcome. Now all he needs to do is figure out how to, er, pay off all that debt.

Since we’re on the subject of minor campaign mysteries, your exit question: Should we read anything into this? I ask only because they’ll be in Pennsylvania, not Florida, so it’s not obvious to me why Romney would call on Rubio there instead of, say, Pat Toomey.

Update: Newt’s spokesman told the NYT today that he’s neither quitting nor giving up his Secret Service agents, but it’s unclear if he told them that before or after the North Carolina events were canceled. Maybe the NC decision is a late-breaking one?

The Daily Caller sought comment from a taxpayer group, the Taxpayer Protection Alliance, which said Mr. Gingrich, a former speaker of the House, should recognize the importance of saving money.

David Williams, president of the year-old Taxpayer Protection Alliance, reaffirmed that view in an interview on Friday.

“We really don’t begrudge a presidential candidate having security,” he said. “But even Gingrich is referring to his campaign in the past tense. Why not end the taxpayer expense that goes with it?”

Update: Now Gingrich’s spokesman says the NC trip is still on and that the cancellation is a “communications glitch.” According to the new FEC filings, his campaign owes $4.3 million.


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crosspatch on April 21, 2012 at 3:19 AM

Devastating…

SauerKraut537 on April 21, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Oh please. LOL. Ever heard Romney talk about how he didn’t want to take us back to the era of Reagan and Bush? He wasn’t criticizing him from the right either.

Reggie1971 on April 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

Oh good lord HA. You don’t convince people to rally behind Romney by pushing other candidates out of the race. He’s in the race and not leaving. Deal with it.

alwaysfiredup on April 21, 2012 at 3:42 PM

I could go on, but there really is little point.

His backstabbing of George HW Bush is legendary.

He was apparently caught by his staff in a compromising position with an intern, later his wife, but was married to someone else a the time, while he was attacking Clinton. No, Gingrich never perjured himself but only because his acts were kept quiet and were never exposed to the public but were widely known to members of Congress which is why they mutinied and threw him out as speaker.

Gingrich is a lying, cheating, whining weasel.

crosspatch on April 21, 2012 at 3:19 AM

Newt was criticizing Reagan from the right. You may disagree with his criticisms, but they were valid viewpoints that he was expressing. Reagan was not perfect nor beyond reproach, so Newt’s sporadic criticisms of actions he took are hardly a disqualification for the nomination.

As for GHWB, Newt ended up opposing Bush’s broken promise not to raise taxes. I don’t really see a problem there.

As for Clinton, I don’t know how you think Newt betrayed him.

The assertion that Newt didn’t have to perjure himself about his affair because it was kept quiet that you make is ridiculous. In what setting was he ever going to have to testify about it? How do you know he would lie?

Newt has done far more in his life for the Republican party and conservatism than Mitt Romney ever has, but that does prevent you and a lot of other people from spewing bile at him.

Reggie1971 on April 21, 2012 at 1:50 PM

You’re quite right. The truth doesn’t matter to those that lie, hate and bully. The Romneyscare/establishment repub crowd keeps on kicking and spewing their bile at Newt. Just that they are so obsessed with their hatred for him says a lot for Newt’s conservative credentials.

crosspatch on April 21, 2012 at 3:19 AM

Devastating…

SauerKraut537 on April 21, 2012 at 4:51 AM

Oh please. LOL. Ever heard Romney talk about how he didn’t want to take us back to the era of Reagan and Bush? He wasn’t criticizing him from the right either.

Reggie1971 on April 21, 2012 at 1:54 PM

I give up on the Romneyscare/est repub supporters. There is a reason why they so often sound like the dems, and why their guy Romneyscare governed to the left of the dems in MA.

IndeCon on April 21, 2012 at 3:51 PM

crosspatch on April 21, 2012 at 3:19 AM

You couldn’t present the candidates fairly if your life depended on it. You are nothing but a ‘bot.

alwaysfiredup on April 21, 2012 at 3:59 PM

Democrat trolls are thick today.

Romney is the Republican nominee. If you aren’t supporting him, then you are supporting the Democrats. You might “pretend” to be a conservative Republican and you might be “conservative” but you are being a conservative DEMOCRAT if you aren’t supporting Romney.

Your choices are Romney or Obama, that’s it, it really is that simple. Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum, Ralph Nader, etc. are not realistic options to people who aren’t living in a fantasy world.

You’re either on the bus, or you are playing for the other side.

crosspatch on April 21, 2012 at 5:24 PM

No, crossspatch, you are living in a fantasy world; the choice is not Romney or Obama, at least not yet. Romney is 400 to 500 delegates short of securing the GOP nomination on the first ballot, and he does not have a lock on getting the needed number. Supporting Newt, as I do and as millions of Republicans do, is what we believe is necesary to beat Obama. We don’t believe that Romney can beat Obama. We need a Reaganite conservative ot beat Obama, and that is Newt, not Romney.

Romney gained his front runner status by spending tens of millions of dollars on negative, false attack ads, first and foremost against Newt and then agaiinst Rick Santorum. As Thomas Sowell rightly obseved in his March 19 column, the “strength” of Romney in the GOP primaries in use of negative false attacks ads will be a weakness in the general election in the Fall, that to beat Obama the GOP needs a candidate who offers himself and a vision and negative attack ads are not a vision. Newt does have a vision, and that Reaganite vision is what we need now.

Romney is not a conservative at all. During the period of time that Newt was a “Young Turk” captain in the Reagan Revolution, was a House GOP leader who led the GOP takeover of the House for the first time in 42 years based on the “Contract With America” and was the Speaker who forced Bill Clinton to balanced budgets and welfare reform, Romney voted for liberal Democrats Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Paul Tsongas and refused to sign on to the “Contract With America.” Romney’s only time in public office was as a one-term Massachusetts Governor (2002-2006), and during that one term, Romney was a Northeast liberal. Romney: increased spending (when graded against other Governors according to the 2005 Fiscal Policy Report Card produced by the Cato Institute, Romney got a D); raised fees and taxes by over $740 million; was adamantly pro-abortion rights; appointed liberal pro-abortion rights Democrats to the state judiciary, oversaw Massachusetts being 47th in the country in job growth; appointed litigation-happy environmentalists to key government jobs; flip-flopped on cap and trade, flip-flopped on carbon taxes; and championed RomneyCare (socialized medicine at the state level), which Romney has never disavowed, which resulted in billions of dollars of sky rocketing health care costs ($8.569 billion in the first five years) and which is the precursor to ObamaCare (socialized medicine at the national level). When Romney left office, he had a 35% approval rate/65% disapproval rate. Romney calls his record severely conservative. That is phoney baloney; the facts say otherwise.

Romney may try to talk conservative now, but he has never walked the walk as Newt has. Washington DC is no place for learning to walk the walk of a conservative.

Phil Byler on April 22, 2012 at 4:45 AM

No, crossspatch, you are living in a fantasy world; the choice is not Romney or Obama, at least not yet. Romney is 400 to 500 delegates short of securing the GOP nomination on the first ballot, and he does not have a lock on getting the needed number. Supporting Newt, as I do and as millions of Republicans do, is what we believe is necesary to beat Obama. We don’t believe that Romney can beat Obama. We need a Reaganite conservative ot beat Obama, and that is Newt, not Romney.

Romney gained his front runner status by spending tens of millions of dollars on negative, false attack ads, first and foremost against Newt and then agaiinst Rick Santorum. As Thomas Sowell rightly obseved in his March 19 column, the “strength” of Romney in the GOP primaries in use of negative false attacks ads will be a weakness in the general election in the Fall, that to beat Obama the GOP needs a candidate who offers himself and a vision and negative attack ads are not a vision. Newt does have a vision, and that Reaganite vision is what we need now.

Romney is not a conservative at all. During the period of time that Newt was a “Young Turk” captain in the Reagan Revolution, was a House GOP leader who led the GOP takeover of the House for the first time in 42 years based on the “Contract With America” and was the Speaker who forced Bill Clinton to balanced budgets and welfare reform, Romney voted for liberal Democrats Jimmy Carter, Walter Mondale and Paul Tsongas and refused to sign on to the “Contract With America.” Romney’s only time in public office was as a one-term Massachusetts Governor (2002-2006), and during that one term, Romney was a Northeast liberal. Romney: increased spending (when graded against other Governors according to the 2005 Fiscal Policy Report Card produced by the Cato Institute, Romney got a D); raised fees and taxes by over $740 million; was adamantly pro-abortion rights; appointed liberal pro-abortion rights Democrats to the state judiciary, oversaw Massachusetts being 47th in the country in job growth; appointed litigation-happy environmentalists to key government jobs; flip-flopped on cap and trade, flip-flopped on carbon taxes; and championed RomneyCare (socialized medicine at the state level), which Romney has never disavowed, which resulted in billions of dollars of sky rocketing health care costs ($8.569 billion in the first five years) and which is the precursor to ObamaCare (socialized medicine at the national level). When Romney left office, he had a 35% approval rate/65% disapproval rate. Romney calls his record severely conservative. That is phoney baloney; the facts say otherwise.

Romney may try to talk conservative now, but he has never walked the walk as Newt has. Washington DC is no place for learning to walk the walk of a conservative.

Phil Byler on April 22, 2012 at 4:45 AM

+1000

IndeCon on April 22, 2012 at 8:49 AM

Quit giving this creep money!

flataffect on April 23, 2012 at 4:11 AM

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