Newt is working hard to create an environment in which a Romney Michigan loss means the end of Romney while simultaneously one in which if Romney can keep going, Newt will win his own home state of Georgia and then roll through the South before taking over the Union:
“We actually have a very good chance of doing well here and that gives us a springboard then to go across the whole country,” Gingrich told reporters Saturday at a press conference in Suwanee, Ga. “I think that’s part of what we are counting on.”
“I think a Georgia conservative has a certain advantage across Tennessee, Kentucky, Alabama, you know, Arkansas, Mississippi, Louisiana — just take the region,” he said.
Newt’s ability to name so many of the states in the American South is impressive, as is his desire to slog this one out until late May when the great Commonwealth of Kentucky finally makes its choice heard.
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign imploded Thursday afternoon with virtually his entire senior staff leaving en masse, according to multiple sources familiar with the moves.
“When the campaign and the candidate disagree on the path, they’ve got to part ways,” said Rick Tyler, a longtime Gingrich spokesman who was among those who left the campaign today.
Tyler as well as Rob Johnson, Gingrich’s campaign manager, Dave Carney and Katon Dawson, senior strategists to the effort and media consultant Sam Dawson have all stepped aside. Much of his early state operation was also headed for the exits, according to a one senior campaign source.
Among the issues, according to knowledgeable sources, was the two-week vacation that Gingrich and his wife, Callista, insisted upon taking against the advice of his top political staff. Coming as it did after one of the most diastrous campaign launches in recent memory, it raised questions as to whether Gingrich would be willing to “commit time to the grassroots,” said Tyler.
We’ll miss Rick Tyler most of all. But maybe he can get a job with the Literati’s Minions now:
We’ve been consumed with the Kentucky primary election this week (just like the 10% of you that voted), so we’ve been neglecting the Greatest Show on Earth, which is the launch of Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign. It’s been going…. AWESOME, as you can see below:
Trying to tap into the spontaneity of Twitter and Facebook, Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House, will announce his campaign for the Republican nomination for president on Wednesday by way of the two popular social networking sites, his spokesman, Rick Tyler, said in a Twitter post on Monday.
Just like Jim Newberry, Newt Gingrich is totally jumping into this Web 2.0, twatter and MyFace stuff that the kids are into, and like totally elected Barack Obama and toppled the dictator in that one Muslinist country.
This comes off the heels of the PPP poll that shows him tied in the lead with Huckabee among Republicans, and a Wintrhop poll of southern states showing him trailing only Huckabee. Considering the fact that Newt’s net favorability rating among all voters is consistently about net -10% and Huckabee’s is +10% (and Huckabee typically performs strongest against Obama), we need to give ole Gingrich all the love he needs to draft him into the race. Of course, Gingrich has shown a keen ability to resist drafts in his past, so this could be difficult.
But getting Gingrich over the top for the Republican nomination will be tough. Mike Huckabee has started an aggressive BirtherDog-whistle on Steroids strategy, that will do nothing but help him among today’s Republicans.
Barack Obama was the first Democratic Presidential candidate to win Virginia in a generation in 2008 and a new PPP survey finds that with the most mentioned possible 2012 GOP hopefuls viewed dimly in the state he’d probably do it again if he had to stand for election today.
Obama leads Mitt Romney (48-43) and Mike Huckabee (49-44) each by 5 points in hypothetical contests, a margin similar to his victory over John McCain in the state. If the Republican nominee was either Newt Gingrich or Sarah Palin Obama’s lead widens to 11 points, by spreads of 52-41 and 51-40 respectively.
Obama has pretty good approval numbers in the state with 50% of voters giving him good marks to 45% who disapprove. His numbers certainly compare well to the favorability numbers of the top GOP contenders. Only Huckabee, at 40/40, can even break even on that front. The rest of the crowd has pretty negative numbers with Mitt Romney at -13 (33/46), Newt Gingrich at -21 (32/53), and Sarah Palin at -23 (35/58).
Like we’re actually going to believe that socialist polling firms would allow someone as free and Liberty-loving as Sarah to show up in the lead. It’s not even worth the effort to refudiate! And they’re probably a bunch of… you know.
And now, I present to you the current high point in American history: