Skip to comments.Tampa Tempest :Newt Gingrich Plots Convention Chaos
Posted on 03/16/2012 3:46:57 PM PDT by Steelfish
MARCH 16, 2012 Tampa Tempest Newt Gingrich Plots Convention Chaos. By Robert Costa
As he waited for the returns on Tuesday, Newt Gingrich didnt pay much attention to the soft flicker of Fox News. Instead, as he sat with his family and a few aides in a suite at the Wynfrey Hotel in Birmingham, Ala., he was quietly glued to his BlackBerry, thumbing his way through e-mails. He was mostly cheerful, according to those in the room. He reminisced about campaigns past with his daughters. He reviewed his schedule; he bantered with his wife, Callista; he settled on a purple tie. As he sipped a Diet Coke, he casually prepared for his evening speech.
The takeaway from the relative calm was clear: This was just another night in another city. Hed make his extemporaneous remarks, his aides would pack their bags, and within a few hours, theyd board a plane and head to the next battleground.
He never discussed dropping out, not even a whisper, says one Gingrich staffer. It was business as usual. His youngest daughter, Jackie Cushman, concurs. It was never tense, she says. People forget that hes been running since 1974. He doesnt get anxious. Downstairs, the scene was more apprehensive. There was a dwindling crowd of Newt enthusiasts. After the networks declared Rick Santorum the winner of both Alabama and Mississippi, Beltway scribes began to write the campaigns obituary. (snip)
Days later, that consensus remains. Gingrich is committed to staying in the race until the convention, according to his advisers. He believes that there will be chaos within the party come August, and that with a bit of luck, a clever floor strategy, and a powerful speech he could build a winning coalition.
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Newt must be doing something right!
Chaos? Do you really think this is Newt’s fault?
What about the RINOs who are force feeding Nitt Witt Mitt?
Blood on the floor during the convention? Bit of an overstatement.
Have you ever thought about the effect of delaying the selection process on Obozo’s ability to counter whoever we wind up with as the nominee?
Mitt is a looser.
Newt is brilliant, but often a loose cannon.
Santorum, is personally clean but relatively inexperienced at this level. (might not be that big an obstacle if he chose well the staff to help him.)
If there is blame for this, I blame the leadership within the GOP.
His colleagues forced him from his House Speakership.
Maybe he can add to his resume his colleagues forcing him out of the 2012 presidential convention, as well.
Chaos? More like restoring sanity to the GOP. I can already feel buyer’s remorse starting to set in, maybe Newt can save these Santorum, Romney voters from themselves.
Seems pretty risky to me.
This whole piece is just to get the factions other than Mitt to continue fighting.
This is going to be over once it is mathematically impossible for Santorum. It is already impossible for Newt.
Newt’s moneyman Addelson will pull the plug once it is no longer feasible for Santorum. Why pay for someone who cannot win? The same will happen with Ricks money guy.
This is a short time in coming. After that, Romney will sail to the delegates he needs to win.
Even if they go to a convention, they have Romney covered.
All of this is a mere inconvenience for them.
Gingrich is either trying to SAVE America, or he’s working with the enemy behind the scenes to help KILL IT. At this point I’m not sure which.
I know the subtitle isn't yours; however, for the record it is totally dishonest ...there's absolutely nothing in the article that says Newt is “plotting chaos.” What it says is that Newt believes he has a plan that will unite the GOP should chaos occur ...which he believes is inevitable given Romney's lack of support within the base.
Thx for the article ...it's actually pretty good and uplifting for us “Newties” as we are sometimes referred to (lovingly, I am sure). (grin)
HELL YES! Exactly what we need to get the rino pricks and the Good Ole Boys Club establishment panties in a wad! Conservatives need to open up an industrial strength can of WHOOP ASS on these Pansies!
Obama couldn't beat my garbage collector at this point! Go tell that flip flopin fake lying flake POS Romney to KMA!
Thank you, NEWT, raise the roof and bring the whole sick sorted mess crashing down!!
noun; Actual Republicans getting a chance to select their nominee. For once.
They are doing it now - lots of lies/backstabbing against NEWT from the mitt/rick team.
You are very correct, some here are still ignorant about how futile this has become for everybody but a Romney supporter, that is.
If there's one thing NEWT knows it's HISTORY. Newt will use this knowledge to his advantage. He might not win but he will cahnge things for the better! This is a grand, perfect opportunity and I say a little rabble rouse, inter-party civil war is needed to save our great country!
judge not lest ye be judged
The longer we have more than one candidate running, the more chaos it is for the Democrats.
Imagine...they actually have to use their smear machine against not just one guy, but 3. That takes a lot more time, money and resources, than just going after ONE.
I say, have them ALL stay in until the last minute...makes the Dems sweat.
As well, the more our candidates vet each other, the more we KNOW our candidate.
Just my $.02
If Mitt wasn’t in this race none of this would be necessary.
I don’t why everyone blames the GOP “leadership,” whatever that is. If you don’t like the way the primaries are shaping up you should blame the VOTERS. Geesh.