Newt Gingrich (Helps Farmers)

Put one of these in your corn crib and the squirrels will even return the cobs they stole.

In a sign that his campaign is in need of fresh funds, Newt Gingrich on Monday began charging $50 to have a photograph taken with him following a campaign speech to Republican groups here in the northernmost part of the state.

It was the first time that the former House speaker has charged those attending one of his public speaking events to pose for a photograph with him.

Note To Newt Gingrich: The World Will Need To Save Itself

In other words, go away Newt.

Despite Newt Gingrich’s best efforts, it looks like the world is going to have to save itself. A humiliating third-place finish in Saturday’s Louisiana primary should have extinguished the last embers of Gingrich’s wildfire dream of a second-ballot victory at the GOP Convention. Any Newtonian fantasy about stopping Mitt Romney in Tampa requires the former House speaker to continue to accumulate convention delegates. But Gingrich—after winning a combined 9 percent of the vote in Louisiana and the prior Illinois primary—is now in the goose-egg phase of his descent into irrelevance.

How hard it must be for Gingrich at 68 to accept that his active political career is over for good. So Newt and Callista, according to a schedule released by the campaign Sunday, will be holding Wisconsin rallies at the end of the week in advance of the April 3 primary. It undoubtedly will be Potemkin Village Politics—scant crowds, minimal press coverage, but with the purported trappings of a presidential campaign. Since, according to Politico, Gingrich has begun paying off vocal campaign creditors, there should be enough money left for a Wisconsin weekend in presidential primary fantasy camp.

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So it ends for Gingrich without even a whimper. He will go through the motions of campaigning while visiting zoos (I suspect the Milwaukee County Zoo will merit a pre-primary visit) and dining in plush hotel restaurants with Callista. When the primaries are finally over, Gingrich may even be given a brief prime-time slot at the Tampa Convention if he effusively endorses the nominee and pledges not to gush about beach volleyball as he did at the 1996 GOP Convention.

But the dream that has defined Newt Gingrich’s life for more than a half century ended Saturday without fanfare in the Louisiana bayous. It has been a long journey from Verdun to being done.

Numbers Republicans Should Ponder

Just a couple of things caught my eye this morning that has an impact on the political world as we start the day.

Romney would need just under 50% of the remaining delegates to get the nomination, Santorum would need almost 80%. Gingrich would need almost 90%.  Ron Paul would need a miracle.

The turnout for the presidential primary yesterday in Illinois was pathetic.  Turnout in Chicago was about 24%, lower than any time since at least World War II.

Smiles are breaking out at the White House.

Is Newt Gingrich’s Red Ink Campaign A Sign Of How He Would Govern?

If one can not manage a campaign budget…..

Newt Gingrich has more debt than cash on hand, according to the FEC report he will file today.

A Gingrich source notified Mike Allen that the former House speaker raised $2.62 million in February and spent $2.8 million. That left him with $1.54 million in the bank.

But Gingrich continues to carry $1.55 million in debt and the cash flow has evidently slowed. As Jonathan and Ginger reported this morning, there are already complaints in the extended Gingrich universe about unpaid bills.

Gingrich’s February fundraising total puts him at the back of the GOP pack, after Mitt Romney’s $11.5 million, Rick Santorum’s $9 million and Ron Paul’s $3.3 million.

Another Exciting Night Of Republican Primary Results Looming

Every Tuesday there are many reasons to watch the primary results, and tune in for the political commentary.  The fluid nature of this cycle’s Republican nominating process is such that two deep southern states tonight, Alabama and Mississippi will have a larger impact on the candidates than typically happens.  This promises to be another exciting evening.

THIS COULD BE the most decisive night of the primary season. If Newt Gingrich loses the primaries in both Mississippi and Alabama, after being tied for first in each, he could be effectively out of the race. If Gingrich wins both, he has a fresh rationale for going forward and denies Rick Santorum the chance for a one-on-one — ensuring that no non-Romney can accrue anywhere the delegates needed to deny Mitt Romney the nomination. If Santorum wins both, he has an argument to go on, despite little shot at the crown. If Romney wins both, he can say he has won in the deepest South, Michigan, Ohio and Florida – case closed.

How Can Newt Gingrich Become Even A Larger Joke?

There are ways…

Sources close to the Gingrich campaign say preliminary “what-if”  conversations are underway that could lead to a Gingrich-Perry ticket being  announced prior to the  Republican National Convention at the end of  August.

Gingrich insiders hope forming a predetermined ticket with Perry will unite  the evangelical, Tea  Party and very conservative voters that make up the core of the GOP.

As discussions got underway, a spokesman for Texas Gov. Rick  Perry released a statement saying, “Gov. Perry thinks Newt  Gingrich is the strongest conservative to debate and defeat President Obama  and truly overhaul Washington. The speculation is humbling but premature.”

Floating Perry as a running mate two days before Alabama  and Mississippi could energize conservatives or turn them off.

Why doesn’t Gingrich also just announce Sarah Palin for Secretary of State?!

The Definition Of Delusional

Well, actually two definitions.

RICK SANTORUM, to David Gregory on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press’: ‘[T]his isn’t a mathematical formula. … Governor Romney’s been doing this for four years and he worked very hard to make sure that states moved up that were very advantageous to him. … [A] lot of these delegates are uncommitted. … You have a whole bunch of super delegates. … These are the kinds of things … that can change as the dynamic of this race changes as we go on. … [W]e’ve been outspent about 10 to one … yet [Romney] can’t close the deal … And if we can get a one-on-one– we’ve seen in the states where we have had one-on-ones, we’ve done very well.’

NEWT GINGRICH, to Chris Wallace on ‘Fox News Sunday’: ‘I think we’ll win both [the Alabama and Mississippi primaries on Tuesday]. We’re campaigning very aggressively in both states … You start a little bit behind because of Romney’s money and the length of time he’s advertising. … I think we’re probably pulling ahead in both states.’

 

Republicans Nervous About GOP Candidates For President

Maureen Dowd gets to the problem the GOP has today with out of control presidential candidates.

Newt Gingrich, a war wimp in Vietnam who supported W.’s trumped-up invasion of Iraq, had the gall to tell a crowd at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Okla., that defeating Obama — “the most dangerous president in modern American history” — was “a duty of national security” because “he is incapable of defending the United States” and because he “wants to unilaterally weaken the United States.” Who killed Osama again?

How can the warm, nurturing Catholic Church of my youth now be represented in the public arena by uncharitable nasties like Gingrich and Rick Santorum?

“It makes the party look like it isn’t a modern party,” Rudy Giuliani told CNN’s Erin Burnett, fretting about the candidates’ Cotton Mather attitude about women and gays. “It doesn’t understand the modern world that we live in.”

After a speech in Dallas on Thursday, Jeb Bush also recoiled: “I used to be a conservative, and I watch these debates and I’m wondering, I don’t think I’ve changed, but it’s a little troubling sometimes when people are appealing to people’s fears and emotion rather than trying to get them to look over the horizon for a broader perspective.”