If Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign was ever anything more than a deluded ego trip on the road to oblivion,* it isn’t anything more than that now:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich plans to tell supporters in an email this morning that he will overcome the upheaval in his campaign and “carry the message of American renewal to every part of this great land, whatever it takes.”
A day after losing nearly all of his top staff in a wave of resignations, Gingrich will make it clear that he has no intention of backing away from the 2012 race. Instead, he says he’ll run a citizen-driven campaign focused strongly on the economy.
Running a “citizen-driven campaign” requires a whole bunch of citizens who desperately want to make you president. And a “focused” campaign requires focus. It’s as though Newt sat down last night, bottle in hand, picked out his two most glaring weaknesses, and decided to make those the foundation of his campaign.
In over 30 years of watching politics, I’ve never seen anything quite like it.