The sudden resignations Thursday of a large number of Newt Gingrich’s top campaign staff led first to speculation that the former House speaker was out of the running — which he quickly denied — and in turn to speculation that at least some of them would be joining a Rick Perry campaign — an oft-rumored possibility which the Texas governor has not shot down.
It’s hard to say which other candidates would benefit or suffer from Gingrich potentially getting out of the race and/or Perry potentially getting in it. Tim Pawlenty picked up a quick endorsement from former Georgia Gov. Sonny Perdue, who had been a co-chair of the Gingrich campaign (and who apparently sided with his former campaign manager, Pawlenty’s campaign manager Nick Ayers, over his former chief of staff, big-time Mitt Romney supporter Eric Tanenblatt). But, given all those personal connections, plus his work with Pawlenty while both were Republican governors, Perdue may not be indicative of where the bulk of Gingrich’s backers would gravitate.
Would Gingrich for Perry be a good trade for GOP voters?
Total Voters: 82
So, instead, let’s look only at the candidates themselves — and assume that Gingrich ends up withdrawing and Perry sooner or later throws his 10-gallon hat in the ring. Subtract Gingrich — the ideas guy whose mouth may have gotten him in trouble one too many times — and add Perry — whose state has seen tremendous job growth, but who would be trying to enter the White House just four years after another ex-Texas gov left it. Would that make for a better GOP field than the one we had just a couple of days ago? Answer in the comments thread and in the poll on the left.
* * *
Quick housekeeping note: Y’all may have noticed that I’ve been publishing question posts like this one on Mondays for about a month now. I decided to move it to Fridays and add a different standing feature for Mondays, which will debut as soon as next week.
No hints as to what that one will be, but I am looking for help in naming this Friday question feature. It needs to be short and punchy because I’ll put it in the headline each time — and it definitely needs to be livelier than, you know, “Friday Question.”
Email me suggestions at email@example.com and I will provide some kind of online glory for the chosen one to bask in. Also, feel free any time to email suggestions for that week’s question.
– By Kyle Wingfield