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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: Lazlo in PA

Zimmerman is just the last of Rick S’s horesecrap


41 posted on 03/27/2012 10:19:01 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: SeekAndFind

If we want to pick someone who isn’t really competing in the primary any more, aren’t there better conservatives out there with fewer negatives, less baggage, and more support than Newt Gingrich?


42 posted on 03/27/2012 10:22:25 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: tennmountainman

Casino owner didn’t give it to Newt, Einstein. He gave to a super PAC which supports Newt. By law the pac can’t spend it on Newt’s campaign expenses, just on ads.

And no, Newt has never spend anyone else’s money on diamonds. And just for the record, having a line of credit at a jewelry store doesn’t mean you spend it all. What is your problem with how someone spends their own money anyway? Last I checked only leftists worried about stuff like that.

Now crawl back under your rock.


43 posted on 03/27/2012 10:24:35 PM PDT by Josh Painter ("We intend to change Washington, not accomodate it." - Newt Gingrich)
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To: bray

The sad thing is, if Perry re-entered the race right now, he might possibly end up with more delegates than Newt Gingrich before the convention. And he’d be a better dark-horse choice at the convention, because his negatives were low and a lot of people respected his positions.


44 posted on 03/27/2012 10:25:04 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: mylife
I would put Perrys record against Santorums any day.

LOL. I guess you forgot how Perry was run out of FR on a rail for his record before he imploded. Guardisil Mandates and Illegals ring a bell? You Newt people selling this silly meme that Rick didn't get enough vetting is only being sold by the broken hearted Newt people here at FR. I hear this from no one else. I also only hear it from the same couple people. Back in the old days, we called it sour grapes.

45 posted on 03/27/2012 10:25:04 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Yes it all rings a bell and I still like him better than Santorum.


46 posted on 03/27/2012 10:26:51 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: ReneeLynn

NEwt Gingrich said exactly the same thing on the same day Santorum said it.


47 posted on 03/27/2012 10:27:12 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: Lazlo in PA

Gloat away pal.


48 posted on 03/27/2012 10:27:57 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: bramps
classifies a reporter’s very legit question as ‘bullsh*t’.

The Gold Standard for judging things around here, Sarah Palin, seems to have thought what Santorum said was great, and was the correct response, to that reporter.

49 posted on 03/27/2012 10:28:34 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: bramps
I care about the here and now. Newt has been and still is the only man in the room.

That would explain why he's not getting any votes.

50 posted on 03/27/2012 10:29:25 PM PDT by CharlesWayneCT
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To: mylife
Don't know about the Mississippi and Louisiana primaries but yhe Alabama primary was an embarrassment. The people who took Santorum over the top are the same people who swept the grandstanding Ten Commandments judge back into Chief Justice position of the Alabama Supreme court. He got over 50% in a three way race and since the Democrat candidate is a complete buffoon, Moore is practically guaranteed a victory. While the moralists are patting themselves on the back for the “good job they done” an Athens State political science professor (PHD) is saying the insurance lobby (still don't understand why they are the bad guys) isn't very happy with Moore's election, but the trial attorney's associations are.

Great. Just what we need. One more bleeding heart social conservative holding the reins of power. Come to Bamer and get you some more of that "Compassionate Conservatism".

51 posted on 03/27/2012 10:31:42 PM PDT by gov_bean_ counter (Romney - Santorum: Twin Sons of Different Mothers...)
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To: gov_bean_ counter

Perry got beat up bad on that stuff.
Newt didnt, Cain didnt and Santorumn certainly didnt.
Now we are stuck with the weakest of the bunch.

Remember when Perry made gaffes? It was HUGE!!

Now they all make gaffs and NOBODY CARES!

Not even just gaffes, they spell it out and nobody cares!


52 posted on 03/27/2012 10:38:30 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: CharlesWayneCT

You should’ve quit after the first weak reply.


53 posted on 03/27/2012 10:40:22 PM PDT by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: Lazlo in PA

BTW, Mitt and Santo are actively avoiding debates.
They have been for months.


54 posted on 03/27/2012 10:46:33 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: mylife

Who cares. 22 official debates and a handful of one on ones not enough for you? If you don’t know where your candidate stands on issues by now, you aren’t paying attention.


55 posted on 03/27/2012 10:54:15 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Steelfish

Newt is BY FAR the most electable candidate against Barack Obama of the current 4 contenders for the nomination. He, alone among the candidates, has been able to put Obama on the ropes for a long, sustained period of time, over the energy issue. He helped actually push Obama’s poll numbers down to a painful level that made national news headlines.

Interviews in Lousiana showed many people liked Gingrich the best, but simply voted for Santorum out of strategy because they thought Newt couldn’t win. This is the same stuff we were hearing last Fall while Newt was low in the polls. People liked him, but didn’t think he could win the nomination, so they were backing someone else.

A lot of this is coming from RINO media mind control, Romney’s negative attack ads, etc. This stuff would not occur in the general election, at least I hope the Republicans wouldn’t undermine Newt in favor of Obama. If they would do that, then I CERTAINLY don’t want to nominate their hand-picked candidate anyway. Obama can only attack Newt from the left, not erroneously from the right trying to claim Newt’s a liberal like lying liberal RINO Romney does to all of his opponents.

Newt is also suffering because the debates have stopped. He would have 3 debates with Obama, which would almost certainly redefine him on the national stage the same way it redefined him in the primaries.

Newt can speak English, unlike Santorum. Newt is a real conservative contrast against Obama, unlike Romney. He has more policy depth than both Romney and Santorum put together.

If Newt’s had a weakness, it has been in his fundraising and money management. That is the advantage both Romney and Paul have had. They’ve run primary campaigns before and have a better handle on how to manage their resources. Again, the same amount of money is going to come in for any Republican nominee, more or less. So that isn’t a factor in the general. Some of the less informed Republican primary voters seem to think because Romney has more money now, that he would be able to raise significantly more money than any other Republican in the general campaign. That’s obviously not true.

The bottom line, Obama is most likely going to lose no matter who we put up. 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.

I think it’s probably essential that in most states, people vote for Santorum now. Votes need to be unified behind a single conservative in most states because Romney can only be denied enough delegates if one candidate is able to take advantage of winner-take-all rules, e.g. getting over 50% in states where that matters and winning winner-take-all districts where splitting the vote hands Romney all the delegates even when Santorum’s and Gingrich’s combined votes were higher. Santorum needs to get those delegates in order to deny Romney the nomination. But in a contested convention, I certainly hope that a ticket emerges with Newt’s name on it.


56 posted on 03/27/2012 10:56:06 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Umm Lazlo...

The entire mandate matter was not a mandate, It was a workround to give people the lowest price for the vaccine.
No one was mandated, but you knew that.

Illegals? Perry got beat up bad for a bill he could not veto that the state of Texas approved BECAUSE the Feds had us handcuffed with federal law.

But you knew that.


57 posted on 03/27/2012 10:57:09 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Lazlo in PA

I know where your candidate stands.


58 posted on 03/27/2012 10:58:13 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: tennmountainman
What did he do with all that money that Casino owner gave him?

That was given to his SuperPAC. Obviously we know Newt does not control how the SuperPAC spends its money and that money does not fund his campaign operations.

59 posted on 03/27/2012 10:58:28 PM PDT by JediJones (The Divided States of Obama's Declaration of Dependence: Death, Taxes and the Pursuit of Crappiness)
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To: JediJones

No candidate can realistically be expected to their name placed in nomination by garnering 7%, 6%, of the vote as Gingrich did in MI and MS, and where current polls show him at 5% in WI. He’s finished as a candidate. This is why we have primary contests. It’s now kaput. Over. It will either be Santorum (highly unlikely) or Romney (very likely). Time to face reality. Only real question is who will be the VP pick.


60 posted on 03/27/2012 11:02:05 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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