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Breaking: Gingrich replaces campaign manager, lays off 1/3 of staff to focus on the convention
Hotair ^ | 03/27/2012 | AllahPundit

Posted on 03/27/2012 8:15:26 PM PDT by SeekAndFind

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?


TOPICS: Culture/Society; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: brokeredconvention; gingrich; ideasvsideology; newt; newt2012; newtcampaignstaff; santorum; santorumfanatics; santorumzombies; sourgingrichgrapes; teaparty4newt
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To: JediJones
What we know for sure is that Gingrich would actually be THE MOST EFFECTIVE PRESIDENT of all of these men. He has the right experience, the right political beliefs, and the right guts for dealing with the left and with America’s enemies.

Right on! It's Good vs. Evil. Evil is strong and has many in it's grasp (money/media/GOP E). Newt has the Truth and Evil has deception. Newt is the ONLY candidate that will get my vote. Evil will never bring me down to it's level!

81 posted on 03/28/2012 2:05:29 AM PDT by presently no screen name
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To: bramps; Mountain Mary; All; napscoordinator; writer33; Lazlo in PA; Antoninus; cripplecreek
28 posted on Tuesday, March 27, 2012 11:58:37 PM by bramps: “Did any of you pay attention to Ricky's recent hysterics? He grossly panders for votes by slandering Zimmerman and classifies a reporter’s very legit question as ‘bullsh*t’. Very presidential. Very Christian. Not. He's a sad sack who's managed to something extremely improbable: make Romney look good in comparison. Santorum would get crushed by Obama.”

I'm no fan of gutter language and I won't defend it.

But apart from using words which (unfortunately) have now become common vocabulary, how does what Santorum said attacking a reporter differ from Newt Gingrich's prior attack on media during the South Carolina debate, and numerous other prior attacks on media?

The only difference I can see is that Gingrich supporters like his attacks and don't think they're “unpresidential” but don't like Santorum’s attack so they call it “unpresidential” as well as “un-Christian.”

Few if any of us on this board believe in pacifism. Lots of Gingrich supporters said Santorum wasn't tough enough. Being a nice milquetoast pansy “meek and mild” guy isn't required by Scripture in any way — I can show numerous passages of Scripture that make Santorum’s comment look mild — and I fail to see how Santorum isn't being criticized here for doing the same thing Gingrich has been doing for a long time.

Again, I don't defend gutter language. But let's be consistent. Gingrich supporters can't blame Santorum for doing pretty much the same thing they praised Gingrich for doing.

82 posted on 03/28/2012 2:46:21 AM PDT by darrellmaurina
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To: RitaOK
I am not left for even a moment wondering why the US is in the shape it’s in, or why the qualified no longer run for office.

Especially considering how trolls like you treated Sarah Palin.

Compare the size of the crowds she drew to the COMBINED turnout for the other candidates.

83 posted on 03/28/2012 3:28:01 AM PDT by grey_whiskers (The opinions are solely those of the author and are subject to change without notice.)
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To: Gene Eric

Don’t hold your breath for any objective criticism of Rick by Team Santorum. I’m reluctant to think of what it might take to produce the slightest disapproval for the man.

Because it isn’t about Santorum. This is a Newt thread. You guys have a choice now. Santorum or Romney and most of you will chose Romney which is what you wanted from the beginning. You all can come out of the Romney closet now.


84 posted on 03/28/2012 3:36:36 AM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: JediJones

Newt is BY FAR the most electable candidate against Barack Obama of the current 4 contenders for the nomination.

Such BS. He can’t even get people who agree with him vote for him. He is a terrible candidate and thank God voters know it. He is a has been guy who lives in the 90’s and does not provide a thing for today. A space station??? Oh brother. Haven’t heard much from him on that since Florida...wonder why? He just said that to get votes in Florida.


85 posted on 03/28/2012 3:41:04 AM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: mylife

You clearly hate Santorum so vote for your Savior Romney who you wanted since day one anyway. You can stop pretending now.


86 posted on 03/28/2012 3:42:34 AM PDT by napscoordinator (A moral principled Christian with character is the frontrunner! Congrats Santorum!)
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To: napscoordinator

What part of “I would put Perrys record against Santorums any day.” makes you think I support Romney?


87 posted on 03/28/2012 3:59:37 AM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: RIghtwardHo
“I think it is time for all the Republican candidates to coalesce behind me. You know, let's just have a conservative nominee to take on Barack Obama. Until that time happens, I'm not going to call on anyone to get out.” Rick Santorum 3/27/2012

Now that's class—Rick knows Newt is finished and can only help Mitt by staying in (the Left and the Romney campaign are thrilled Gingrich is still in to continue splitting the conservative vote even though he is pretty much irrelevant now and is not much of a factor except in providing cover for Mittbots so they can bash Santorum disguised as Newtons) but he is sensitive to Newt's humongous ego so he ain't gonna call for him to drop out.

So it no longer matters to me if a grasping at straws, embarrassing himself, staining his legacy, desperate for attention RINO enabling Ross Perot clone stays in or not either.

88 posted on 03/28/2012 4:04:48 AM PDT by Happy Rain ("Rick or Mitt take your pick.")
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To: JediJones
Newt is BY FAR the most electable candidate against Barack Obama of the current 4 contenders for the nomination

Then why has he done BY FAR the worst of any Republican candidate in dozens and dozens of matchup polls against Obama for months?

For the last month or so, of course, most of the polling groups haven't even bothered to include him in their matchup polling for obvious reasons...

89 posted on 03/28/2012 6:34:17 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist
Could it be because Mitten's media blitz about Newt's ethics violations had its intended effect? Newt should have immediately countered those ads but at the time, he was still playing nice. Newt is the only candidate capable of handing Obama his arse.
90 posted on 03/28/2012 6:38:41 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (Barack has a memory like a steel trap; it's a gift ~ Michelle Obama)
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To: mylife

Just another anti-Perry troll....put him on ignore. Santorum isn’t fit to hold Perry’s jockstrap.


91 posted on 03/28/2012 6:42:44 AM PDT by magritte (Gladys Knight: Mormon Siren?)
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To: darrellmaurina

Your response is bullsh*t!


92 posted on 03/28/2012 7:02:18 AM PDT by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: SeekAndFind

It’s a done deal Romney-Santorum 2012.


93 posted on 03/28/2012 7:06:40 AM PDT by gitmogrunt
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To: napscoordinator

Quite a ‘potty mouth’ on Ricky, huh? Parents should think very hard about letting their children listen to a man ( a presidential candidate no less) with a vocabulary like Santorums. Shameful.


94 posted on 03/28/2012 7:08:47 AM PDT by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: gitmogrunt

Romney is not interested in Santorum. He brings nothing but holier-than-thou contraception is evil, Zimmerman is a criminal hogwash.


95 posted on 03/28/2012 7:09:24 AM PDT by magritte (Gladys Knight: Mormon Siren?)
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To: bramps
Santantrum is a hypocrite, claims to be this righteous Christian. But by their fruits, you shall know them.

He is a phony and an impostor.

96 posted on 03/28/2012 7:13:29 AM PDT by PSYCHO-FREEP (If you come to a fork in the road, take it........)
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To: Steelfish
He’s finished as a candidate.

Of course those who are familiar with Newt never underestimate his plays, seen or unseen....Because it's never over for Newt until he says it is as he is determined to strike at Obama throughout this primary regardless of where he is in the ratings.....since this is such a wacky Primary it's best just to figure anything is possible between now and convention.

Every candidate has had people saying.."Time to go"...even Romney.....it's old and doesn't carry any weight at all for the candidates are going to do what they want to do regardless of what their opposition state.

Heck, had Santorum stepped out long ago Newt would be on top of this game and Obama would be shaking in his shoes. Every time Obama sets the bait Santorum jumps on it and comes out with egg on his face....he can't discern the traps.

Actually Newt is the only candidate Obama is responding to......truly sad people cannot see that Obama makes it clear who he doesn't want to go up against....his campaign people have even stated..."We don't want Obma/Newt debates".

It's a terrible mistake for people to state.."anybody can win over Obama". It isn't going to be about what people think ....it's going to be about how Obama plays the game, and his hands are more than dirty and the heavy hitting has been reserved for the General Election.. We've seen nothing yet by comparison to what they're going to bring against whoever opposes him.

What the Obama machine/with Romneys help did to Newt worked...along with the pimped out media carrying their water. You can bet money they are going to fine tune those tactics all the more for the general.

Neither Romney nor Santorum will win over Obama.....no doubt the Obama machine is armed and ready for both and sees them as easy targets....unfortunately at this point that's who is out in front....and for that we don't have a chance of winning the general outside of what hands are played and how at convention...if it reaches there.

97 posted on 03/28/2012 7:59:05 AM PDT by caww
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To: liberalh8ter

Why could Newt survive a media blitz by Obama in the election but be destroyed by one in the Primaries? Are Republican primary voters more susceptible to Obama media blitzes than moderates and independents?

This whole discussion is a waste of time since there is not going to be brokered convention in the first place.


98 posted on 03/28/2012 7:59:09 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: liberalh8ter

Why could Newt survive a media blitz by Obama in the election but be destroyed by one in the Primaries? Are Republican primary voters more susceptible to Obama media blitzes than moderates and independents?

This whole discussion is a waste of time since there is not going to be brokered convention in the first place.


99 posted on 03/28/2012 7:59:19 AM PDT by Strategerist
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To: Strategerist
Then why has he done BY FAR the worst of any Republican candidate in dozens and dozens of matchup polls against Obama for months?

Media block says it well. They've time and again refused to allow the people to hear Newt....because when they do Newt gets standing ovations each and every time.

Look, Obama has zip zero concern over Romney and Santorum. As soon as Newt rose the Obama machine with Romney and the Republican Elite brought everything they had against Newt to take him out. ..and he still stood. Their only recourse then was a media black out. And we know the media was more than happy to be pimped.

Additionally.....everybody is quite aware that Newt is outstanding and stands taller than any other in debates for his knowledge of events and his indepth awareness of who and what Obama is about,... and about to do if he gets four more years...... As well as his grasp on how the Republican elite operate and the media. He's had the whole arsenal aimed and firing at him from the get go...try and dodge all those bullets and see if any candidate could stand....yet Newt is still in the game.

The media black out of Newt is now what is keeping Newt at bay...."silence the opposition" if you will. If the people can't hear him then he isn't there while they focus attention on Romney, (who the establishment and liberals want), and give Santorum false hope that he's reflective of the party by the media giving him all the face time needed to make it appear he's the alternative to Romney. Sadly conservatives took the bait and so did Santorum... and are running with it.

100 posted on 03/28/2012 8:17:34 AM PDT by caww
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