“I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring. The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles.”
That was the simple statement embattled former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich posted on the social media site Facebook during a tumultuous day that saw longtime aides and top strategists nationally and in Iowa, South Carolina, and Georgia abandon his presidential campaign.
Various reports indicate there were concerns about whether Gingrich wanted to do all the drudgery and behind the scenes events like fundraisers and chicken dinners that are a part of a campaign.
Surely, Gingrich gave future presidential aspirants lessons on how not to start a campaign. He bungled his announcement of an announcement for the formation of an exploratory committee. He was panned for how, even though he was ahead of the curve on social networking sites like Twitter and other mediums like Second Life, he and his campaign, like Bill Clinton was when he temporarily flamed out before the South Carolina primary in 2008, seemed stuck in a pre-social media age, where news travels with much more velocity.
Questions remain about Gingrich and about a potential new entrant into the presidential contest Rick Perry, from whose camp many of Gingrich’s top national aides came, including his campaign manager.
For Gingrich, who has a book on American exceptionalism that will be released next week and another about him that is scheduled to be released before the Iowa Caucuses, questions will be asked about how he will continue his campaign. All indications are he will participate in the New Hampshire debate on Monday, which John King of CNN will moderate.
Gingrich has always seemed to operate as his own best strategist and tactician anyways, so perhaps this can liberate him to run his campaign the way he wants to.
All eyes in the political world now turns to Texas Gov. Rick Perry; CBS News is reporting he is seriously considering entering the contest.
One must wonder, though, if the ex-Gingrich aides are leaving a candidate they felt did not have the requisite “fire in the belly” for another that may not have a raging fire as well in Perry. This is, of course, assuming that Gingrich’s aides will go to the Perry camp and that Perry will enter the nominating contest. Some who had signed on with Gingrich, such as former Georgia Governor Sonny Perdue immediately signed on with Tim Pawlenty’s camp. Pawlenty, by the waw, and perhaps under the radar, had a fantastic week in rolling out policies that cut through the media filter while getting strong praise from the likes of Larry Kudlow and Jack Welch.
For Gingrich, the question remains if he will he get a second life … and how he will put it to use if he does.