Gingrich returns from cruise; staff abandons sinking ship

"Wait, why are you all leaving?"

"Wait, why are you all leaving?"

3:58 p.m. UPDATE from Newt’s Facebook page: “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.”

UPDATE TWO, 5:05: All six members of his Iowa campaign staff have quit on him as well. Apparently they realized that he wasn’t really serious about running and was basically taking them for a ride.

UPDATE THREE: 6:12: Former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, who until a few minutes ago was national co-chairman of the Gingrich campaign, has abandoned the sinking ship and is paddling his way over to the U.S.S. Pawlenty.

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Well, I guess that’s that.

Shortly after announcing his candidacy for president, Newt Gingrich shot himself in the foot by calling Paul Ryan’s proposed budget “right-wing social engineering.” (You always knew he would self-destruct. The Gingrichian twist — and there’s always a twist with this guy — was that he did it by telling the truth for once.)

Shortly after that faux pas, Gingrich abandoned the campaign trail to take a week-long luxury cruise with his wife in the Greek Isles. He returned yesterday.

Today, most of his campaign staff resigned en masse.

As the AP reports, “Gingrich press spokesman Rick Tyler told The Associated Press that he’s resigned along with campaign manager Rob Johnson, senior strategists and aides in key early primary states.”

Gingrich said recently that a campaign like his is “something that happens once or twice in a century,” as if it were Halley’s Comet or something. He may have been right. I certainly can’t think of another one that lasted such a short time and ended in such humiliating fashion.

At the moment, Newt’s still insisting that he’s in the race, but it’s impossible to see how that happens. And the Glib One didn’t even make it to the first debate.

– Jay Bookman

454 comments Add your comment

Finn McCool

June 9th, 2011
3:26 pm

Wow, that didn’t take long!

America will be better off without the newt’s hands on the controls.

Moderate Line

June 9th, 2011
3:27 pm

It will be interesting to see if this hurts or helps Romney.

Kamchak

June 9th, 2011
3:28 pm

Rats and sinking ships immediately leaps to mind.

Lord Help Us

June 9th, 2011
3:30 pm

Wow, what a flameout.

The ‘anti-colonial because of his kenyan father, we can’t undertand him, socialist’ crap is out the door along with the ‘right-wing social engineering’ card.

Amazing which of these things cost Gingrich his candidacy…

Lord Help Us

June 9th, 2011
3:31 pm

The ‘anti-colonial because of his kenyan father, we can’t undertand him, socialist’ crap is out the door along with the ‘right-wing social engineering’ card.

Or better…the former bumped his numbers UP, the latter got him beat like a rented mule…

stands for decibels

June 9th, 2011
3:32 pm

the Gingrichian twist — and there’s always a twist with this guy — was that he did it by telling the truth for once.

Per Otter in Animal House: “You [bleep]ed up. You trusted us.”

AmVet

June 9th, 2011
3:32 pm

With apologies to the Bard, “Alas, poor Newt! We knew him…”

The legacy of buffoonish Georgia politicians rolls merrily along…

Joe The Plumber too.

June 9th, 2011
3:34 pm

Newt didn’t have a chance to get past the first few primaries anyway. I’m looking forward to having our first Great President in a long time come 2013. Herman Cain. Waiting to hear all the racist remarks, cause if you don’t like Herman you must be a racist scared of a black man at the big desk.

AmVet

June 9th, 2011
3:36 pm

There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about getting away from this country, that I vacationed far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate. ~Newton Leroy Gingrich

Left wing management

June 9th, 2011
3:36 pm

Let the jokes begin. Poor GOP. The one candidate they have with a good chance to beat Obama, they hate.

By the way, GOP base getting restless in South Carolina. SC GOP starts drive to step up pressure to recruit Chris Christie.

jewcowboy

June 9th, 2011
3:41 pm

Meh…another jackwad with a “R” behind his/her name is waiting in the wings to replace Newt and take up talking out of their backside.

Goldie

June 9th, 2011
3:41 pm

Oh, darn — I’m gonna miss Ole Newt at the GOP debates — he’s always got entertainment coming out of his mouth!

I can’t decide which Newt-ism I like best: like when he said the statement about Susan Smith drowning her kids could easily be blamed on the Dems, or when he decided to serve wife #2 with divorce papers while she was recuperating in the hospital… so much to choose from! :-)

Left wing management

June 9th, 2011
3:41 pm

Joe: “I’m looking forward to having our first Great President in a long time come 2013. Herman Cain. Waiting to hear all the racist remarks, cause if you don’t like Herman you must be a racist scared of a black man at the big desk.”

Or, it could just be that someone who trumpets their support for a hard line conservative who happens to be black and taunts anyone to disagree is using it as a cover for some sort of repressed /unresolved racism of their own. As was the case with Clarence Thomas years ago.

jewcowboy

June 9th, 2011
3:42 pm

Left wing management

“Let the jokes begin”

I thought they had with Gingrich’s announcement to run?

josef

June 9th, 2011
3:42 pm

So…did they say why?

AmVet

June 9th, 2011
3:42 pm

“Newt didn’t have a chance to get past the first few primaries anyway. I’m looking forward to having our first Great President in a long time come 2013. Herman Cain.”

Another Comedy Gold candidate.

This is going to be one interesting, if not hysterical, primary season for the Pup Tent Party…

Jay

June 9th, 2011
3:43 pm

It is rather telling how often Cain supporters cite that as the prime reason for supporting the man.

Newt's Marietta Fan

June 9th, 2011
3:43 pm

Your anti-Georgia, anti-GOP bias is showing, Jay, as it always seem to do. Newt realized on his vacation that his staff was inadequate for the task, so when he got back he gave them the boot. They were giving him confusing messages and had him on a terrible schedule. He’s got the name recognition and the intellectual firepower to reload. The press dogs will lap up everything he says, and in a few short weeks he’ll be back at or near the top of the polls. He’ll start again now with a new staff, more powerful and focused than before. He was a great representative, a great Speaker and will be our finest President.

stands for decibels

June 9th, 2011
3:43 pm

at the risk of piling on…

I’m gonna miss Ole Newt at the GOP debates

I’m going to miss the diehards here hypothesizing about how ol’ Newt would just DESTROY Obama in a mano-a-mano debate.

Because Newt’s such a super-genius dontchaknow.

Joe The Plumber too.

June 9th, 2011
3:44 pm

left wing manager trainee…..bless your heart.

jewcowboy

June 9th, 2011
3:44 pm

The upside (at least from a mocking humor aspect) is, Gingrich may be down, but Santorum has entered the race.

Santorum ‘12 – A frothy mix for America

reebok

June 9th, 2011
3:44 pm

this tells you all you need to know about gingrich’s personal qualities…the people who work most closely with him can’t wait to get awat from him. hilarious…

Gordon

June 9th, 2011
3:45 pm

Can you explain how Ryan’s plan is right wing social engineering? Whether one agrees with it or not, how does that term apply?

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

June 9th, 2011
3:46 pm

Well Jay didn’t have much success earlier attacking Romney, so I guess we can’t begrudge him easy pickings like Gingrich.

Goldie

June 9th, 2011
3:46 pm

Wasn’t it Herman Cain who once stated that he would never hire any “Muslims” — or was it “those Jews”? Regardless, I do believe that’s breaking the law, ain’t it? And he thinks he can be Prez???

jm

June 9th, 2011
3:46 pm

adios Newt. Now if Santorum and a few other irrelevants will just drop out

reebok

June 9th, 2011
3:47 pm

my favorite Newtism was when he explained that he cheated on his wife because he loves America so darn much…that was priceless.

Logical Dude

June 9th, 2011
3:47 pm

josef: “So… did they say why?”

Not publicly, but I”m sure it went something like this:
“Newt, ya blew it. We’re gonna go support Palin!”

Jay

June 9th, 2011
3:47 pm

jm, it borders on ridiculous?

It crossed that border. It obliterated any signs of that border. It’s so far past the border it’s done crossed all the way into Canada.

AmVet

June 9th, 2011
3:47 pm

stands, he is the perfect example of this line from Reeling in the Years

You been tellin’ me you’re a genius
Since you were seventeen
In all the time I’ve known you
I still don’t know what you mean

A legend in his own mind.

Maybe he needs a new mistress…

Doggone/GA

June 9th, 2011
3:49 pm

“Can you explain how Ryan’s plan is right wing social engineering?”

I’m sure Newt will be glad to explain it to you…seeing as he has some free time on his hands now.

stands for decibels

June 9th, 2011
3:49 pm

Or, it could just be that someone who trumpets their support for a hard line conservative who happens to be black and taunts anyone to disagree is using it as a cover for some sort of repressed /unresolved racism of their own. As was the case with Clarence Thomas years ago.

That’s a little harsh–I think more often it’s simply the Prime Directive of some (ok, maybe most) hard righties, which is to Annoy Librulz.

They know it’s trollish and stupid to claim liberals hate Cain (or Thomas, or Sowell, or whatever) because they’re super-secret racists and wanna keep de black man down on de Librul Plantation… at least I think they probably know it…

josef

June 9th, 2011
3:50 pm

IMAM

Yes. It’s telling. So were all the Obama ones on the other side. It just goes to show that this has no party affiliation. Seem to recall being called a closet racist several times because I wouldn’t vote for ole Ima Gonna… jus sayin…

Joe The Plumber too.

June 9th, 2011
3:50 pm

jay, please show me once where I have said I support him because he’s black, hell my father is black but I don’t want him to be president. The only reason, I suspect, that his race comes up from the conservatives is because all you bedwetters have whined for the past two years that everyone who doesn’t pee down their leg at the sound of barry the boy blunder’s voice must be a closet racist. It hasn’t been the skin color but jay you know that, deep down inside…. bless your heart.

jm

June 9th, 2011
3:50 pm

Jay 3:47 – assuming you’re referencing the Pawlenty tax plan?

I’d say your description is about accurate. :D

Bosch

June 9th, 2011
3:50 pm

OhthankGod — that thread below was putting me to sleep. I mean voter ID? Who cares? No offense Joe Mama, we all do our best with the wingnuttys.

jm,

Santorum just got it the race — I mean, hell, he lost his Senate seat in PA and thinks he can win POTUS? GOPers are just plain weird.

ty webb

June 9th, 2011
3:50 pm

Seems I’ve wandered into a “circle jerk”…I’ll check back in for the music tomorrow. Have a good one everyone.

jewcowboy

June 9th, 2011
3:51 pm

“Waiting to hear all the racist remarks, cause if you don’t like Herman you must be a racist scared of a black man at the big desk.”

I assume he is the only candidate that will be required to show his “long form”…other than the Muslim-in-Chief I mean. I had heard Cain was actually born on an island in the Timor Sea, and his parents just faked his birth in TN. Where is the long form?

jm

June 9th, 2011
3:51 pm

Jay 3:47 – ludicrous speed? :D

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

June 9th, 2011
3:53 pm

“Can you explain how Ryan’s plan is right wing social engineering? Whether one agrees with it or not, how does that term apply?”

The left hasn’t been doing particularly well here lately, so Cynthia Tucker and Jay thought they could throw a stone at Paul Ryan. In Jay’s case he chose a more discreet method by using Gingrich as the front target. Tucker in what’s become even more her style was way over the top with a disoriented rant associating Ryan with Ayn Rand.

josef

June 9th, 2011
3:54 pm

Logical

Thanks. That seems it would be the news, otherwise, and just being EOI here since I can’t abide the carpetbagging, lying, cheating, ass, but wouldn’t it make sense for a campaign staff to resign if the campaign is no longer…?

Joe The Plumber too.

June 9th, 2011
3:54 pm

after weiner’s tweets, I think all calls for the long form should be suspended.

Jay

June 9th, 2011
3:54 pm

You know, I think the Gingrich fan from Marietta is actually serious.

Bosch

June 9th, 2011
3:56 pm

Jay,

My thought about the fan from Marietta was “well, at least he has ONE left”

Bosch

June 9th, 2011
3:56 pm

Jay,

My thought about the fan from Marietta was “well, at least he has ONE left”

Bosch

June 9th, 2011
3:56 pm

Ok Jay, it seems we have another IT problem on our hands now.

Rockerbabe

June 9th, 2011
3:56 pm

Yep, a good ole GA boy if there ever was one!

stands for decibels

June 9th, 2011
3:57 pm

The left hasn’t been doing particularly well here lately

have I mentioned that Obama’s Gallup approvals continue to be higher than Reagan’s at this point in his first term?

http://www.gallup.com/poll/124922/Presidential-Approval-Center.aspx

“the left” (ha!) must be doing something right for that to be the case.

stands for decibels

June 9th, 2011
3:58 pm

after weiner’s tweets, I think all calls for the long form should be suspended.

JTPt, that’s a certified good ‘un.

Bosch

June 9th, 2011
3:58 pm

Del,

“The left hasn’t been doing particularly well here lately”

And would you care to compare Jay and Cynthia’s blog numbers to the other two opinion writers? I mean hell, I posted at Wingfield’s today just to give the guy a break.

jm

June 9th, 2011
3:59 pm

“Ok Jay, it seems we have another IT problem on our hands now.”

:D Indeed it does

josef

June 9th, 2011
4:01 pm

Rocker

Gingrinch is NOT a good ole Georgia boy. He’s a carpetbagger…get you prejudices right! :-)

Joe Mama

June 9th, 2011
4:01 pm

Bosch — “I mean voter ID? Who cares? No offense Joe Mama, we all do our best with the wingnuttys.”

Actually, I thought it was about mitigating voter fraud, with IDs just being a part of that.

Got to carve out common ground before you can get things done.

stranger in a strange land

June 9th, 2011
4:01 pm

saw Newt in an interview with Greta Vas S a few weeks ago – a ‘deer in the headlights’ moment if there ever was one. Knew it was over for him as far as a POTUS concerned. Too bad – smart guy – but about as electable as S Palin

jm

June 9th, 2011
4:02 pm

Here’s my recent thinking on banks.

Obama wants to turn banks into utilities (sort of). I think turning them into “utilities” would be a fine and admirable goal, because that is the kind of role they play. HOWEVER, they need to be open and explicit about it, and rather than using a bunch of back door techniques, find a sensible but simple way to do it, rather than 1000’s of pages of regulations.

larry

June 9th, 2011
4:02 pm

He is not a Georgia boy, he’s from Pennsylvania. And if Newt was , i would not claim him.

AmVet

June 9th, 2011
4:02 pm

Cain is an Islamophobe.

It is ironic, and terribly sad, that people who come from such a prolonged history of bigotry being used against them, then themselves, become bigots.

It’s all symbolic fluff for the rabid fringe. The man couldn’t get elected dog catcher.

(Perhaps if he played some George Clinton, people might take him seriously.)

Bosch

June 9th, 2011
4:03 pm

joe mama,

:)

I guess that topic just glazes over past me, I’ve seen it so man times….

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

June 9th, 2011
4:03 pm

Headline: “Washington Post asks readers to ‘help investigate the Palin e-mails’…

New York Times, too… ”

………….. and there’s no libeal bias here.

jm

June 9th, 2011
4:04 pm

Looks like we’ve used up all our corn for ethanol for Iowa farmers

“# Corn Climbs to Three-Year High as USDA Slashes Supply Estimates3:28 PM “

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

June 9th, 2011
4:04 pm

“have I mentioned that Obama’s Gallup approvals continue to be higher than Reagan’s at this point in his first term?”

The problem you have is that Reagan won a second term because the voters were seeing daylight emerging from the mess Jimmy Carter created. There is no such day light that can be seen today and unfortunately the predictions for 012 don’t appear promising.

josef

June 9th, 2011
4:04 pm

BTW–discussing the “who’s scumbag is the worst,” did anybody catch Maddow last evening on Vitter? Pretty good one from her…

Bosch

June 9th, 2011
4:04 pm

AmVet,

RE: Cain — how long do you think it will take him to play the race card in his campaign when his opponents start beating up on him?

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

June 9th, 2011
4:04 pm

larry

June 9th, 2011
4:05 pm

I just can not take Cain seriously , i mean, if he was such a great business man, then way didnt they serve Godfather’s pizza at his campaign announcement party ?

Bud Wiser

June 9th, 2011
4:06 pm

He did not have a chance anyway.

Gingrich can now get back to what he does best, and that is promoting himself.

Joe Mama

June 9th, 2011
4:06 pm

josef — “did anybody catch Maddow last evening on Vitter? Pretty good one from her”

We went to bed early and did not watch, but I have been wondering how people can scream for Weiner’s head but ignore Vitter and Ensign, who DID break laws with their nooky partners.

poison pen

June 9th, 2011
4:07 pm

jewcowboy

June 9th, 2011
3:41 pm

Meh…another jackwad with a “R” behind his/her name is waiting in the wings to replace Newt and take up talking out of their backside.

And Obama has done so good????????

md

June 9th, 2011
4:07 pm

Ole Newt may very well be toast, but if I recall, McCain was declared doa prior to reviving himself too……I find it a bit comical how everybody seems to have that mythical crystal ball………..

Granny Godzilla

June 9th, 2011
4:07 pm

read this and I swear I really am laughing out loud….

ain’t karma great.

TGT

June 9th, 2011
4:07 pm

So Gingrich is a loser and a buffoon? This from the morons who elected the least qualified man to ever occupy the White House because of his speaking abilities and his skin color.

josef

June 9th, 2011
4:08 pm

ZamVet

“It is ironic, and terribly sad, that people who come from such a prolonged history of bigotry being used against them, then themselves, become bigots.”

Okay, Mate, remember that the next time you’re tempted to take one of your gratuitous swipes and certain socio-economic classes from a certain geographical region of the country…

jewcowboy

June 9th, 2011
4:08 pm

I heard Cain was a practicing Māori and just pretends to be a Baptist.

larry

June 9th, 2011
4:09 pm

josef — “did anybody catch Maddow last evening on Vitter? Pretty good one from her”

Yes, i saw her show last night flipping back and forth from her show to the Braves game. She did tore Vitter a new one as well as Eric Cantor.

josef

June 9th, 2011
4:10 pm

JOE

I agree with you entirely on that. It was Maddow at her best…she interspersed her comments of those calling for Weiner’s, uh, wienie, with live shots of folks going into a $2500 a ticket fundraiser for Vitter…

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

June 9th, 2011
4:11 pm

Bosch,

Kyle just needs more name recognition.

md

June 9th, 2011
4:11 pm

Did I hear ethanol??

Just an fyi, but the ethanol has a way of playing havoc with the o2 sensors on our autos……..don’t let some mechanic take you for a ride when more often than not a can of cleaner will do the trick…….so if you get the dreaded “check engine” light, start there first…………..

jm

June 9th, 2011
4:11 pm

“Newt’s still insisting that he’s in the race,”

And A. Weiner is going to be in office 18 months from now too. I read it in Star Magazine.

pogo

June 9th, 2011
4:11 pm

Amvet do you a politician of any ilk that isn’t buffoonish?

Recon, that is what liberals do. They look for, and emphasize every tiny detail that could be negative about conservatives. Meanwhile they de-emphasize and turn their heads to the true purveyors of doom for this country (Obama and his merry band of liberals in Congress). Since Obama seems to love rap so much I think I’ll start calling him “DJ-JCII”. That is what his presidential legacy is about to become.

AmVet

June 9th, 2011
4:11 pm

Bosch, to me, the most disconcerting part about Herman is his website. Click on Th eIssues tab. Are you familiar with the phrase a white cow (get it?) in a snowstorm?

It is completely bereft of specifics. Lot so flowery verbiage though.

To wit:

Alleviate Excessive Regulatory Burdens

The federal government has amassed incredible amounts of control through its ability to regulate everything from emissions to food to businesses. Certainly, some regulation is necessary to protect American consumers and taxpayers, but excessive regulation has driven up the price of the goods and services we want, need and desire.

I’d bet you Joe’s plumbing snake that if he was asked which five, ten, fifteen or twenty regulations must be the first to go, he’d give you that deer in the headlights look. I suspect his answer would be, “We’d have to look at that.”

“…and there’s no libeal bias here.”

No labial bias?

jewcowboy

June 9th, 2011
4:12 pm

poison pen,

“And Obama has done so good?”

Is Obama running for the Republican nomination? Oh well…probably a more plausible candidate for the GOP than most of the jackwads that have entered so far.

AmVet

June 9th, 2011
4:12 pm

“This from the morons who elected the least qualified man to ever occupy the White House because of his speaking abilities and his skin color.”

Leave George Bush out of this.

Left wing management

June 9th, 2011
4:14 pm

jewcowboy: ““Let the jokes begin” / I thought they had with Gingrich’s announcement to run?”

Maybe we should say: “let the joke begin moving for the exit” :)

jewcowboy

June 9th, 2011
4:15 pm

md,

“McCain was declared doa prior to reviving himself too”

So that was McCain I saw in the “Walking Dead.”

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

June 9th, 2011
4:16 pm

Gingrich is an easy mark and he’s pretty much out the door but you guy’s are underestimating Cain.

Thulsa Doom

June 9th, 2011
4:17 pm

Gingrich said recently that a campaign like his is “something that happens once or twice in a century,” as if it were Halley’s Comet or something.- Jay

Now THAT was funny. I almost fell out of my chair laughing on that one. True enough for his whole staff to abandon him in that fashion is humiliating. I would almost rather be Weiner- he was merely supremely embarrassed. Gingrich was humiliated by his own staff and there is a difference.

Jay, I feel for you and you have my sympathy. You no longer have Newt to kick around. Less you jest get bored…

AmVet

June 9th, 2011
4:17 pm

Amvet do you a politician of any ilk that isn’t buffoonish?

LOL, pogo and good point.

And josef, back at ya. You Kansasphobe! (I caught that Brown v Board comment a few days back!)

(And by way of clarification, I have never said there weren’t (fill in the blanks) in Portland or Boston or Anaheim or Topeka. But as we are blogging, living and interacting with people of the Deep South. those are the ones I decry as I deem fit. I would imagine and hope that the other AmVets of this republic, who live in those other environs do the same thing there…)

jm

June 9th, 2011
4:18 pm

Recon – I like Cain. I do think he’s currently more VP material….

blue_unicorn

June 9th, 2011
4:18 pm

“No labial bias?”

Nope. No slant there, they are all vertical

josef

June 9th, 2011
4:19 pm

Say whatever else you will, a race between Cain and Obama would, well, be interesting…a race race…

Joe Mama

June 9th, 2011
4:19 pm

“as if it were Halley’s Comet or something.”

More like Halley’s Vomit. Newtie’s projectile-puke material.

carlosgvv

June 9th, 2011
4:20 pm

So, if I don’t like Herman, that makes me a racist. Is your intelligence level the norm for all his supporters?

jm

June 9th, 2011
4:20 pm

“a race race…”

Or, on the contrary, a race not about race.

Recon (2nd.and 3rd.)

June 9th, 2011
4:22 pm

jm, I agree with that and he could be a powerhouse on a ticket as the number two running mate.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

June 9th, 2011
4:22 pm

TGT::

Obama’s skin color? Heck, I’m voting for Bachmann because she’s “hot” …….. or at least she used to be.

josef

June 9th, 2011
4:22 pm

ZamVet

That’s your story and you’ll stick to it! And note, my curmudgeon colleague, I said “gratuitous!” :-)

jewcowboy

June 9th, 2011
4:23 pm

I had heard Cain used affirmative action to become CEO of Godfather’s Pizza.

1811/1801 - 0311/0317

June 9th, 2011
4:24 pm

Jay:

Two questions …………

1) Is the AJC asking its readers to help with the Palin emails?

2) Headline: “Rich, Famous and Powerful Converge at Bilderberg”

Why ain’t El Jeffe there?

Granny Godzilla

June 9th, 2011
4:24 pm

Are parting gifts from Tiffanys in order?

jewcowboy

June 9th, 2011
4:24 pm

Cain had an affair with a young female staffer who was promptly exiled to a Caribbean island by an angry Gloria Cain, who discovered the blossoming relationship.