Newtie will drop out next Tuesday or, as I look at it, after about another $300,000 in Secret Service bills to us taxpayers.
Newtie may not be accumulating delegates for the Tampa campaign, but he sure is accumulating debt. His latest campaign filing to the Federal Election Commission shows debt of about $3 million.
I would also say he owes a moral debt to us taxpayers for costing us tens of thousands of dollars a day for Secret Service protection for a sham, failed campaign. This is supposedly someone who cares passionately about wasted government spending.
I guess this is Newt’s new “Contract with America” — we’re stuck in a contract to pay for this delusional pompous ass to pretend to run for a nomination that Mitt already has.
Conservative web site The Daily Caller is reporting that Newt’s Secret Service protection is costing taxing tens of thousands of dollars a day. Back in 2008, Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan told a House subcommittee that candidate protection cost about $38,000 a day per candidate.
If we’re so outraged about the GSA Las Vegas junket, as we should be, why aren’t we outraged about this?
From “Newt rents donor list to raise cash,” Kenneth P. Vogel and Ginger Gibson, Politico:
“Desperate times in the Newt Gingrich camp have called for desperate measures.
“Scrambling to dig himself out of a $4.5 million hole, the former House speaker has resorted to renting his presidential campaign’s most valuable asset – its donor list – for as much as $26,000-a-pop.
“It’s a risky move for an active presidential campaign to give outsiders access to his best supporters and possibly donors who could be easily turned off — just as he says he’s trying to mount a comeback. Diminishing his best asset looks more like a sign of surrender, rather than a genuine effort to challenge Mitt Romney for the GOP nomination.
“Campaign insiders attribute the problems partly to Gingrich and his wife Callista, asserting that the couple was unwilling to downgrade from private jets and security details even as the campaign floundered. Insiders say Callista Gingrich required an entourage of at least two staffers – including one who dressed in an elephant costume to promote her children’s book — and a contracted security guard who followed her even on non-campaign trips.” Emphasis added.
Hey, Newtie donors, don’t you love having your money go to a guy dressed as an elephant to sell more of Callista’s pathetic books and to her own Secret Service so she can pretend she’s First Lady?
The Gingrich Grifters have just been using your money to go on a glorified book/DVD sales tour.
I predict they’ll be off on another Greek cruise long before that $4.5 million is paid back.
Although busy hunting down Gawker’s “Fox News Mole,” Fox fought on another front today, responding to Newtie’s criticism that the network didn’t treat him fairly because they were for Mitt:
“This is nothing other than Newt auditioning for a windfall of a gig at CNN–that’s the kind of man he is. Not to mention, he’s still bitter about the fact that we terminated his contributor contract.”
From “Gingrich Unloads on Fox News in Private Meeting,” Scott Conroy, Real Clear Politics:
“During a meeting with 18 Delaware Tea Party leaders here on Wednesday, Newt Gingrich lambasted Fox News Channel, accusing the cable network of having been in the tank for Mitt Romney from the beginning of the Republican presidential fight. An employee himself of the news outlet as recently as last year, he also cited former colleagues for attacking him out of what he characterized as personal jealousy.
“‘I think Fox has been for Romney all the way through,’ Gingrich said…. ‘In our experience, Callista and I both believe CNN is less biased than Fox this year. We are more likely to get neutral coverage out of CNN than we are of Fox, and we’re more likely to get distortion out of Fox. That’s just a fact.’
“Gingrich did not pull his punches in accusing Rupert Murdoch…of pushing for Romney behind the scenes.
“‘I assume it’s because Murdoch as some point said, ‘I want Romney,’ and so ‘fair and balanced’ became ‘Romney.’ … ‘And there’s no question that Fox had a lot to do with stopping my campaign because such a high percentage of our base watches Fox.’
“He saved his strongest condemnation for syndicated columnist and ABC television commentator George Will….
“Gingrich said that Will was among the conservative media figures who harbored ‘personal jealousy’ against him.”
So we know Newtie won’t be working at Fox again. If Newt wants to assign blame, he needs to stop looking at the TV and look in the mirror.
I watched Rick Santorum’s speech dropping out of the race. It runs about 14 minutes. He didn’t mention Mitt once, let alone endorse him.
I know the endorsement will come, but it seemed strange for him to conclude without saying that he was backing Mitt and urging his supporters to do the same.
Gawker announces its newest hire — The Fox Mole, “a long-standing, current employee of Fox News.”
From his (or her) first column:
“The video above is of Mitt Romney and Sean Hannity bantering before the taping of an interview for the “Hannity Vegas Forum” in February. Of note: Romney professes his and his wife Ann’s well-known love of horseriding, praising the qualities of the ‘Austrian Warmbloods’ that his wife rides — they are ‘dressage‘ horses, he notes — while maintaining his own preference for the ‘smoother gait’ of his own ‘Missouri foxtrotter.’
“Now there’s nothing wrong with Mitt and his wife loving horseback riding. But remember this video next time Romney attacks Obama for golfing. The inherent elitism and snootiness of golf is NOTHING compared to competitive horseback riding. And I think Mitt loses points with the GOP base for his correct pronunciation of dressage. To GOP-voter ears, it sounds not only gay, but even worse, French.” Emphasis added.
Politico‘s Dylan Byers weighs in on The Fox Mole — “Should be fun, until they find out who it is.”
If you watched The Borgias on Sunday and saw the king’s torture chambers in Naples, I expect Fox News has something similar in their basement. The Fox Mole is either very brave or very stupid or both. I think it’s fair to say he will “never work in this town again” once Roger Ailes identifies his sorry ass.
I wish I could hear the back-and-forth between Mitt’s campaign and Fox about this leak. The video also shows Mitt declining a pink tie in a fake gay voice.
All this story lacks is a loofah.
If you still had a show, Keith Olbermann, you could and would air this video tonight.
Newtie has released a statement vowing to stay in the race till Tampa and asking Santorum’s supporters to join him.
Newt has no money and is not about to sell off Callista’s Tiffany baubles to keep going. He’ll just continue Wizard-of-Oz style as a giant talking head rather than as a functioning campaign.
Mitt has the nomination he’s been fighting for since early in his single term as Massachusetts governor. The only remaining question is whether that nomination is worth anything.
Rick Santorum announced that he has “suspended” his campaign. That’s just a technicality so he can continue raising money to pay off his debts.
As White Sox announcer Ken Harrelson would say, “He gone!”
Mittens has the nomination, the GOP has a big millstone around its neck.