Is Newt Gingrich too fluffy to go the distance....?
He's had years to get a personal trainer and a solid campaign team.
(headline) Gears Grind as Gingrich Shifts to Nevada
By TRIP GABRIEL New York Times
Published: February 2, 2012
LAS VEGAS — As Newt Gingrich seeks to remain a factor, not an also-ran, in the Republican presidential race, it sometimes seems as if the campaign vehicle meant to smoothly transport him to the nomination is more like the Joad family jalopy.
Newt Gingrich, who spoke on Thursday in Las Vegas, has hit some rough patches since Florida.
A miscommunication between state and national staff members caused Mr. Gingrich to miss a meeting on Wednesday with Brian Sandoval, the popular Republican governor of Nevada, which infuriated the local staff who had set it up.
On Wednesday evening, as the news media, including The New York Times, published a report that Donald Trump would endorse Mr. Gingrich, citing sources in or close to the campaign — a report that later proved false — Mr. Gingrich’s spokesman ignored requests to confirm or deny the account. And on Thursday, a forum with Hispanic leaders scheduled for 10 a.m. was suddenly pushed back 30 minutes, frustrating the local Gingrich supporter who had arranged it.
Political campaigns are rarely precision machines. Glitches and lateness are to be expected. But the Gingrich team seems to be suffering from an unusual level of disarray as it has moved camp from Florida, after a shellacking in the primary, to Nevada, where it hopes to close a wide gap with Mitt Romney in a recent state poll and vie for a share of the delegates in the caucuses Saturday.
Mr. Gingrich has just two paid staff members in Nevada, who have been joined by a contingent from his national staff.
The Nevada team is under no illusion that Mr. Gingrich can beat Mr. Romney, who has been building an infrastructure here since 2008, when he carried 51 percent of the vote. Representative Ron Paul of Texas also has a well-organized campaign here. Because delegates to the national convention are awarded proportionally, not winner-take-all, Mr. Gingrich hopes to do as well as possible.
“This is Romney country,” said Sue Lowden, a former chairwoman of the Nevada Republican Party and an adviser to Mr. Gingrich. “The fact that Newt with just grass-roots support, with no organized support — the fact he’s polling second is miraculous.”
She added, “Coming in second would be a major win.”
To encourage voter turnout, campaign volunteers are calling about 10,000 people identified as Gingrich supporters in response to automated calls. But the volunteers had to vacate a conference room in the Element hotel here on Thursday because it was booked by another group. They moved upstairs to a guest room.
Mr. Gingrich has a light schedule of about one public event a day, far different from the barnstorming in previous states, which some aides thought wore him down. Dan Burdish, his Nevada coordinator, had planned a day of campaigning in rural areas and on a state political news show as well as the meeting on Wednesday with the governor. All were scratched by the national campaign.
“They had warned me that he was tired and we would not get what we wanted,” Mr. Burdish said. “I understand that. When you push these guys to a frazzle, it’s tough.”
But the canceled meeting with Mr. Sandoval, which Mr. Gingrich’s state team said was the result of a mix-up by his national staff, was a sorely missed opportunity. Mr. Sandoval endorsed Gov. Rick Perry of Texas before Mr. Perry dropped out, throwing his support to Mr. Gingrich. The state team was hoping for a Sandoval endorsement.
“Those of us on the ground here in Nevada were very disappointed,” a member of the local campaign said. “We all wanted that Sandoval interview to happen.”
The erroneous report that Mr. Trump would endorse Mr. Gingrich, which The Associated Press and Politico also published online on Wednesday night, was based on unnamed sources close to or inside the Gingrich campaign. Mr. Gingrich’s spokesman, R. C. Hammond, did not reply to a request for comment from The Times then. On Thursday morning, when news outlets reported that Mr. Trump would give his nod to Mr. Romney, which later proved true, Mr. Hammond told reporters that he had taken the previous day off.
“The only person who knows what’s going on is Donald Trump,” Mr. Hammond said repeatedly.
“I’m done talking to you guys,” he said. “I can only say the same thing 16 times. "
What's your take?
- Ralph BLv 79 years agoFavorite Answer
Perhaps too fluffy. But to the point, he has neither the money nor the organization (never qualified for the ballot in Virginia) to compete.
Coming in second is like kissing your sister! Close is valuable only in horse shoes and this is no game!
- stanierLv 44 years ago
properly, certain, he can end the interest of destroying u.s. -- to ascertain that we haven't any middle classification, in reality thousands of thousands of thousands human beings starving to demise contained in the streets, even as 0.a million% personal each and every thing. His settlement ON u.s. handed -- because democratic electorate stayed domicile. That became basically between the sequence of Republican strikes that has presented about the present economic disaster, and the lengthy-status disappearance of a comfortable middle classification (now to not teach environmental destruction). The questions isn't even if, with a compliant Congress, Newt can get his schedule by using, the question is why would every person vote for an schedule that impoverishes ninety 9.9% of the inhabitants, and leaves us no longer something positioned poisonous water to drink, and deadly sludge to respire?
- FormerBoyLv 59 years ago
More like pounded into powder. Mitt has unlimited money and has learned the lesson that negativity is the only thing to spend it on. The Mormon poster boy can count on his church to spend whatever it takes to win. All Mormons must pay 10% of everything they get so there are billions in the coffers. President Mitt legitimizes this nasty cult and reaps more members so the return on investing in him will be huge. Gingrich has no idea how far beyond dead his campaign is.
- JayLv 79 years ago
I do know that from a distance, he looks fluffy.