Newt’s Staff Disappears Itself

“Newt Gingrich’s top campaign aides resigned en masse today, POLITICO has learned. Campaign manager Rob Johnson, strategists Sam Dawson and Dave Carney, spokesman Rick Tyler, and consultants Katon Dawson in South Carolina and Craig Schoenfeld in Iowa have all quit to protest what two officials called their ‘different vision’ for the campaign.” [via SFL]


Yeah, the vision where Newt actually makes it to the big times, to shower his lackeys with power and wealth, vs. the vision where Newt gets a bunch of something for nothing, and fuck everybody else.

@IanJ: Beat me to it: “Their different vision includes winning.”

Politico’s reporting that Newt’s vacation cruise was the last straw. Weigel reports that the Iowa staff is gone, too, and finds a fresh Newt Facebook post: “The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles.”

Tiffany’s has not commented.

Newtie tootie. Here’s my question: is Sarah the Stupid going to run, or is she just in it for the attention? I say the latter.

@Dodgerblue: She hasn’t been running since the Iquitarod. But she has to maintain the appearance of maybe running to keep the cash flowing.

And if she’s really using the bus trip to test whether she could be nominated by acclamation, Ed Rollins just showed that her rivals aren’t interested in humbly handing her the prize.

@nojo: You’ve gotta hand it to Ed for being consistently shameless and ruthless, on behalf of whoever pays him.

@Dodgerblue: Rollins did her rivals the service of showing how fragile Palin’s bubble is. As long as she’s not actually running, she can maintain the illusion that she’s Undefeatable, since the premise is never put to the test.

But as Trump and Newt have discovered, the moment you start acting serious, the knives come out.

I’ve long thought Palin wouldn’t risk that, since the pretense is the basis of her newfound wealth, and she’ll be Damaged Goods if she runs. I’ve also long thought that Palin is smart enough to know that about her celebrity. Then again, her kind of celebrity has a way of deceiving its subject.

More fun: Two of the quitters “have strong ties to Texas Gov. Rick Perry”, sez Political Wire. Although personally I find Rumored Candidacies fucking annoying. Shit or get off the pot, folks, or I’ll start dredging up Mario Cuomo references.

@nojo: Plus her daughter, the one with the new face, is the subject of a reality show about living with gayboys.

@Benedick HRH KFC: I’m not sure her rivals would Go There, but then again nobody has to mention the superstition Mitt labors underwear under. Such things tend to take care of themselves.

@TJ/ Jamie Sommers /TJ: I sit on the Board of a local nonprofit that works with labor, enviros and the faith-based community to help working people. Recently, a well-known local dark arts firm with strong ties to Rush and others of his ilk sent California Public Records Act requests (like FOIA) to a whole bunch of local electeds, asking for all emails etc between the electeds and our staff. We anticipate a smear campaign like the ones that Planned Parenthood and Acorn faced. It’s a badge of honor that the firm’s clients are afraid of us.

And now Reuters is reporting that Hillary wants to run the World Bank. Set tinfoil hats to stun.


Mr. Gingrich had been on a cruise with his wife, Calista, in the Greek isles, a trip his campaign said had been planned before he announced his candidacy last month. While passengers enjoyed port calls at Rhodes and Mykonos, according to the ship’s itinerary, the Seabourn Odyssey, Mr. Gingrich said he wrote two policy speeches.

“I don’t know how other people work,” Mr. Gingrich said. “To have a major breakthrough in policy, you have to be able to stop and think.”

Several advisers pleaded with Mr. Gingrich not to go on the trip, an aide said, but Mrs. Gingrich wanted to go. “We have a spouse who controls the schedule,” said the aide, speaking on condition of anonymity to discuss the internal workings of the campaign.

Anthony Weiner sends his regards.

@Dodgerblue: Actually, Bubba prefers that the Missus keeps being heavily preoccupied.

Is it just me or has there been too much news recently? Haven’t we had about a month’s worth packed – as it were – into the last five days?

I was listening to an old Fresh Air about Elliot Spitzer at the gym today. There’s some eerie similarities with Weiner.

@Benedick HRH KFC: Hmmm… Let’s see how we swing that…

“We welcome Sarah Palin to the race, and we congratulate her daughter on her progressive television series.”

Something like that. I don’t do dog whistles well.

But she’s not a war criminal!! Yet.

@Benedick HRH KFC: There’s been too much news all fucking year. But I’m happy to see Weinergate finally bumped from the top perch. After yesterday’s erect cock, there’s nowhere to go but, um, down.

“We admire Sarah Palin’s open-minded tolerance of the company her daughter keeps.”

@Jesuswalksinidaho: Less likely Bristol will get knocked up by these guys.

NBC: Hillary spox denies. (Well, NBC via Variety, as it were.)

So, who floated it? And why?

@nojo: I don’t understand why Newtie announced when he did if he had this vacation planned. Why not wait till after?

@karen marie has her eyes tight shut: Because he thinks that he is so beloved and special as to be above such considerations?

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@mellbell: Because Mrs. Crazyeyes told him to?

@nojo: Hillbot’s also co-writing and producing Lady Gaga’s follow up to The Fame Monster.

Burn the witch!

@¡Andrew!: I have no idea what you damn fool kids are talking about.

@Tommmcatt Be Fat, And That Be That: I guess that means I can’t mention the new Brit-Brit Spears song that has the most annoying yet awesome hook that has both I and Mr SFL so mesmerized.
@Dodgerblue: Can you send us info in the Sandbox in el Libro de las Caras about said nonprofit so we can toss our spare change to the legal defense fund?

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