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As Ex-Aides Speak Out, Gingrich Continues Bid
NY Slimes ^ | 06/11/11 | Trip Gabriel

Posted on 06/11/2011 8:04:51 AM PDT by freespirited

Newt Gingrich vowed on Friday to campaign for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination on his own terms, saying he would do “whatever it takes” to remain in the race despite the exodus a day earlier of nearly his entire senior staff.

“There is a fundamental strategic difference between the traditional consulting community and the kind of campaign I want to run,” Mr. Gingrich said. “Now we’ll find out over the next year who’s right.”

Even as some prominent Republicans, including Gov. Terry Branstad of Iowa, questioned his viability, Mr. Gingrich made plans to deliver a foreign policy speech in Los Angeles on Sunday and to participate in a Republican debate in New Hampshire on Monday. And he sought to rebut suggestions by his former aides that he had failed to engage in the campaign as fully as necessary because his wife, Callista, was micromanaging his schedule and did not wish to devote every waking minute to the campaign...

The departure of the campaign staff came after the couple returned from a cruise that left them out of public view for 11 days, just as the Republican contest was getting going in earnest and as Mr. Gingrich was seeking to recover from some missteps.

At times in the early stages, he appeared intensely engaged in the race. He made 17 appearances over five days in Iowa last month, seeming to thrive on the energy of larger-than-expected crowds.

But when his Iowa campaign manager, Craig Schoenfeld, proposed in a memorandum that Mr. Gingrich spend 40 percent of his time in Iowa to be competitive in a straw poll in August . . . Mr. Gingrich committed to only a handful of visits.

“That’s not going to cut it,” said Mr. Schoenfeld, who resigned along with the five other paid Iowa staff members.

(Excerpt) Read more at nytimes.com ...


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Newt needs to get over himself. He's not going to be the GOP nominee.
1 posted on 06/11/2011 8:04:56 AM PDT by freespirited
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2 posted on 06/11/2011 8:06:55 AM PDT by Paladin2
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To: freespirited

I have to support Gingrich on this.

He learned from his mistake. When he quit the House, it was the wrong thing to do.

This time he’s being tough. I don’t think it will help this time around, but he’s learned from his mistake. Not a bad quality in people.


3 posted on 06/11/2011 8:07:39 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (BUY AMERICAN. The job you save will be your son's, or your daughter's)
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To: freespirited

I guess we found out who wears the pants.


4 posted on 06/11/2011 8:10:44 AM PDT by nonliberal (Graduate: Curtis E. LeMay School of International Relations)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
There's a saying about always fighting the last war.....

That said, Newt is trying to campaign part time, with a big social media role. Social media, complements and enhances a campaign, it is not an actual campaign. Obama, for all his jibber jabber about social media, got that, Newt for all his "brilliance" can't understand that.

Palin gets that better then anyone thats even running right now.

On the upside to other GOP folks, Newt can serve some valuable lessons, and when his campaign ends, also make for a great autopsy.

5 posted on 06/11/2011 8:20:07 AM PDT by Sonny M ("oderint dum metuant")
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To: freespirited

Newt who?


6 posted on 06/11/2011 8:20:28 AM PDT by Buckeye Battle Cry (Terrorism is nothing more than Kinetic Islam)
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To: freespirited

Who will inform Newt that his campaign is assuming room temperature, with the never-to-be First Lady holding the murder weapon?


7 posted on 06/11/2011 8:24:58 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
This time he’s being tough

Sure; his wife leads him around by the ear. It's a strange definition of "toughness".

8 posted on 06/11/2011 8:27:45 AM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: freespirited
The departure of the campaign staff came after the couple returned from a cruise that left them out of public view for 11 days

Taking a low profile was actually a wise decision on Gingrich's part, after opening his campaign with a giant gaffe. In fact I recommend he keep a low profile for at least ten years to really make sure the public forgets.

9 posted on 06/11/2011 8:28:48 AM PDT by Lancey Howard
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This is a little early to be making judgements. Everything will be revealed in time. Newt is a smart man but sometimes he does dumb things. Lets see if he comes up with some good ideas that can be used to defeat Obama.

Everybody that is dogging one of the GOP candidates is helping Obama. Promote the good points of your favorite candidate and if you are a one issue voter, try to get your issue on the platform. By breaking up into a bunch quarreling single issue voters we hand the election to the socialists.

10 posted on 06/11/2011 8:30:45 AM PDT by oldbrowser (different church, same God)
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To: Nonstatist

It is toughness. Wherever it comes from.

Not quitting works for liberals. Every time.

People admire spunk.


11 posted on 06/11/2011 8:31:35 AM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (BUY AMERICAN. The job you save will be your son's, or your daughter's)
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To: freespirited
He knows he doesn't have a prayer of winning. It's not about winning.

It's about cashing-in on government-provided campaign funding for him and his cronies.

12 posted on 06/11/2011 8:32:41 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (If Sarah Palin really was unelectable, state-run media would be begging the GOP to nominate her.)
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with the never-to-be First Lady holding the murder weapon?

Purchased at Tiffany’s I would presume.


13 posted on 06/11/2011 8:36:20 AM PDT by Recon Dad (Herman Cain is the man in 2012)
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To: Recon Dad
....with the never-to-be First Lady holding the murder weapon?

Purchased at Tiffany’s I would presume.

Well played!

14 posted on 06/11/2011 8:55:23 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all......)
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To: freespirited

Newt needs to find another moral issue, left-wing politician, or ideal that he can compromisej with/on and just fade away.


15 posted on 06/11/2011 9:16:43 AM PDT by SoConPubbie
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To: E. Pluribus Unum

“It’s about cashing-in on government-provided campaign funding for him and his cronies”

It is also about protecting “Enhancing His Brand”.
i.e. Make more money.
He does not have a prayer and he knows it.
He is despised by most conservatives.


16 posted on 06/11/2011 9:18:00 AM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: Cringing Negativism Network
He learned from his mistake. When he quit the House, it was the wrong thing to do.

He quit because he was voted out as Speaker because he had promised the Republicans would win 2 dozen seats in '98 and they ended up losing seats instead. IOW, epic FAIL.

Which is what he's done once again, by sticking his great big foot in his mouth. He's quite done, call him toast.

17 posted on 06/11/2011 9:18:37 AM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: freespirited
He knows that he doesn't have a prayer but he thinks it'll up his future speaking fees.
18 posted on 06/11/2011 9:21:21 AM PDT by JPG (Hey, LSM, how are those emails workin' out for ya?)
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You’re right; this is a sure fire way for him to increase his speaking fees through the free visibility of a bogus campaign. Cripes, he’s an annoying person.


19 posted on 06/11/2011 9:22:50 AM PDT by Nonstatist
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To: freespirited
Apparently, Newt is letting Calista pull him around by his Anthony [Weiner]. To insist on a 2 week cruise to the Greek Isles at the outset of his ill-fated campaign is just so typical of a bossy bitch. It's no wonder this tart has run up a $500K bill in jewelry that he has to pay for.

My guess is he really wasn't serious about it - just trying to scam some campaign cash and headlines to keep his money flow up so he could keep this tramp. I dunno bout you, but she must be giving him something spectacular to make him act like the fool he is.

20 posted on 06/11/2011 9:26:50 AM PDT by Gaffer
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I always thought it was odd that these hired staff folks take the campaign’s paychecks, then when they have a dispute, go to press to badmouth the organization that was paying them.

In most professions, you could get sued for such actions. And many of us have contracts with a “confidentiality” agreement.


21 posted on 06/11/2011 9:51:01 AM PDT by campaignPete R-CT (Palin '12 begins in '11. In western New Hampshire pour moi.)
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To: freespirited

Stick a fork in it, grandma.


22 posted on 06/11/2011 10:23:47 AM PDT by wolficatZ (Somebody once wrote "Revenge is a dish that has to be eaten cold".)
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To: freespirited

Regardless of their reasons for leaving, the speaking out now by the former consultants should make them radioactive to any future candidate. They are a collection of budding authors who will sellout their next boss at the most profitable time.


23 posted on 06/11/2011 10:28:09 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: Gaffer

As a former “serious” presidential candidate he can likely command higher speaking fees than Noot can as just a former Speaker. It was still about paying the bills.


24 posted on 06/11/2011 10:31:28 AM PDT by Sgt_Schultze (A half-truth is a complete lie)
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To: freespirited

Weiner may be available pretty soon to run Newtie’s campaign.


25 posted on 06/11/2011 10:35:54 AM PDT by Joe 6-pack (Que me amat, amet et canem meum)
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“Now we’ll find out over the next year who’s right.”

Don’t we already know? When Dems and Reps alike (not to mention your entire, now resigned staff) agree your candidacy is a loser, who are you trying to appeal to? This is the Republican primaries, not some mythical general election.

If this is a gambit to angle in on VP, a cabinet position, or increased speaking fees, there IS such a thing as bad publicity.


26 posted on 06/12/2011 12:27:24 AM PDT by COgamer
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To: Recon Dad

“with the never-to-be First Lady holding the murder weapon?

Purchased at Tiffany’s I would presume.”

Game. Set. Match.

And any other appropriate sports terms I know nothing about.


27 posted on 06/12/2011 12:30:56 AM PDT by COgamer
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