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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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To: Paladin2
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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To: RIghtwardHo
And yet he will stay in the race to ensure Romney the nomination. The Newt legacy. Disgusting.

More lies for Santorum.

Now THAT is disgusting.

21 posted on 03/27/2012 9:03:19 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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To: RIghtwardHo
yes, since Santorum convicted a man before his day in court, very disgusting. What a legacy.
22 posted on 03/27/2012 9:08:53 PM PDT by Christie at the beach (I like Newt and would love to see political dead bodies on the floor.)
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To: SeekAndFind

Whatever plan Newt has for the convention, I’ll bet it includes Sarah Palin in there somehow. Y’all wanted a king maker, perhaps that is the role Newt is taking.


23 posted on 03/27/2012 9:12:06 PM PDT by upsdriver
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To: Lazlo in PA

What’s Saintorums strategy?

“Zimmerman has a sick mind and committed a heinous crime?”

We are so screwed.


24 posted on 03/27/2012 9:30:27 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: RIghtwardHo

Huh? Yet we have Rick coming out and say he’d gladly be Romney’s VP. Seems to me that Rick is the one who should have gotten out if he’s going to jump on the Romney train anyway, but then he couldn’t take votes from Newt if he did that, could he?


25 posted on 03/27/2012 9:33:25 PM PDT by ReneeLynn (Socialism is SO yesterday. Fascism, it's the new black. Mmm mmm mmm...)
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To: mylife

I’ll let you in on a little secret. I couldn’t care less about some local shooting in FL. I don’t care what anyone has to say about any side of that thing. It is an MSM manufactured distraction story to divert from Obummers failures. If what Rick said upsets you so much, send a stern letter to his campaign. From what I read, Zimmerman is a Leftist Rat Obummer supporter. That alone places him in the “sick mind” category in my book.


26 posted on 03/27/2012 9:45:26 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Rick took it hook line and sinker.
Again.


27 posted on 03/27/2012 9:54:01 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Mountain Mary; All
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 care about the here and now. Newt has been and still is the only man in the room. The longer he's around the longer the moronic public is exposed to genuine, intelligent solutions rather than the pitiful pandering we're getting from options b and c.

28 posted on 03/27/2012 9:58:37 PM PDT by bramps (Newt is the one)
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To: Lazlo in PA
It is always everyone's fault but Newts.

You seem to have Newt confused with the sainted senator.

29 posted on 03/27/2012 10:00:39 PM PDT by newzjunkey (Newt says, "A nominee that depresses turnout won't beat Barack Obama.")
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To: mylife

Took what? Answering a question asked of him? I will take that any day over the BS politician answers rolling out of Milts mouth in interviews. I like that Rick answers questions and doesn’t duck them. I my not like his answer, but I know where he stands and I am sure if he is asked about something I do care about, he will tell me what he thinks.


30 posted on 03/27/2012 10:00:39 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: mylife

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.


31 posted on 03/27/2012 10:04:03 PM PDT by Gene Eric (Newt/Sarah 2012)
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To: GeronL

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

Most don’t realize he’s a Johnny One Note - talking tough to the unions but NOT particularly conservative in other areas, plus he’s pro-Muslim.

The other reason is probably the same one that makes those people bring up Jeb Bush or Mitch Daniels as other “alternatives”.


32 posted on 03/27/2012 10:04:55 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: newzjunkey

Really? All you folks always slam Rick to defend Newt, just like your BS “Sainted” remark, but have nothing to add to why your guy’s campaign is in the toilet right now. Thanks for confirming my original statement. Looking at all the Primary contests so far, it is obvious that your guy can’t run a campaign any larger than his Conservative House district in Red State GA.


33 posted on 03/27/2012 10:08:36 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

Well I sure don’t like where he stands.

In this case he stands for conviction before having a hearing.


34 posted on 03/27/2012 10:09:17 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: Gene Eric

A closet totalitarian if I ever saw one.


35 posted on 03/27/2012 10:10:36 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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To: AGreatPer

Out of money?

What did he do with all that money that Casino owner gave him?

Buy more diamonds, cruises and private plane charters?

Time for u Newt fans to dig deeper and give more. Looks like he’s
blown through it all.

Better yet: He’s a multi-millionaire. Time to put HIS MONEY on the line.


36 posted on 03/27/2012 10:11:07 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: ReneeLynn

“Yet we have Rick coming out and say he’d gladly be Romney’s VP. Seems to me that Rick is the one who should have gotten out if he’s going to jump on the Romney train anyway, but then he couldn’t take votes from Newt if he did that, could he?”

Ding Ding Ding!


37 posted on 03/27/2012 10:12:40 PM PDT by llandres (Forget the "New America" - restore the original one!!)
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To: no dems

Newt was on O’Reilly tonight and said he’d use his own money if he had to, but, he’s not dropping out.

Lets see how much of his own money he drops in this campaign.

My opinion, not much if any.


38 posted on 03/27/2012 10:13:40 PM PDT by tennmountainman
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To: mylife

If Zimmerman is your big issue, then don’t vote for Rick. Romney will be listed on the ballot as well.


39 posted on 03/27/2012 10:14:45 PM PDT by Lazlo in PA (Now living in a newly minted Red State.)
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To: Lazlo in PA

The only reason Rick S is still here is because he was Ignored in the early debates and still has not been vetted.

He will get creamed by the left and the right.

Rick Perry got trounced in the debates, Ricky S got ignored.
Now there are no debates since he’s been sent to the front of the line.

I would put Perrys record against Santorums any day.


40 posted on 03/27/2012 10:16:55 PM PDT by mylife (The Roar Of The Masses Could Be Farts)
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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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