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.
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