Well, looks like Newt Gingrich’s failure to take at least one southern state in his “southern strategy” was one loss too many for Newt’s big money guy, casino magnate Sheldon Adelson. News is Adelson has written his last check to the Newtster.
Greg Sargent of the Washington Post notes that on MSNBC last night, New York Times writer John Harwood said that Adelson was finished donating to Team Newt and when double checking with the leader of the Newt-supporting super PAC, Rick Tyler agreed that fundraising was going to be difficult going forward.
So, with Newt so far back in the pack, why is he still going at this point? It seems obvious that he wants to keep Romney under the delegate threshold and force a brokered convention.
I’m not sure Newt imagines he’ll be the one picked during such a convention, but he most certainly seems to hope that Romney isn’t the one going to be picked.
Newt himself seemed to say that he’s looking for a brokered convention, too. At his speech the other night he said, “One of the things tonight proved is that the elite media effort to convince the nation that Mitt Romney is inevitable just collapsed.”
At a time where we can forget about trying to nominate a Massachusetts moderate and start talking about when the primaries are over – and it’s clear that no one person has won – who would do the best job representing America governing and winning the election against Barack Obama.
So, Newt says he’s staying all the way until Tampa! It looks like Newt intends to deny Mitt the nomination.
Can he do it?