Flavor of the Month

"My middle name isn't Hubris, it's Leroy"

I despise Newton Gingrinch, but I despise this kind of crap too:

Gingrich’s grim ground game

For all the talk about Newt Gingrich and his grand, big ideas — most of which are neither big nor grand — a vision doesn’t get voters to the polls; a campaign ground game does.

There’s a reasonable debate underway in many circles as to whether Gingrich’s recent rise is meaningful, a mirage, or a miracle — or perhaps some combination therein — and for what it’s worth, count me among the skeptics who still find it very hard to believe the disgraced former House Speaker is the likely nominee. But one of the factors driving my doubts is the fact that Gingrich’s entire campaign lacks basic, necessary components.

In an embarrassing display of organizational weakness, for example, Gingrich recently failed to qualify for the ballot in Missouri’s primary. The campaign structure, such as it is, simply didn’t follow through. Similarly, the Gingrich team was supposed to provide New Hampshire officials with a list of 40 committee volunteers who would represent the campaign as Republican National Convention delegates — but Gingrich’s staff couldn’t track down 40 willing supporters. Instead, they submitted a hand-scrawled, typo-ridden list of 27 people.


And there’s Iowa, where Gingrich is considered a very strong contender, despite the fact that he opened his very first campaign office in the state this week, just five weeks before the Iowa caucuses.

What’s going on? Politico reports that Gingrich has a “skeletal campaign operation,” which resembles a “mom-and-pop political operation.”


And if Gingrich somehow manages to do well despite the bare-bones operations in the early nominating states, how will the campaign manage once the race becomes a national contest against the well-organized Romney team? Neither Gingrich nor his aides have the foggiest idea.

Independent of whether Gingrich self-destructs and destroys his own chances, if his campaign falters down the stretch, this is likely to be a key reason why.

If Steve Benen wants to spend his career as a party hack, he’s on the right track. If he wants to be a journalist instead of a journolista, he needs to be more professional.

It is not the media’s job to be gatekeepers of our elections. It isn’t up to them who gets to be a candidate. First it was Palin, then Bachmann, Perry, Cain and now Gingrich. As each one rose in the polls the journolistas swarmed to drag them down, leaving Obama’s preferred opponent (Romney) alone.

I find it ironic that the same people who praised Obama for his use of the internet and who decry the role of money in politics are criticizing someone who is campaigning on a shoestring and doing it effectively.

What Newt has done in this campaign is similar to what I envisioned Sarah Palin doing – using debates and free media to move into the front of the pack. It should be a blueprint for candidates we like and support.

There is a ton of stuff to use against Gingrinch. This isn’t it.

BTW – I saw something recently where someone referred to Gingrinch as the latest “Flavor of the Month,” and someone retorted that this is the month you want to be Flavor of the Month.

It doesn’t matter who was leading the pack back in June. It’s a turtle race.

I bet those Newt staffers that bailed on him to work for Rick Perry are feeling pretty stupid right now.

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26 Responses to Flavor of the Month

  1. 1539days says:

    Instead, they submitted a hand-scrawled, typo-ridden list of 27 people.

    A hand written note with typos. That’s some good journolisting right there.

    • myiq2xu says:

      NH delegates are divided by percentage of the vote. Unless he sweeps the state with 100% of the vote, Newt doesn’t need 40 delegates.

  2. myiq2xu says:

    I’ve been rooting for the Raiders since I was 8 years old. Being a Raiders fan is the only good thing I ever got from my stepfather.

    I have never rooted for another team to beat the Raiders. Even during the shitty years (and there have been several) I still wanted them to win.

    But when they were facing Elway in his prime, I didn’t try to convince myself that Elway was a lousy QB

    • Nicely said. We understand helping your candidate win, even if you’re supposed to be an independent journalist, but at least don’t be an idiot and stick your head in the sand. It’s embarrassing.

      • myiq2xu says:

        Here’s my thumbnail assessment of Newt:

        He has skills. He has faults. He could win.

        • Yea, that win part is what scares me. And the funny thing is, as evil as I know he is, as I sit her and listen to CNN/MSNBC talk about the latest Newt “Dog Whistle”, that is, all his talk about poor kids being clearly racists, I’m thinking I’ll vote for the bastard. Now that’s quite an accomplishment for the Obama cheerleaders.

        • DeniseVB says:

          And he’s ABO 🙂 Sorry, I was bitch-smacked from 2004-08 by the DNC.

  3. propertius says:

    Be grateful that it’s not (incorrectly) characterized as a news story. I don’t really mind opinion pieces, even malicious ones, as long as their correctly branded as such (unlike many of the “news articles” in the NYT or WaPo).

    • crawdad says:

      Remember when lefty bloggers and journalists called themselves “the reality-based community?”

    • DeniseVB says:

      It’s how I feel about movie reviewers. You can feel the elite-liberal-uppity tension in their disgust. For instance, Tower Heist, which was fun and entertaining. The reviewer was hung up that it was Trump Tower that stood in as The Tower, and ragged on Donald Trump for most of the review.

      Funny thing, I had no idea, nor thought of Donald Trump, for the entire movie. It was cute that the closing credits listed The Tower played by Trump Tower. Clever. Ms.Hoity-toity reviewer didn’t get it 🙂

  4. DeniseVB says:

    I’m still ABO for who’s left standing. 4 more years of Obama is more unthinkable than any alien being in our universe. I’m not fond of this Democratic Party who forced him on us either. How’s that working for our country?

    If nothing else, vote FOR cleaning up the Dems and take our party back. On the upside, if Obama cleans the GOP clock next Nov, Sarah’s a shoe-in for 2016 😉

  5. myiq2xu says:

    Who says there is no such thing as a stupid question:

    TAPPER: I’ve spoken to a lot of Republicans, voters across the country and also Republican operatives and staffers in Washington, DC, who like you, who want to support you, but they have two concerns. The first concern is they worry that even though you are a familiar figure that maybe there are still skeletons in your closet that we don’t know about. And they would come out and that would help elect President Obama should you be the nominee. Are there any skeletons that we don’t know about?

    GINGRICH: Not that I know of. I mean, again, given the nature of the modern world whatever is there I’m sure will come out in the end. But to the best of my knowledge people know an immense amount about me. Probably more than any candidate who is running. I think people have dealt with and thought through whether or not they could support me.

    Q: Any more skeletons in your closet?

    A: Oh yeah, lots of them.

    Q: What are they?

    A: That’s for me to know and you to find out.

  6. DeniseVB says:

    Reminder !

    For those who missed by other naggy comments:

    Noticed the Hot Air Presidential Survey is still active, go vote, one of the choices is Mitt-Newt-Sarah !

  7. yttik says:

    LOL, honestly, my intelligence is insulted by that opinion piece.

    C’mon, this is Newt Gingrich and they want me to be concerned about hand written notes and typos??! Is that the best you can come up with? This article makes Newt sound more human, more grass roots. A “mom and pop” outfit? That’s a bad thing now? If they keep on this track he’s going to be transformed in a working class populist hero.

  8. DeniseVB says:


    So Huffpo decides the Cain marriage was in the tank for a long time because (sources say) Mrs. Cain wasn’t bothered by Mr. Cain being away from the family so much?


    What an insult to military families. My husband was GONE for 3 years out of our first 21 years of marriage when he was on active duty. The Bastard, grrrrrr.

  9. HELENK says:

    romneycare vs obamacare seem to be alot alike


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