Newt Gingrich’s Top Staff “Quit En Masse”, Will Candidate Be Next?

OUCH!

One has to look at the Republican candidates for president and wonder if any of them are capable of just being local constable.  None of these faces thus far have proven in any way they can lead a three-car parade, let alone a nation.

Now we hear the latest about Newt Gingrich, and it is god-awful.  This is supposed to the time when forces are joining together, but instead the wheels have come off the wagon of his campaign.  Yup, we want him leading from the Oval Office!

When it comes to Newt Gingrich I have long been of the opinion that little matters for him regarding national concerns.  Everything comes down to what is best for Newt Gingrich.  He may have interest in certain policy ideas, and clearly has a philosophical bent, but at the end of the day it is always about Newt.

Clearly there are some peeved folks in the Gingrich campaign…make that there were peeved folks in the Gingrich campaign.

Newt Gingrich’s top staff quit en masse Thursday, throwing into question whether his already troubled presidential campaign can continue.

Two sources close to the situation confirmed that campaign manager Rob Johnson, strategists Sam Dawson and Dave Carney, spokesman Rick Tyler, and consultants Katon Dawson in South Carolina and Craig Schoenfeld in Iowa have all quit to protest what one called a “different vision” for the campaign.

What is the center of this news is clouded, but one thing seems clear from many news sources.

One official said the last straw came when Gingrich went forward with taking a long-planned cruise with his wife last week in the Greek isles. After his bumpy start, rumors began to circulate in the political community the former House speaker’s days as a candidate were numbered. But the collective decision by his high command to quit makes it likely that his demise will be hastened.

Newt Gingrich Campaign On Life-Support

I like to see the mechanics of political campaigns,  regardless of the person or party.  So I am watching with interest to see if the Newt Gingrich campaign can survive the self-inflicted wounds from the past weekend.  The gaffe that started this mess was when Gingrich labeled, correctly I think, Congressman Paul Ryan’s much-touted Medicare plan as too “radical”.  That set off howls from conservatives, and then a series of gestures from Gingrich to quiet the noise-makers.

While there have always been doubts about the ability of Gingrich not to do or say something rash and intemperate, no one thought he would implode this soon. It has only been about a week since he became an announced candidate!   So now the question is can Gingrich do or say anything that will again put his campaign for the White House on track. 

I suspect it will be very hard, as most who will be the money-givers, and die-hard supporters are not interested in glory laps for any candidate.  They want a winner!  The stakes are too high to have a feel-good race.  From my point of view it seems Gingrich wants to be in the race for the sake of himself, as opposed to the needs of the Republican Party.

Having said that however, the GOP would be wise to understand what Gingrich said, even if it was stated in less than an artful way.

Newt Gingrich has always been a blow-hard who wraps himself in the intellectual part of his party.  Gingrich is correct to say that the GOP needs to not come across as radical in its approaches to win in 2012, and that Ryan’s proposal is aimed in the opposite direction from the sensible way to run a race for the White House.  But it is also true to say that for all the years and all the interviews given by Gingrich it appears that little was learned.

Bluster and bombast are not good characteristics on the campaign trail.

Can Wisconsin Native Callista Gingrich Overcome Image Of Homewrecker To Newt Gingrich?

Today former House Speaker Newt Gingrich announced via Twitter that he is seeking the 2012 Republican presidential nomination.  With that action he becomes the first of the serious contenders to formally announce his candidacy.

The question many have tonight is how Gingrich’s past lifestyle will match up with conservative Republicans who will decide the presidential nominee.  With Gingrich’s skirt-chasing past can he be a real contender when the primaries start and conservatives head to the polls?  Or are conservatives able to swallow some bile and vote for all that Gingrich represents?

In addition, can Callista Bisek Gingrich, who is 22 years younger than her husband, and was raised in Whitehall, Wisconsin be an asset to her husband?   After all Callista Bisek  is best remembered for the six-year affair that contributed to her husband’s political downfall.  Not everyone who dates an older married man and then allows for that to lead to a divorce is considered First Lady material.

Or do modern conservatives now see that lifestyle as a political plus?

CP will be watching.

Newt Gingrich For President?

Will all of Newt Gingrich’s wives be endorsing his presidential candidacy?

ABC News has learned that Newt Gingrich will make the leap this week. Confidants close to the former House speaker say he will announce his intention to form a presidential exploratory committee before the end of the week.

Gingrich spokesman Rick Tyler would only say that the former speaker will make an announcement by the end of the week on forming a presidential exploratory committee. But friends of Gingrich say he has already made up his mind. Gingrich’s travel schedule is already looking like that of a presidential candidate. He will be in Iowa on Mar. 7 and ABC News has learned he will in New Hampshire Mar. 17.