Morning Examiner: How much losing can Newt take?

Politics,Beltway Confidential,Conn Carroll

After losing the Florida primary in a landslide, Newt Gingrich had to know that the rest of February did not look good for him either. The upcoming contests in Nevada, Colorado, Minnesota, Missouri, and Maine all looked tough. Of all those states, Missouri had the most voters sympathetic to Newt’s message, but his campaign failed to even get on the ballot in the Show Me state.

So, late Saturday night, after Newt received his anticipated beating in the Nevada caucuses, he emerged onto a stage, not to thank supporters at a rally, but to take questions from the press.


As National Review‘s Victor Davis Hanson writes, what came next can only be described as ugly:

Gingrich is becoming a caricature of petulance: no concession in Nevada, no call to Romney, no awareness that his inability to raise money at levels of a political rival or to match a competing campaign organization is not necessarily unfair. That’s politics, and Gingrich knows it. I don’t understand why he thinks now losing to Romney in 2012 is solely due to Romney’s innate deviousness in a way McCain beating Romney in 2008 was not — given that Romney was about the same in both 2008 and 2012. Gingrich seems oblivious to the fact that McCain’s style and history gave him advantages over Romney’s money and hardball in ways Gingrich’s own proven liabilities apparently do not.

Gingrich should carefully play a tape of his post–Nevada caucus performance, and then he would quickly grasp that it was little more than a litany of excuses, whining, and accusations — characterized by stream-of-conscious confessionals and rambling repetitions. And, I think, will hurt him more than anything yet in the campaign.

Newt is expected to lose big tomorrow in Colorado, Minnesota, and Missouri. No one is expecting any concession calls. On Saturday, Newt will again get crushed, this time in the Maine caucuses. Then there is a break until the February 22nd Arizona debate.

But will Newt even make it that far? How many more these crushing losses can his ego take?

Campaign 2012
Romney: Ahead of the March 6th Ohio primary, The Columbus Dispatch endorsed Mitt Romney for president yesterday: “American voters need someone who offers an alternative to the failed policies of President Barack Obama. Romney is the candidate best able to do that.”

Gingrich: Former Rep. Dick Armey, R-Texas, who worked along side Newt Gingrich in the House, advised Gingrich to stop attacking Mitt Romney yesterday: “I feel bad for him. I think he’s digressed into a state of taking a second-rate campaign and turning it into a first-rate vendetta,” Armey said. “I thought that last night was really sad for him,” said Armey about Gingrich’s non-concession speech after Saturday’s Nevada caucus lost. “Quite frankly again so much of Newt’s whole life is overstated, he overstates the case in such a hyperbolic fashion, it just looks vindictive.”

Polls: Public Policy Polling, the only firm releasing their results in each state, has Mitt Romney up big (40 percent to 26 percent) in tomorrow’s Colorado caucuses and Rick Santorum narrowly ahead by 2 in Minnesota.

Around the Bigs
The New York Times, A Mortgage Tornado Warning, Unheeded: New documents show that Fannie Mae knew for almost a decade before the crash that loan-servicing companies that worked for Fannie routinely filed false foreclosure documents.

The Wall Street Journal, Shaky Profits Threaten U.S. Stock Rally: Profit margins at S&P 500 companies fell the last quarter of 2011, a possible warning sign that the stock market may soon fall.

The New York Times, Egypt Defies U.S. by Setting Trial for 19 Americans on Criminal Charges: Egypt’s military-led government said Sunday that it would put 19 Americans and two dozen others on trial in a criminal investigation into the foreign financing of nonprofit groups.

USA Today, Editorial: Contraception mandate violates religious freedom: “The administration tried to strike a balance and simply failed. The First Amendment’s guarantee of religious freedom deserves more weight than the administration allowed.”

Righty Playbook
In the USA Today, The Heritage Foundation’s Stuart Butler explains why Heritage can not be blamed for the individual mandate: “in the legislation we helped craft that ultimately became a preferred alternative to ClintonCare, the “mandate” was actually the loss of certain tax breaks for those not choosing to buy coverage, not a legal requirement.”

The Weekly Standard’s jay Cost takes a closer look at Fridays jobs report.

Hot Air‘s Jazz Shaw asks if former Rep. Pete Hoekstra’s new ad against Sen. Debbie Stabenow, D-Mich., is the “wost” political ad of 2012: “The team is describing it as satire, but there’s absolutely no way this doesn’t just fan the flames and come off as racist.”

Lefty Playbook
ThinkProgress attacks the Susan Komen for the Cure Foundation for seeking advice from Ari Fleischer.

Reporting on the Federal Aviation Administration reauthorization bill, Talking Points Memo‘s Brin Beutler asks, “Are Senate Dems About To Cave On GOP Union-Busting?”

AFSCME has launched a new website called “Razing Arizona,” attacking Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer for her new government union reform plan.

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