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The Continual Decline Of Newt Gingrich

Wow. What a difference a couple of months makes.

Back in January, Gingrich took the CNN Republican debate in South Carolina by storm. As a result of a strong performance at that debate, he won the South Carolina primary.

But, despite a bump early in 2012, it looks as if this may be the beginning of the end of the Gingrich campaign:
Newt Gingrich is cutting back his campaign schedule, will lay off about a third of his cash-strapped campaign’s full-time staff, and has replaced his manager as part of what aides are calling a “big-choice convention” strategy, communications director Joe DeSantis told POLITICO.

Michael Krull, a former advance man and a college friend of Callista Gingrich’s who took over the campaign after a staff exodus in June, was replaced last weekend by Vince Haley, who has worked for Gingrich for nine years and currently is deputy campaign manager and policy director.

“We’re focusing exclusively on what it’ll take to win what we’re going to be calling a big-choice convention in August,” DeSantis said in a phone interview Tuesday night.

Gingrich officials declined to specify who else besides Krull would be leaving. “Not getting into it right now besides Krull,” DeSantis said.

But another campaign official said the layoffs would largely affect junior and advance staff, the latter of which was contracted out to Gordon James Public Relations. Gingrich consultant Kellyanne Conway and political director Martin Baker will both retain their roles, according to officials. The advance staff also received word on Tuesday afternoon to submit their final expense reports.

There is no real reason to believe that these drastic measures to turnaround a flailing campaign can save the former House speaker’s candidacy for a third time.

Following a string of embarrassing primary losses, it was only a matter of time before Gingrich had to make some kind of decision about the way forward. But the betting was on an actual withdrawal from the race rather than slapping a band-aid on the problem.
My emphasis.

So, they are laying off advance staff? From all of the reports that I've seen, Newt is usually at least 30 minutes late to campaign events -- so maybe they were going to lay off those guys anyway.

The only question left to answer is, given the bitter primary fight that it's been, will Gingrich want to endorse any of the remaining candidates -- and if so, who?

If/when Gingrich bows out, I'm going to put my money on him endorsing Rick Santorum. Not necessarily because he thinks that Santorum would be a better nominee for the Republican party, but more because he wants to "stick it to" Mitt Romney.