January 29, 2012

A CAMPAIGN IS A REFLECTION OF SELF:

Gingrich's Biggest Enemy May Be His Lack of Organization (Rich Galen,  Jan 29, 2012 , Daily Beast)

Since his entire staff staged a mass walkout last spring, Newt Gingrich has insisted that he was running a new-style campaign that didn't include having hordes of high-priced consultants and fawning staff. His memory of the grand takeover of the U.S. House in the 1994 election has it that it took essentially two people: Gingrich and his longtime political adviser, Joe Gaylord.

In the debate Thursday night, Gingrich complained that "it's increasingly interesting to watch the Romney attack machine coordinate things," after a full day of an array of attacks on Gingrich along an astonishingly broad front--from Elliott Abrams, to R. Emmett Tyrrell, to Bob Dole--all made easy to find because they were accumulated and posted by Matt Drudge.  

It was political shock and awe.

Were the attacks unfair? That depends upon who one is backing in the race.  Were they, as Gingrich suggested, coordinated? Clearly. Was it the kind of day that only a campaign with a fully developed plan and the capacity to execute it could have pulled off? Absolutely. Could Gingrich have done it even if he had thought of it? Not on your life.

Posted by at January 29, 2012 7:47 AM
  

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