Your morning jolt: Newt Gingrich talks of life as a citizen

Newt Gingrich had placed his hopes on a good – no, make that decent – showing in the smallest of five states that held GOP presidential primaries on Tuesday.

He didn’t get it, clearing only 27.1 percent in Delaware to Mitt Romney’s 56.5 percent. (A total of 28,591 votes were cast in that state – about a third of what Cobb County generated on March 6.)

But after last night’s print deadline, my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy, who’s been tracking Gingrich, caught a hint that the former Georgia congressman is contemplating a primary afterlife. Said Gingrich:

…So we want you to know that as citizens, we are going to be right their standing shoulder by shoulder with you and that, as we think through about how we can best be effective citizens over the next week or two, we are going to rely on you for help and you for advice.

Malloy also picked up this quote this morning:

“We’ll be working out the details of our transition and we’ll have information for the press in the next couple days,” Gingrich said. “But I am committed to this party. I am committed to defeating Obama. We will find ways to be helpful but I do think it’s pretty clear that Gov. Romney is ultimately going to be the nominee.”

It sounds like Gingrich intends to call it quits – but on his schedule, not anyone else’s.

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Over at the Washington Examiner, Byron York noted the turn in Mitt Romney’s rhetoric, from GOP front-runner to conciliatory nominee:

“Let me also commend the people who had the courage to run for president on our side of the aisle this year,” Romney said. “Some still running, some have gotten out of the race…Michele Bachmann, and Tim Pawlenty, and Jon Huntsman and Herman Cain, and Rick Perry, and Ron Paul and Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Each is going to provide a vital role in making sure that we win in November.

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But Eric Ostermeier at Smart Politics that Mitt Romney, who cleared 58 percent in Pennsylvania, is still bedeviled by a lack of grassroots GOP enthusiasm:

[A] review of Republican primary election data since 1972 finds that Mitt Romney’s performances in Delaware and Pennsylvania mark the first time a GOP frontrunner has failed to reach the 60 percent mark in a contest conducted after his last major challenger dropped out of the race.

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Newt Gingrich may yet be squishy when it comes to Mitt Romney as the GOP’s presidential nominee, but the re-election campaign of President Barack Obama does. Here’s the video his Chicago HQ has cut loose this morning, dumping on Romney’s bid for the college-age crowd:

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The Washington Post has a piece this morning on Mitt Romney’s hiring of Richard Grenell as a national security and foreign policy adviser, who’s apparently vulnerable to attacks from both the left and the right:

Grenell, who spent seven years at the United Nations heading the communications department for the U.S. mission, has had to scrub snarky tweets aimed at women — particularly Democrats and liberals — and the media, while the Romney campaign has had to fend off criticism from social conservatives who object to Grenell’s appointment because he is gay.

In one entry removed from his Twitter account, Grenell wrote of Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton: “Hillary is starting to look liek Madeline Albright.”

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Look for the topic of farm chores forbidden by the federal government to dominate talk radio over the next week or so. From the Daily Caller:

The Department of Labor is poised to put the finishing touches on a rule that would apply child-labor laws to children working on family farms, prohibiting them from performing a list of jobs on their own families’ land.

Under the rules, children under 18 could no longer work “in the storing, marketing and transporting of farm product raw materials.”

…The new regulations, first proposed August 31 by Labor Secretary Hilda Solis, would also revoke the government’s approval of safety training and certification taught by independent groups like 4-H and FFA, replacing them instead with a 90-hour federal government training course.

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The Rome News-Tribune today has a rather tentative endorsement quote from Lt. Gov. Casey Cagle, who attended a meet-and-greet for David Doss, a local GOP candidate for the state Senate:

“David is one of those guys that you’re not going to always agree with, you’re going to butt heads with from time to time,” Cagle said. “I have learned to respect him.”

Doss is a former member of the state transportation board, and has broken several lances in jousts with state Sen. Jeff Mullis, R-Chickamauga, a close Cagle ally and chairman of the Senate Transportation Committee.

Cagle also told the crowd that he expects a court challenge to legislation passed by the General Assembly this spring, which would open Internet sales of some goods sold in Georgia to a sales tax – to be paid by the retailer.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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58 comments Add your comment

findog

April 25th, 2012
9:44 am

Newt is only looking for attention. In a couple of days he will be back to the, “All the way to Tampa,” mantra of his campaign. His conservative philosophy draws a line on federal spending at his Secret Service detail.
Look for him to not, “suspend” his campaign for there goes his sunglass escorts.

td

April 25th, 2012
9:47 am

Dang Jim, Centrist nailed your morning blog to a tee.

double

April 25th, 2012
10:00 am

Newt thinks Romney will be the nominee,kinda slow catching up.Typical R.This meebo needs to go.

jconservative

April 25th, 2012
10:09 am

Newt has a campaign to transition from?

GTPHISH

April 25th, 2012
10:13 am

Gee Newt, good thing you are a brilliant college professor to realize that….try not to get bitten by any penguins in your retirement.

DannyX

April 25th, 2012
10:14 am

“[A] review of Republican primary election data since 1972 finds that Mitt Romney’s performances in Delaware and Pennsylvania mark the first time a GOP frontrunner has failed to reach the 60 percent mark in a contest conducted after his last major challenger dropped out of the race.”

Its really pathetic. The polls in Texas confirm the sorry state of the Romney campaign.

Romney 45%
Gingrich 35%
Paul 14%

How in the heck is Romney planning on turning around his lack of voter enthusiasm? He will need more than an Etch-a-Sketch, is it too late for a personality transplant? People just don’t seem to care for Mitt. Yet another poll released today has Romney trailing Obama badly, -8%.

Republicans better shift their focus to 2016, they have about 4 years to come up with an acceptable candidate. The Romney, Bachmann, Pawlenty, Huntsman, Cain, Perry, Paul, Santorum and Gingrich 2012 cast of crazy has been a disaster.

Orlando

April 25th, 2012
10:17 am

Newt is an egotistical airhead…. Go lose some weight fat boy. And take that tupee off. He is such a sore loser, or should I say he is such a loser.

ByteMe

April 25th, 2012
10:18 am

Some still running, some have gotten out of the race…Michele Bachmann, and Tim Pawlenty, and Jon Huntsman and Herman Cain, and Rick Perry, and Ron Paul and Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich. Each is going to provide a vital role in making sure that we win in November.

Huntsman’s vital role it seems is to continue to trash him for being a “well-lubricated weathervane”.

Ron Paul’s is to continue to explain how Paul is still better.

Herman Cain’s role is to continue to embarrass himself http://www.thedailyshow.com/watch/mon-april-23-2012/inside-the-political-curtain-with-john-oliver—herman-cain

Gingrich’s role continues to be the same role as before: to sell Gingrich-branded media to the gullible.

The others might be a little helpful, although Bachmann looks to have her hands full with her newly assigned district.

Citizen Newt

April 25th, 2012
10:23 am

Just Wait

April 25th, 2012
10:29 am

The Republican party is so sad. Nobody wants to support Romney. Nobody wants to be his running mate. Why? Because he is going to loose to Obama and nobody wants to be associated with that. The party seems to be in “wait till next time” mode. And poor Newt just seems to be wondering around like a lost child at the fair.

sheepdawg

April 25th, 2012
10:30 am

does anyone care…….

Refugee from Dikkksie (Thank God We Escaped)

April 25th, 2012
10:31 am

Newt is so lousy only Jawja and S. Carolina had enough losers to make Newt their “winner”. Total Fail.

Barring Mitt being found to have a gay lover, Gooberstan is his land, and he is their man.

Too funny.

Waiting For Godot

April 25th, 2012
10:36 am

Only a fool mocks the spelling errors of otthers.

Only a greater fool allows spelling mistakes in his massage when mocking the schtupid.

atlmom

April 25th, 2012
10:41 am

It is clear that people aren’t incredibly excited by Romney. But really – plenty of people were excited by Obama, someone with *no* experience and who doesn’t really have any leadership skills.
Really – there are SO MANY people who stayed home four years ago because they didn’t really like McCain. Those people are going to be voting *in droves* for Romney.
I don’t see how Obama can get the amount of support he got four years ago. Sure, there were plenty of first time voters. But many of them voted for Obama and went home. To get those people out to the polls -again- will not be easy. And I don’t see the enthusiasm to get MORE of those first time voters out (i.e., people who have never voted before).
There is MUCH enthusiasm to vote against Obama. Not so much to vote *for* him*. I think he’ll have the problem that McCain did four years ago – there will be a lot of people who will be staying home.

marcus

April 25th, 2012
10:55 am

fat boy just wanted to pad his pockets with them donations and matching funds. everybody and his mama knew that this country would rather elect a mormon, a jew, a brutha or a woman before they elected this fat, pompous, lying, cheating hack. the only state that would have voted for him would have been georgia; with all their closet racist, bigots and keepers of the ol’ confederacy. georgia is such a joke, if you do not live in an area that has a high concentration of minorities then you are ostracized.

Sarah

April 25th, 2012
10:55 am

Mr. Gingrich has been a delusional joke for many years. And my tax dollars are paying for his Secret Service detail while this buffoon decides to quit “on his own schedule?”

marcus

April 25th, 2012
11:09 am

if gingrich wanted to be president he should have mimmicked andy griffith in the movie “a face in the crowd” and he would have surely gotten enough money to send obama packing. gingrich has that “cracker barrell” personna that would have appealled to the conservative, redneck, bible toting masses. he should have kept on about him not being an american, a muslim, a communist, anything that would have gotten him elected. he should have sent some of those professionals to his suite with a photo detail. gingrigh is a joke! he does not know how to be the slimey, double dealing, racisst ass politician that he aspired to be. the state of georgia should be ashamed that their own born and bred racist could not pull this off. georgians want their state back, they hate the migration of immigrants, niggra’s and homeless people flocking to the atl every day. bring back the white sheets, pick up trucks and nooses. gingrich you scab! you let us down… we wanted to be able to go see the braves and walk around the city without having to look at foreigners! we bout got hallf of them out of the state when our boy the govenor starts making them take drug test for food stamps, imagine what would have happened with you president. damn you newt! get back in the race.

NOBAMA

April 25th, 2012
11:10 am

Now Newt has time to work on his abs.

Rhett Butler

April 25th, 2012
11:12 am

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.

catlady

April 25th, 2012
11:22 am

Ah, those illusions of grandeur. Now Mr. Gingrich reprsents himself as “we”, as though he was the king (or queen) of England!

He is going to milk it for all he is worth!

Anyone taking bets on how long the marriage will last after he pulls out of the race?

wetwqe

April 25th, 2012
11:24 am

Newt was clearly the best, and smartest candidate. Watch any debate on YouTube. He knows 10x more than Romney. His choice to stay in the race, was a smart choice. Romney could have
gotten killed in a plane crash, or unexpected dirt could have been pulled up on him, changing things quickly. Romney spent a bunch of money with negative ads against Newt.

MrLiberty

April 25th, 2012
11:26 am

Ron Paul just won a majority of delegates in Iowa and Minnesota the other day. He has picked up majorities in many other states along with large numbers in many more. There are still two major primaries in Texas and California in which he will pick up even more. He will be on the ballot at the convention, will be there with a lot of delegates and when Romney doesn’t win on the first ballot or the second, there just might be a flash of sanity and a realization that Romney is truly just like Obama on virtually EVERY issue and the convention may swing Dr. Paul’s way. In several Rasmussen polls (including one last week), Dr. Paul is shown beating Obama by 1% while Romney is generally tied or behind Obama. To nominate Romney is to elect Obama, regardless of who wins the election.

It ain;t over till its over – despite what the media may want you to believe. Keep in mind they have been doing everything they can to promote Romney since this all began. He is THEIR candidate. And the Goldman Sachs candidate too.

Midge

April 25th, 2012
11:31 am

Newt will attach himself to another host before daybreak.

The Moral Majority

April 25th, 2012
11:35 am

Newt and Santorum are the true conservatives. However, Newt your biggest mistake was getting caught with your current wife while married to your first one.
We get votes on our moral stance – against abortion, gay rights, immigration and telling the American people that their wealth has and will diminish under Obama.
We could never use you since you got caught – you are tainted goods. We know we all have moral failings but the trick is not to get caught. How could we get the Christian vote with your tainted background?
Santorum, take notes – keep your skeletons in the closet for another eight years (you will be our next nominee).
Romney – you were not our first choice but you will have to do. We know you’re just about as liberal as Obama –but it’s just a case of picking the lesser of two evils. (I hope you don’t have any skeletons in the closet).

MrLiberty

April 25th, 2012
11:39 am

The lesser of two evils is still evil. Doesn’t america deserve better?

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

April 25th, 2012
11:48 am

Newt Gingrich said… “I am committed to defeating Obama. We will find ways to be helpful but I do think it’s pretty clear that Gov. Romney is ultimately going to be the nominee.”

Members of our organization hope that Gingrich is right. We are committed to defeating Obama too and don’t think it’s pretty clear that Governor Romney is ultimately going to be the nominee. That’s why we are still supporting Texas Congressman Ron Paul in the waning hours in the race for the Republican nominee.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4VJ01HufmAM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B8qRcAwJOCY&feature=related

Amen?

"Man in the mirrior"

April 25th, 2012
11:52 am

NEWT FREAKIN NEWT!!! leader of the Morons…… HA ha ha ha ha !!!!!!!!

The Moral Majority

April 25th, 2012
11:57 am

Our Lord…..Ron Paul will never stand a chance against the Obama machine. Stand with us…to defeat Obama…..

20/20

April 25th, 2012
12:06 pm

Refffuuugggeee from Dikkkkksie:
Goodness, Refugee! Did you not admit to being Mitt’s gay lover at one time? And now you make fun of yourself?

The Moral Majority

April 25th, 2012
12:06 pm

MrLiberty..we have to play by the rules or deal with the hand that’s been dealt.

Kenney Rodgers said it best “You have to know when to hold em, fold em, and know when to walk away.” Romney is our only hope against four more years of Obama……….

Look before I leap...

April 25th, 2012
12:12 pm

Mr Galloway.

Tell your bosses the Proconit is a piece of kangaroo dung.
Use it one more time in one of your blogs, I will become permanently absent.

Tag

April 25th, 2012
12:18 pm

About Time !!!!!!!!!!!

gm

April 25th, 2012
12:22 pm

Georgia conservatives picked another loser, should the rep party in Georgia feel stupid? out of 35 states, Georgia, Sc voted for this loser, makes you proud to have these type of people living in your State, wow””’

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

April 25th, 2012
12:25 pm

@11:57-If Mr. Liberty, Ron Paul, is not the GOP nominee and is not running on a third party ticket, Mitt Romney is the obvious choice.

Here is another scenario. If Mitt Romney selects Kentucky Senator Rand Paul as his VP, we will work fervently to get Romney elected President of the United States.

Amen?

Look before I leap...

April 25th, 2012
12:25 pm

@MrLiberty

Math and facts are not really your strong point are they?
Majority in IA and MN?
On the ballot?

Romney will have the nomination locked up even before the delegates book their plane tickets to Tampa. Whether that is a good thing or not, remains to be seen.

Look before I leap...

April 25th, 2012
12:27 pm

“Santorum, take notes – keep your skeletons in the closet…”

And those god-awful sweater vests too.

The Moral Majority

April 25th, 2012
12:31 pm

Our Lord and…..AMEN BROTHER – STAND WITH US………..

vamp

April 25th, 2012
12:33 pm

clean-up on aisle career over…

Look before I leap...

April 25th, 2012
12:34 pm

@The Moral Majority
So you can be a true conservative and screw around, just don’t get caught?

Schodinger's Gato

April 25th, 2012
12:35 pm

Getting observed has no meaning.

Look before I leap...

April 25th, 2012
12:38 pm

Q. Why is Newt waiting until the weekend to officially quit the race?
A. So he has time to make arrangements for hookers for his Secret Service detail.

Orlando

April 25th, 2012
12:39 pm

You Pubs are toast….. Now you know how we felt on 04, when we had to support Kerry…. Mittens will get wiped up by OBAMA 12.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

April 25th, 2012
12:40 pm

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

April 25th, 2012
12:45 pm

@1231- Amen.

I felt a need to qualify my last post.

Amen?

MrLiberty

April 25th, 2012
1:01 pm

Well, there is a good possiblity that Jim is going to never publish my response with links to YouTube videos embedded, so here are 3 search titles for YouTube that will confirm exactly what I have been saying. The fact that all of you are actually believing the MSM and their lies about this election is exactly how we all got this far down the road with Romney in the lead.

Search for:

FOX News admits that Ron Paul could win Iowa

“I Think Ron Paul Just Won Iowa!” Rachel Maddow April 23, 2012

FOX News Admits Ron Paul Is Headed To Tampa Convention!

Sorry this upsets your world view, but there really will be another choice besides just dealing with the lot we were dealt. Those of us who have rallied behind Dr, Paul and have supported Libertarian Party candidates in the past have always believed that there was something far better than the chronc failure of the two/one party system that supposedly offers us choices.

The Moral Majority

April 25th, 2012
1:09 pm

@Look before I Leap…of course.. Look man none of us are Jesus. The bible states that even if you think about it you’ve already done it. None of us are without sin.. This thing is about Marketing and getting votes..we can get the Christian vote by standing against issues that they view as immoral —Newt got caught – bottom line..now we have to move on to a “new” and CLEAN candidate to beat Obama…it’s about Marketing…and getting votes….

Look before I leap...

April 25th, 2012
1:23 pm

@Mr Liberty

Ron Paul is entitled to attend the convention in Tampa by virtue of his being a GOP elected representative of the US House of Representatives. But his will be a spectator role only unless he has gained a plurality of votes in at least 5 states. Even if the vote assessment favors Mr Paul in IA, that leaves 4 states more to go.

Care to predict which states remaining on the primary calendar will be?

Look before I leap...

April 25th, 2012
1:27 pm

@ TMM

OK
Personally I’d prefer a conservative choice that isn’t a hypocrite, serial-cheater or liar.
But maybe that’s just me.

slither back from which you came DOSS

April 25th, 2012
1:28 pm

DOSS! What in the world are we contemplating letting him crawl out from under the rock again for. Is Cagle out of his mind, he thinks he has trouble now in the Senate wait till Doss puts one on him. We thought we would never get rid of him at gdot now this, he must be the only one running. Rome would do better not to have a Senator than have Doss. Will he move his harem over from gdot or pick up some new ones in the senate? He blew about 100 million dollars of money we need here at gdot trying to put together a public/private partnership together for all his buddies and we have nothing to show for it.

honested

April 25th, 2012
1:36 pm

Look….

I would still count on Tampa being a laugh fest because this many nuts couldn’t waste this much money and not want some sort of ‘last word’.

Obama 2012!