Newt Gingrich’s little campaign for the 2012 GOP nomination for president has hit yet another roadblock. Today Newt’s entire campaign staff quit all at once (en masse as the Frenchies say). Worse, his entire Iowa office team also quit not long thereafter.
Newt is promising to soldier on saying, “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.” But many are saying this is the end of the road.
It isn’t likely he’ll quit before next week’s debate at least. More than likely he’ll show up there, hope he can score big points during the debate, and then start over, but it is more than likely that his appearance at the upcoming debate will mark the end of his campaign. That is if he even makes it that far.
One interesting thing to note is the ties that some of Newt’s now former staffers have to Texas Governor Rick Perry. Now that they are freed up from Gingrich, speculation is rampant that Governor Perry will jump into the race for the White House.
Newt made himself a target by the GOP base when seemingly only hours after he announced his campaign he began to diss Wisc. Paul Ryan’s budget plan, the same plan that nearly every conservative admires and the entire GOP establishment has signed onto pushing forward.
It most certainly seems as if Newt is now neutered, or Newtered as the case may be.
I’d say this marks the end of his political career. He’ll continue to write books, make speeches, show up at conventions and what not, but he’ll never be a politician again.