More bad news for Newt Gingrich.
One almost feels bad for Newt Gingrich and his presidential campaign.
The former House Speaker seemed like a potential front runner when he got into the race last month. A series of gaffes and scandals, however, quickly knocked him down a few pegs.
Of course there was Gingrich’s disastrous appearance on ‘Meet the Press,’ where he called Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget plan “right-wing social engineering,” an ideological blasphemy that invited a tide of Republican criticism—one voter called Gingrich an “embarrassment” to the GOP. And then there were hundreds of thousands of dollars of past bills from Tiffany and Co., his ill-advised European cruise, the gay glitter bomb and the fact that his campaign’s entire inner circle departed en masse, perhaps to help potential candidate Rick Perry.
Now there are reports that two senior members of Gingrich’s finance team have left him, too, due in large part to Gingrich’s lackluster fundraising.
Where the staff will land is anyone’s guess, but this set-back could be the end of Gingrich. But it could also be his resurrection moment. Candidates have risen from the ashes in the past—George W. Bush regained momentum after losing the New Hampshire primary in 2000—and if Gingrich stays in the race, as he promised, he may very well be able to save his sinking ship. (His staff insists, however, that there are still fundraisers working for the campaign and “Newt spends the majority of his awake time on the phone with potential donors.”)
To truly survive and thrive, though, Gingrich would first need to reassemble his team, and then shake off all the bad press that follows him around like a black cat. He’ll also have to convince Evangelicals he still has their back after converting to Catholicism. And then there are all of those extramarital affairs to explain…
Oh, hell, maybe Gingrich should just call it quits and go back to raking in the dough through his conservative production company. What a tragedy.