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Apr 27 2012

Newt to Drop Out

Well Dispatchers, you won’t have Newt Gingrich to kick around anymore. He’s going to suspend his campaign for the Republican nomination next week, no doubt to give him time to negotiate some sort of deal with Romney in exchange for his endorsement:

Newt Gingrich will officially end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination and formally express his support for Mitt Romney next week, two sources close to Gingrich tell CNN.

While details are still being worked out, Gingrich is likely to hold his final campaign event Tuesday in Washington, DC where he will make the announcement surrounded by his family and supporters…

“When he says he is transitioning, what he means is that he is trying to determine as a citizen how he will pro-actively help Mitt Romney become president and the Republican Party win back the Senate and help (House Speaker) John Boehner keep his majority in the House,” said one of the sources, who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

I bet I know Romney’s answer to how Newt can help him during the general election: Stay as far away as he possibly can. I had to laugh over the last few days as he made his last stand in Delaware. If you’re counting on Delaware to save your campaign, you lost a long time ago.

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  1. 1
    busterggi

    “he says he is transitioning”

    Does Callista know this?

  2. 2
    jamessweet

    busterggi beat me to it.

  3. 3
    fifthdentist

    “He’s going to suspend his campaign for the Republican nomination next week, no doubt to give him time to negotiate some sort of deal with Romney in exchange for his endorsement.”

    So Newt’s scathing, months-long criticism of Mitt can be erased like an image on an Etch A Sketch?

  4. 4
    boadinum

    Newt is still alive? Oh, yeah, his checks keep bouncing back to him. The mainstream media (red AND blue) should be commended for pretty much ignoring the Newtster and his “campaign” for the last six weeks.

    I wouldn’t shed a tear for Dr. Newt. He’ll recoup his money by going on the lecture circuit to tell other ignorami how great he is, and by resuming his former career as a (barely legal) lobbyist/bagman.

    Newt and his frozen-faced wife Callista are world-class hypocrites, as well as vile and disgusting excuses for human beings.

  5. 5
    Modusoperandi

    boadinum “Newt and his frozen-faced wife Callista are world-class hypocrites, as well as vile and disgusting excuses for human beings.”
    Then why didn’t he win?

  6. 6
    vmanis1

    Does this mean the moon colony will be delayed?

  7. 7
    cjtotalbro

    Newt’s next big idea: Self cleaning adult diapers.

  8. 8
    Area Man

    …no doubt to give him time to negotiate some sort of deal with Romney in exchange for his endorsement.

    Why would Romney offer him anything? Newt’s endorsement is meaningless at this point. The only thing Newt is capable of is burning what few bridges he has left. He’ll kiss Romney’s ass just to remain relevant.

  9. 9
    d cwilson

    I still do not believe that Newt ever seriously thought he could win the nomination, much less the general election. He treated his campaign more like an extended book/DVD sales tour that a race for the highest office in the land. He spent more time signing books than giving stump speeches and when he did talk, he never failed to plug his wares.

    Meanwhile, his campaign organization has been a joke from day one. His entire original staff quite within weeks of his announcement because they were frustrated that he went on a Greek vacation/cruise. Many of his state organizations were running on a shoestring and skeleton crews. He repeatedly missed filing deadlines and failed to get on the ballot in some of the states. Despite repeated infusions of cash from his billionaire sugardaddy, his campaign bounced a $500 check.

    He only stayed in the race this long to spite Romney.

    This was one long marketing campaign for the Newt brand. Now it’s time for him to go back to the wingnut welfare circuit.

  10. 10
    Makoto

    I still don’t understand why anyone would donate to a suspended campaign. Everyone knows at this point that “suspended” means “the campaign has a ton of debts, so we can’t just call it quits, so please donate so we can pay those off, then we’ll quit”. No one uses it as a “we’re down, but not out” pose these days.

  11. 11
    marybellamy

    According to the Borowitz Report: The wins by Mr. Romney forced former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to suspend his campaign, telling reporters that he was leaving the race “to spend more time with my families.” ;)

  12. 12
    theschwa

    marybellamy beat me to it. I was going to say:
    Did he drop out to spend more time with his family/start a new family?

  13. 13
    Crudely Wrott

    Why is it that candidates who can otherwise speak and comprehend their native language to some reasonable degree seem to be unable to understand the simple phrase

    No thank you very much but I’m not interested.

    ??

    It couldn’t be the money, could it? After all, grammatical understanding seems to be hard wired into the human brain.

    Oh, wait . . .

  14. 14
    Marcus Ranum

    Who?

  15. 15
    boadinum

    Modusoperandi:

    You’re right, of course, that with his CV, a rethuglican’s wet dream, he should have won. However, bouncing checks just passes the ball to Robo-Romney.

    Poor Newt. How will he be able to afford to keep up Callista’s botox treatments?

  16. 16
    dingojack

    Soo… removing ‘man boobs’ is as easy as have The Amphibian leave the public arena.
    He’s (marginally) a man; he’s definately a boob – so it kinda makes sense.
    Dingo

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    Remove Man Boobs

    Remove Man Boobs…

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