At last, Newt Gingrich suspends his presidential campaign. Ron Paul and Mitt Romney are left as the last two Republican party presidential candidates.
Like most of his speeches, Mr Gingrich’s farewell was a lengthy, rambling monologue in which he discussed his favorite topic, American history, and the “big issues” that have defined his candidacy including space exploration and neurological research.
There will be a stage-managed endorsement of Mitt Romney down the line but that’s unlikely to concern anyone.
The highlight of today’s Gingrich-fest has been the delightful Shepard Smith on Fox News.
Here Smith is reacting to Mitt Romney’s statement regarding Newt Gingrich on the occasion of Gingrich ending his presidential run.
The meeting will take place in Santorum’s hometown at an undisclosed location Friday morning; sources close to the campaign confirm they expect a number of topics to be discussed, including Santorum’s possible endorsement of Romney.
Oh an “undisclosed location,” how exciting. Probably Mitt Romney volcanic fortress-lair in Mt Doom.
Reaction to Newt Gingrich’s speech seems pretty universal: a spectacular display of narcissism.
Gingrich spokesman RC “Arsy” Hammond says that Newt will be making another announcement, to endorse Romney, as if anyone cares. If Newt milks this any more he can sell it in pint bottles.
And an email arrives from the Romney campaign, quoting Mitt Romney:
I am confident that [Newt Gingrich] will continue to make important contributions to our party and to the life of the nation.
And I am confident he won’t. Unless windbaggery becomes an Olympic sport.
Wow. Well I’m exhausted,” says Shephard Smith on Fox News, as Newt Gingrich closes. “But I’m guessing both of you are also exhausted – the two of you who stayed with us.”
And there we have it. Gingrich ups and leaves, no questions.
“I don’t know anyone on his side of the political aisle who can stand him any more,” says Shep, followed by reporter Carl Cameron who describes Gingrich’s speech as “a long rant”.
“That was one of the worst farewells I’ve ever seen,” says Ed Rollins, the veteran Republican consultant, who has seen a few, most of them his own.
Newt Gingrich actually just said this: “I know what the future holds for [his grandchildren] Robert and Maggie, because I’ve written three novels about George Washington.”
Finally we get around to the business at hand: Newt Gingrich says we should vote for Mitt Romney because he’s better than that radical leftist Barack Obama. Faint praise!
Even fainter praise: “This is not a choice between Ronald Reagan and Mitt Romney,” warns Newt. And indeed, it’s not between Mitt Romney and Newt Gingrich – because we know who won that one.
Oh god, now he sketches out a future for his grandchildren that includes holograms doing housework. I am not making this up.
Newt Gingrich is going to campaign on the following: Radical Islam. Brain research and regeneration. Cyberwarfare. The threat and the rise of China. The moon colony. Asteroid mining. The romantic American future. Lifetime learning. Replacing the US civil service.
OK, after all those things, Newt says the “really big problem” is reforming Congress. Will he do that before or after establishing the moon colony?
Newt Gingrich comes not to bury his campaign but to praise himself. Now he’s reading out a fan email someone sent him.
Newt’s disappearance from the president race means we’ve all forgotten what a tedious bore he can be.
Oh joy, Newt promises to visit college campuses to talk about individual retirement accounts. I bet students can’t wait.
“I am suspending the campaign,” says Newt Gingrich, finally. “But suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship.”
Newt then runs through his years of public service, which mainly involves running for office or helping other people running for election, and what a brilliant career he has had. Sample quote: “In 1996, which was a very difficult election, we were the first Republican house to be re-elected since 1928.” Yawn.
And Newt repeats the lie that the federal budget was balanced during the four years he was Speaker of the House.
Now he’s just reading out his CV, making this one long job application.
Finally, here we go. Newt Gingrich is running through the thank you’s of his family members.
“I want to single out the 170,000 donors who contributed at Newt.org,” says Newt, recalling those that gave so that Newt could dive.
One wonders if Newt’s speech would have been any different if he had actually won the nomination. Oh, now a tedious digression on New Hampshire’s budgeting process.
First mention: that he won Georgia by 150 counties to three. And thanks to Rick Perry and Herman Cain, yadda yadda.
Still no Newt Gingrich, whom Fox News’s Shepard Smith relishes describing as “a former Fox News contributor”.
“The list of things he said about Mitt Romney is longer than my arm,” Shep concludes, as Gingrich finally enters to a smattering of applause.
Naturally, Newt Gingrich is late to his own political funeral. Actually he’s just preparing his space suit and the jet pack.
Meanwhile on MSNBC, someone calls Newt Gingrich a “delusional narcissist”. That’s more like it.
Waiting to go live to the Arlington Hilton, the least sexy hotel in the least sexy suburb of America.
Fox News, meanwhile, is still on the Junior Seau story. CNN are skipping both and banging on about some guy in China. Typical.
“Newt Gingrich will call it quits and endorse Mitt Romney?” asks Shepard Smith on Fox News with three of his four eyebrows raised. “That’s what it says here,” Shep grimaces.
Shepard Smith is a gem of American television.
But wait: Junior Seau, a retired NFL linebacker, has committed suicide, and that may step on the Gingrich story.
Fox News is obviously in denial. For some reason, rather than providing wall to wall coverage of Newt Gingrich’s earth-shattering event in half an hour or so, they are discussing a lottery winner’s legal wrangles.
Robert Costa from NRO visits the Newt Gingrich campaign HQ to savour the atmosphere:Losers make the best stories, as they say, and
Money became increasingly tight. The headquarters here in Arlington, which once held four staffers in each cramped office, was now nearly bare, save for a few finance folks and the remaining senior team. Even with the light operation, the debt continued to climb, inching past $4 million. Gingrich was adamant that he would eventually pay it off, via fundraisers and appeals.
Vanity Fair piece on Barack Obama’s ex-girlfriends (the non-composite ones).Everyone is very excited about the
According to the BuzzFeed Politics clip job version – 16 Revelations About Young Barack Obama From His Ex-Girlfriends – the young Obama wore Brut deodorant.
Newt Gingrich: in memoriam. My colleague Tom McCarthy reminds us of this clip of Newt speaking to Fox News’s Sean Hannity only last month.
What a shame he never got that tattoo. Or perhaps he’s going to Tampa for a winter mini-break.
While waiting for President Gingrich to announce his silver medal in the Republican presidential race, Mitt Romney went to Virginia this morning to campaign.
Romney repeated his current stump speech and local newspaper the Washington Post was there to report:
People ask me, what would you do to get the economy going? I say, well, look at what the president’s done, and do the opposite.
So, raise taxes then?
Senior advisers to Mitt Romney have bitterly criticised David Cameron’s recent White House “love-in” with Barack Obama before Romney’s first visit to London for the opening of the Olympic Games.
Referring to Cameron’s highly flattering toast to Obama during a banquet given in the prime minister’s honour when he visited Washington in March, a senior aide said: “You don’t take sides in an election year”.
The aide, who requested anonymity, said Romney and his wife, Ann, would attend the “first day of activities” of the 2012 Games, which open in July. Romney would do “one or two other things” while in London. A meeting with Cameron was not ruled out, but that was “up in the air”, the aide said.
Was Barack Obama‘s “New York girlfriend” – who appeared in his Dreams From My Father autobiography – sort of like a “Canadian girlfriend,” in that she didn’t exist?
Dylan Byers in Politico reports:
Obama has now told biographer David Maraniss that the ‘New York girlfriend’ was actually a composite character, based off of multiple girlfriends he had both in New York City and in Chicago.
Update: Call off the mob with pitchforks:
So that’s all right then.
social conservatives have been blamed for the resignation of Richard Grenell:RedState’s Erick Erickson is not a happy man at the way
It would not be the first time Jennifer Rubin, the Washington Post’s supposed scribe of the conservative movement, has taken liberty to smear social conservatives she loathes. It seems this time she’s being a willing mouth piece for Richard Grenell, the jerk Mitt Romney hired as a foreign policy spokesman.
And let’s put heavy emphasis on the jerk part as Rubin does not even bother mentioning it and she blows hot air into her little sad trombone.
And there’s more:
Richard Grenell is a pompous jerk who deleted more than 700 tweets to take a job. The Romney camp probably should have exercised better judgment up front. The fact that Grenell and Rubin want to use this opportunity to bash social conservatives and push the narrative that the candidate they support is being held hostage by social conservatives says more about them than social conservatives.
Today’s campaign-ending epoch by Newt Gingrich may be little more than an attempt to squeeze one last donation out of his three remaining supporters.
Gingrich’s presidential campaign is more than $4m in debt – much of it owed to those small American businesses that Newt admires so much:
In Phoenix, a company called Pro-Production Services is owed $32,506 for providing stages, lighting and sound equipment for a series of campaign appearances by Gingrich in Nevada last January.
“We floated quite a bit of money – a lot of out-of-pocket costs that we covered,” said Ryan Driscoll, a project manager for the company. “I am a little worried. Nobody wants to lose 32 grand.”
Vic Buttermore, owner of Signs Unlimited in Ocala, Florida, says he’s “keeping my fingers crossed” the Gingrich campaign will pony up the $15,000 it still owes for an order of 25,000 “Newt 2012″ lawn signs
“Am I nervous? Oh yeah, by all means,” he said. “They keep telling us, ‘We’ve got you covered, you will be paid.’ But I have my doubts. I really do. That’s a lot of money for a small company.
The bad news is that they may be waiting for some time: Rudy Giuliani still owes $1.5m from his 2008 run for the Republican nomination, while Hillary Clinton’s campaign still owes $245,000.
the excellent Sunlight Foundation has been cutting together all the negative attack ads aimed at Mitt Romney made by the Gingrich-supporting super pac Winning Our Future.Warming up for Newt Gingrich‘s long-anticipated exit from the Republican presidential primary,
Also, it’s kind of funny seeing them all pasted together.
According to Sunlight, the clip “underscores how the intense negativity of this year’s primary campaign, fuelled largely by the big-spending third party groups that have arisen in the wake of the Supreme Court’s Citizens United ruling, has complicated the traditional efforts to mend fences at the end of a nomination fight”.
this article that claims Ann Romney wore a designer silk t-shirt costing a shade under $1000 during her interview on CBS yesterday:One of our many fine readers below leaves a a note and a link to
Naturally, we had to get the scoop on the price. According to a saleswoman at Krakoff’s Madison Avenue store, the silk tee costs $990.
That is one seriously overpriced top! Let’s just hope she wears it more than once (like, say, 990 times), so the cost-per-wear is a bit more reasonable. On second thought, did she buy it or was it a gift?
Call me old-fashioned but I’m not convinced that candidates partners deserve this level of scrutiny, since they aren’t the ones running (and yes, I’m aware that Ann Romney actively campaigns for her husband but she doesn’t get the nuclear codes). Her political views, maybe, but clothes? This isn’t a one-way street either: Michelle Obama wears designer dresses from time to time. Do we really want to go there? The end result is Fox News complaining about the cost of the president’s holidays in Hawaii and invoking a ludicrous comparison to George Bush’s holiday ranch scrub-clearing in Texas.
The theories over the sudden resignation of foreign policy aide Richard Grenell from the Romney campaign continue to slosh around but without a definitive answer emerging.
Politico’s take, mentioned below, has the killer quote “Basically, Ric got Etch-A-Sketched.” But there’s a more provocative discussion by the Washington Examiner’s Byron York, who says something called “gay politics” may be to blame:
Grenell is a self-described “activist” for gay marriage. In March, he sharply criticized Jonathan Capehart, an opinion writer for the Washington Post who is gay, for attending a state dinner at the Obama White House but not using the opportunity to confront President Obama over Obama’s opposition to gay marriage. Writing in the Washington Blade, a gay newspaper, Grenell accused Capehart of selling out to Democratic leaders like Obama who don’t support gay marriage, while bashing Republicans, even those who have more liberal positions on gay rights.
If Grenell could be so critical of Capehart, who does not work for the administration, for failing to hold Obama’s opposition to gay marriage against him, then why did Grenell accept a position with Romney, who has expressed his own opposition to gay marriage in far stronger terms than Obama?
Good morning, this is Richard Adams in Washington DC, taking over blogging duties from Tom McCarthy.
Barack Obama’s first serious girlfriend(s): the whole story is in Vanity Fair, which excerpts a new Obama biography by David Maraniss. The author interviewed two women who dated Obama during his New York years in his early 20s. One of the women kept letters from Obama and all of her journal entries from the period.
Read the story here:
We sat and talked and ate and drank wine. Or at least I drank wine. I think he drank something stronger. It was one of those dark, old Italian restaurants that don’t exist in New York anymore. It was the kind of place where they leave you alone. I remember thinking how happy I felt just talking to him, that I could talk to him for hours. We walked slowly back to my apartment, on 90th, and said good-bye. After that we started spending much more time together.
have a must-read on the resignation of Romney foreign policy spokesman Richard Grenell just two weeks after he was hired.Maggie Haberman and Alex Burns
A veteran Republican operative who also happens to be openly gay, Grenell was sidelined during the recent Romney spat with the Obama campaign over the commemoration of the death of Osama bin Laden.
Why was Grenell sidelined? Social conservatives had made an issue of Grenell’s being gay. A tempest also arose over sharp-tongued tweets from Grenell’s account targeting Callista Gingrich, Rachel Maddow and others. The tweets were deleted after he joined the Romney camp.
During both flaps, Romney did not publicly defend or rebuke his new aide. And the silence was an instance in which Romney’s notorious caution — an attribute that helped him at various points in the primary race — ultimately came back to bite his campaign.
Let’s look at the new video spot from the Obama campaign, “Newt Gingrich: Frankly, not Mitt Romney’s biggest supporter.” It’s a highlight reel of Gingrich digs from the primaries.
Will the ad hurt Romney? The tactic didn’t work in 2008, when the Republican National Committe used footage of Hillary Clinton disparaging Barack Obama’s experience to attack Obama:
Gingrich, it turns out, has been a tad more forthcoming – and blunt – on the shortcomings of his “Massachusetts liberal” opponent. In the ad Gingrich calls Romney dishonest, predatory in his business practices, shady in his personal finances, negative and uninspiring as a leader, anti-immigrant and – oh yeah – a liar.
RNC chair Reince Priebus has argued that a difficult primary campaign ultimately helps the nominee. What do you think? Is the ad effective?
Good morning and welcome to the day in politics. It’s Tom McCarthy with what’s in store today.
• President Obama has sought to define his leadership in the war in Afghanistan with an address from Bagram air force base outside Kabul. The address, which was carried by the US networks in primetime on Tuesday night, came at the end of a secret, six-hour presidential trip to the country, which in turn fell on the anniversary of the killing of Osama bin Laden. The president’s critics cried foul, accusing him of politicizing national security.
• According to newly decoded fragments of the ancient Mayan calendar, Newt Gingrich will suspend his campaign for the presidency today. What happened to “All the way to Tampa”? Gingrich will hold a 3pm ET event to make the announcement; we’ll be riveted.
• The Obama campaign has released a new video seeking to capitalize on all the terrible things Newt Gingrich said about Mitt Romney during the primary campaign. Gingrich is expected to throw his support behind Romney today. The Obama video is entitled “Newt Gingrich: Frankly, not Mitt Romney’s biggest supporter.”
• The importance of Michael Bloomberg: A Michael Barbaro piece in the New York Times this morning describes the various demonstrations of ardor that Obama and Romney have made recently in hopes of gaining a Bloomberg endorsement. Pro-business and nonpartisan: That’s how America sees New York’s mayor, and that’s how the candidates would like to come off.
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