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Inquire of Newt Gingrich.

I wrote in a comment earlier today with regard to Newt that political corpses don't bleed.  His (former) staff would seem to agree:

Senior Gingrich aides resign campaign en masse

'The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles,' promises candidate on Facebook

msnbc.com staff and news service reports

Republican presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich's campaign manager, senior strategists and key aides in early delegate-selection states all resigned on Thursday, a mass exodus that leaves his hopes of winning the Republican nomination in tatters.

In response, Gingrich posted a message to his followers on Facebook: "I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring. The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles."

Rick Tyler, Gingrich's (now former) spokesman, tells The Associated Press that he, campaign manager Rob Johnson and several senior strategists resigned, along with aides in the early primary and caucus states of Iowa, New Hampshire and South Carolina.

Dead campaigns require no staff.

Allah Pundit speculates that the staffers have jumped in anticipation of a better candidate testing the waters:

Breaking: Gingrich's senior aides resign "en masse"; Update: "The campaign begins anew"

Allah Pundit, Hot Air


Or maybe there's something bigger going on. From this morning's WaPo story on the growing Rick Perry buzz:

One friend said Perry is "warming to the idea" of running and is now going through the process of deciding what it would take to launch a candidacy and whether he has the desire to endure a grueling campaign...

A Perry friend said the governor has been surprised at how much pressure from outside the state has arrived encouraging him to run, something he had not anticipated, and that too has prompted him to begin a discussion with family and close friends...

One potential hitch in any Perry planning is the fact that his long-time chief political adviser, David Carney, is now helping former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) in his presidential campaign. In addition, Rob Johnson, who managed Perry's reelection campaign last year, is now Gingrich's campaign manager.

But one person close to Perry said he could not imagine Carney not being at Perry's side if the governor runs. Conversely, this person said he could not imagine Perry deciding to run if he were not certain Carney would be part of his team. As another person close to Perry said, "I don't want to do this without Carney."

Now he might not have to. News reports should start appearing at any moment; stand by for updates. Yesterday at Commentary, Peter Wehner predicted that Newt's campaign wouldn't make it to the end of the summer and might not make it to the beginning of the summer. I wonder if he heard anything through the grapevine...

Curiouser and curiouser.

Take Away Question: Which will happen first?  Perry declaring his candidacy or the implosion of the Romney Campaign?


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Comments (19)

Perry announcing. The folk... (Below threshold)
retired military:

Perry announcing. The folks in the romney campaign will need someplace to go to.

Romney will implode (even more than he has already with this global warming hueyyy).

I'm sure Nancy has room on ... (Below threshold)

I'm sure Nancy has room on her broomstick for Noot.

Romney is a dead rino walking.

Nothing like having a loyal... (Below threshold)
Jeff Blogworthy:

Nothing like having a loyal staff that really believes in you.

Allah Pundit speculates ... (Below threshold)
jim m:

Allah Pundit speculates that the staffers have jumped in anticipation of a better candidate testing the waters:

We could bring back Bob dole. Just about anyone would be a better candidate than Newt.

My guess is that Romney can hold his campaign together until a better candidate shows on the scene. I think that if Perry declared Romney's campaign wouldn't so much implode as it would slowly wilt.

Perry-Rubio '12Perry... (Below threshold)

Perry-Rubio '12
Perry/Bachmann Take your pick

This to me is a clear indic... (Below threshold)

This to me is a clear indication Perry's gonna jump in. But that's just me.

Newt fell for the inside th... (Below threshold)

Newt fell for the inside the beltway traps. Too bad since he was once a good conservative. Playing the slick politician game as a conservative will likely catch up to you.

Does anyone here actually k... (Below threshold)

Does anyone here actually know any conservative or Republican who supports Gingrich for the presidency?

Not surprising. Most "camp... (Below threshold)

Not surprising. Most "campaign staffs" end up with cushy jobs in the White House.

Not surprising. Even at th... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

Not surprising. Even at the height of his power Newt couldn't have won a major election in his home state of Georgia. The notion that 15 years later he could amble back into politics and win the presidency is and always has been a sheer absurdity.

A few other points are worth mentioning:

Romney has too much money and too much fundraising prowess to implode a la Newt. Let's not be naive. Just because Romney's loathed on the Internet and on talk radio doesn't mean that he's loathed on Main Street. You have to step outside the cocoon every now and then to gauge these sorts of things. For every "dittohead" there are dozens of other people on the right who don't care what Rush Limbaugh thinks. Exhibit A: John McCain.

Perry would be a very formidable general election candidate. Perry's problem, however, like any Republican running for a public office, is getting through the primary.

Perry's very late to the game, is not that robust a fundraiser and if Palin runs her acolytes will reject Perry out of hand, even if and when it becomes painfully obvious that Perry by far is the better candidate for the fall general election. Sharron Angle, anyone? Ken Buck? Carl Paladino?

If Perry were to run and if he quickly sealed up the nomination and the also-rans quickly dropped their campaigns and got united behind him then the bells indeed would begin to toll for Obama & Co. Believe it or not, however, the same concept applies to Romney.

I was ok with him til he st... (Below threshold)

I was ok with him til he stuck his foot in his mouth about Ryan. That was it for me b/c I counted that DEE DEE Scovazz...ah the hell with it you know who I mean and the couch with the witch with a gaval...three strikes and out.

Fork. Newt. Done. Phew.<... (Below threshold)

Fork. Newt. Done. Phew.

A bunch of '2011 Newt Peopl... (Below threshold)
Les Nessman:

A bunch of '2011 Newt People' going over to Perry sure wouldn't reflect well....on Perry.
If Perry takes them then he is just another gladhanding pol.

First, it seems most were P... (Below threshold)

First, it seems most were Perry "people" who signed on with Newt.

Second, Palin has indicated before that she will not run if somebody like Perry does. They are good friends, and I believe that, if Perry seriously runs, Palin will endorse and support him.

Bachmann/C-3PO 2012<... (Below threshold)

Bachmann/C-3PO 2012

Threepio can debate the prompter and Michelle can school JEF.

Well, looks like Newt and R... (Below threshold)

Well, looks like Newt and Romney are out. Wonder who'll be next to blow their big chance?

I see Guliani is getting in... (Below threshold)

I see Guliani is getting in?

Giulliani is almost as viab... (Below threshold)
Rodney Graves Author Profile Page:

Giulliani is almost as viable as luaP noR.

Big Government types need no apply.

Gingrich never had a chance... (Below threshold)
Jim Addison:

Gingrich never had a chance anyway. He has some idea that he can issue position papers and videos, do media interviews, and score well in debates and win on the strength of his ideas.

[Pause for hysterical laughter and catching breath].

His team wanted him pressing the flesh in Iowa and New Hampshire and SC. The voters in the first two just don't vote for anyone they haven't met at least twice, and South Carolina is the sort of state that remembers conservative heroes long after their prime has past.

Instead, Newt refused to listen to them and went on a luxury cruise. The staff finally saw the handwriting on the wall, but it was always there. Newt never could avoid saying stupidly controversial things which have no chance of helping him or the conservative cause, and never was a man with broad popular appeal, even among Republicans.

Krauthammer put it well: "His campaign is finished, but he will stay in."






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