New Gingrich said if he won the Delaware primary he would change the national media narrative. It didn’t work. Rob Tornoe offers some thoughts and a cartoon.
Here is Rob’s commentary.
So long, Newt. Goodbye. See-ya. Better luck next time. It’s conceivable the only thing less popular in Delaware right now than Gingrich might be Fisker Automotive.
It’s a shame the Delaware primary ended up being a meaningless night where a rich guy with a car elevator defeated another rich guy with a taste for fine jewelry, all in the name of representing the average American. Mitt not only defeated Newt, he trounced him, 56 percent to 26 percent, in a primary that ended up with very little interest or turnout.
Maybe it was voodoo magic that propelled Mitt to such a decisive victory. Christine O’Donnell did endorse him, and she did have some free time to cast a spell or two. After all, a trial to decide if she owes Jonathan Moseley, a lawyer who worked on two of her Senate campaigns, more than $20,000 doesn’t start until next month.
At least O’Donnell backed the right dog. Both Kent County Republican Party chairman Hans Reigle and Republican National Committeewoman Priscilla Rakestraw switched their support from Romney to Gingrich. Apparently, both were impressed with Newt’s desperate all-in Delaware strategy, where he looked less like a presidential candidate and more like a creepy uncle that hugs a little too closely. Awkward.
Gingrich campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond said if Newt lost big in Delaware, it would be a “doomsday” scenario for the campaign. Yet according to former News Journal reporter Ginger Gibson, Newt announced, “I want to be vividly clear, we have 23 events here in North Carolina this week, we’re going to be at 23 events in North Carolina this week.”
What’s it going to take for Newt to abandon this primary? Does it have to get cancer?
What does it matter for Newt? After all, he’s not paying the $40,000 a day for the secret service protection he’s receiving. That bill would be coming out of your wallet. He’s also amassed quite a substantial campaign debt – $4.3 million, according to the Federal Election Commission. All from the only true conservative left in the race.
At the end of the day, Gingrich has won a grand total of two primaries – South Carolina and his home state of Georgia. His campaign was fueled by ego and a single sugar daddy – Sheldon Adelson – who gave $5 million to Gingrich’s Super PAC in March (which only raised a $5.5 million last month).
After an embarrassing loss in a state where a witch won a primary, it’s time Newt went away. Mitt Romney for President – aren’t you all pumped?
Rob Tornoe is a political cartoonist and a WHYY contributor. See more of his work at RobTornoe.com, and follow him on twitter @RobTornoe.