Five Ways for Newt Gingrich to Turn Things Around
1 year ago
With numerous primaries left, the former House Speaker is still in the race.
On Thursday, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich’s campaign sent out an email blast that I was compelled to click on.
The message, titled “Forty-Six States To Go,” made an excellent point:
“There are 46 states left to vote in this nominating contest, yet the mainstream media and Washington political establishment are quick to once again say that this campaign is over.”
I have hand it to you, random Newt2012 campaign staffer. You’re right. Some in the mainstream news media have unfairly declared the battle over, even though Gingrich’s win in the South Carolina presidential primary was less than two weeks ago.
But I can’t say it’ll be easy convincing political analysts that Gingrich still has a dog in this fight. So, random staffer, here are a few tips for how your candidate can turn things around.
1. Trash the Trump Endorsement
This one’s got to sting a little bit. Gingrich spent a good deal of time with Donald Trump early on, seemingly courting the reality TV host’s endorsement. After Trump endorsed Mitt Romney on Thursday, the former Massachusetts governor made an seemingly coded remark: “Of course, I’m looking for the endorsement of the people of Nevada.” In other words, Romney knows Trump’s support isn’t going to carry the weight of a former president's. If Gingrich is comfortable with appearing to be a two-faced hypocrite – and there are plenty of instances that suggest he is – trashing Trump’s endorsement may play well with undecided voters.
2. Be Unrelenting About ‘Safety Net’ Gaffe