Political Animal


March 26, 2012 5:14 PM Alone Again, Naturally

By Ed Kilgore

Well, Newt Gingrich can say he’s in the campaign til Tampa all he wants, but increasingly, he’ll be doing so without the assurance that anyone other than the people right in front of him will hear about it. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution and Politico have withdrawn their “embedded” reporters from his campaign, which means he’ll have to rely on the television networks and local media to report his pithy utterances.

It’s really sad when you are running a campaign based on feeding resentment of the media, and you can’t get your hometown newspaper (yes, I know Newt doesn’t live in Georgia any more, but the Atlanta papers have been covering the guy for more than forty years) and the omnisicient Beltway outlet to follow you around any more. Earlier Ron Paul lost not only his print embeds, but even network television coverage. Seems that decision, however, that had a lot to do with Paul’s very limited event itinerary. Can’t have those reporters sitting on their hands.

I guess these developments also create a bottom-line measurement for when Rick Santorum’s campaign crosses the line from being all-but-finished, or mathematically finished, to really finished. So long as there is a bus, and boys-and-girls from the Fourth Estate riding it, and he still has someone to shout obscenities at, then he’s a candidate, however diminished.

Ed Kilgore is a contributing writer to the Washington Monthly. He is managing editor for The Democratic Strategist and a senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute. Find him on Twitter: @ed_kilgore.


  • T2 on March 26, 2012 5:23 PM:

    Well, at least those fearing the possibility of a Newt Gingrich presidency can breath a little easier. Really, what a sad sack Newt is and what an embarrassment his Casino funded "campaign" has been. I'd laugh at him, but to paraphrase Max Sand, he just ain't worth laughing at.

  • Bernard HP Gilroy on March 26, 2012 6:07 PM:

    I think you meant "omnipresent" where you wrote "omniscient". Unless Politico already knows who's going to be the victor in November and just isn't telling us. :)

  • MuddyLee on March 26, 2012 7:07 PM:

    Newt was a joke when he started -- some Atlanta tv station called him "perennial candidate Newt Gingrich" before he ever won election -- and he will end up as a joke. A smart person realizes he/she is probably not as smart as he/she thinks - Newt has never come to this realization. But like Pat Robertson, he still has his followers I guess. Thanks a lot, Citizens United.