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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: 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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