"Momentum Builds In Iowa." That was the title of an e-mail I received this past May 20, 2011, from Newt Gingrich's campaign manager Rob Johnson.
Johnson went on to declare:
"One thing is clear: Americans are ready to put our country back on the right track. Newt visited seventeen cities across Iowa this week. At each and every stop people packed into overflowing halls to hear what we can do to put the right policies in place so we can get the right results for our country."
"We’re ready. We launched our campaign just over a week ago, and we are already seeing an outpouring of support. Volunteers have signed up in all 50 states. Next week Newt will campaign in both New Hampshire and South Carolina."
Fast forward three weeks later to today, June 10, 2011.
"[C]ampaign manager Rob Johnson, strategists Sam Dawson and Dave Carney, spokesman Rick Tyler and consultants Katon Dawson in South Carolina and Craig Schoenfeld in Iowa quit to protest what one called a “different vision” for the campaign."
“To be successful in Iowa, you need to be here, [and] taking a look at the way the schedule was, he’s not scheduled to be here in June at all, and he’s got very few appearances in July,” said Schoenfeld. “You want to make sure that you give yourself a chance to be successful.”
So, what went wrong?
"One official said the last straw came when Gingrich went ahead last week with a long-planned cruise in the Greek isles with his wife."
I couldn't help but get a chuckle about the "trip to the Greek Islands" thing. It's right up there with "santorum."
About a month or so ago, several Republican leaning people I interacted with, when discussing possible GOP candidates, mentioned Gingrich as a good candidate, with one of them even saying what a "bright" guy Gingrich is.
I'm sorry, but I'm just not seeing that. What I see when I look at Newt Gingrich is a narcissistic, hypocritical and undisciplined man with pretensions of being an intellectual. I suspect that a lot of evangelical Christian voters are also not impressed with Gingrich and see him for the shallow opportunist that he is.
To the other person I had an exchange with, I replied that Gingrich was merely pretending to run for president just so that people would pay attention to him. Newt's presidential campaign will probably limp along for a few more weeks before he admits the inevitable and bows out. Over a decade ago, Long Island Republican Congressman Peter King called Newt "political roadkill." I don't see that anything has changed for Newt since then.