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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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1 posted on 03/27/2012 8:15:37 PM PDT by SeekAndFind
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To: SeekAndFind

And yet he will stay in the race to ensure Romney the nomination. The Newt legacy. Disgusting.

Santorum 2012


2 posted on 03/27/2012 8:19:34 PM PDT by RIghtwardHo
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To: SeekAndFind

Why don’t he just say it, I’m out of money.


3 posted on 03/27/2012 8:20:37 PM PDT by AGreatPer (Obama has NEVER given a speech where he did not lie!!!)
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To: RIghtwardHo

bump


4 posted on 03/27/2012 8:24:01 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: SeekAndFind

“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).”

Read more: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0312/74569_Page2.html#ixzz1qNOAusNC


5 posted on 03/27/2012 8:24:49 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather ("We Need To Teach The Establishment a Lesson" - Newt Gingrich)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

“Politico” agenda alert.

Why has this been reposted now so many times?

And what does the National Enquirer say?...


6 posted on 03/27/2012 8:26:18 PM PDT by Cringing Negativism Network (There is nothing "public" about government union-controlled schools)
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To: SeekAndFind
Maybe it's the Candidate?

(Newtie would make the perfect srategerist and press secretary)

7 posted on 03/27/2012 8:27:29 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: SeekAndFind

Keeping just enough staff to write his Romney endorsement.


8 posted on 03/27/2012 8:27:51 PM PDT by JohnBovenmyer (Obama been Liberal. Hope Change!)
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To: SeekAndFind

Yeah, good luck with that, Newt.

Even if he walked away from a brokered convention as the nominee, I don’t know how optimistic I’d feel about Newt. If you’re less popular than Willard Romney the open socialist and Rick “I endorse Romney/Why would people vote for Romney over Obama/I’d be Romney’s VP” Santorum, that doesn’t speak a lot for your chances.

Look, I like what Newt says - check my post history if you don’t believe me - but we do have to worry about electability at some point.


9 posted on 03/27/2012 8:27:51 PM PDT by Cato in PA (1/26/12: Bloody Thursday)
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Newtie would make the perfect srategerist and press secretary

Press Secretary? Absolutely. Strategerist? Not so much. The fabled "Southern Strategy" wasn't such a hot idea.

10 posted on 03/27/2012 8:33:17 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: AGreatPer

Why don’t he just say it, I’m out of money.
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Newt was on O’Reilly tonight and said he’d use his own money if he had to, but, he’s not dropping out.


11 posted on 03/27/2012 8:34:06 PM PDT by no dems (I've always been crazy but that's the only thing that's kept me from going insane.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

As I see It, Newt was thinking that there was more depth on the South. Instead, he found the one issue voters still haven’t learned a thing.


12 posted on 03/27/2012 8:43:10 PM PDT by Toespi
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To: no dems

I like Newt but at least Perry knew when to call it quits.

Pray for America


13 posted on 03/27/2012 8:44:22 PM PDT by bray (Power to We the People)
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To: sheikdetailfeather

“...Gingrich can emerge as the one candidate who can unite social, economic and national security conservatives (a fact which is borne out by polling).”

Pure, unadulterated nonsense. This signals the end of the beginning for Gingrich. Polling at 5% in WI, it’s all over for him.


14 posted on 03/27/2012 8:48:58 PM PDT by Steelfish (ui)
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To: Paladin2
Newtie would make the perfect srategerist

Really?

How did his 'southern strategy' work out for him?
15 posted on 03/27/2012 8:49:38 PM PDT by TomGuy
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To: SeekAndFind

I simply do not see why people keep bringing up Chris Christie as an alternative.


16 posted on 03/27/2012 8:50:26 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: no dems

Maybe Freddie Mac would throw some more his way.


17 posted on 03/27/2012 8:52:43 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: bray

And Pawlenty. And Bachmann. And Cain. And Huntsman. And Johnson.


18 posted on 03/27/2012 8:55:00 PM PDT by quantim (Obama = #theoccupier on twitter.)
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To: RIghtwardHo

If Newt continues on this path, he is going to be a very unpopular man after this is over.

Talk about a spoiler..


19 posted on 03/27/2012 8:57:22 PM PDT by Mountain Mary ("This is OUR country and WE will decide"... Mark Levin)
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To: Toespi
...he found the one issue voters still haven’t learned a thing.

Yeah. It is always everyone's fault but Newts. It couldn't be that he ran a shabby campaign that didn't stay on message and blew threw cash like a teenager at the mall.

20 posted on 03/27/2012 8:58:17 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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