Newt Gingrich Drops In Polls, Keeps Signing Books, As Ron Paul Gains
New evidence questions once again whether Newt Gingrich‘s presidential primary campaign is just a book tour meant to raise his media profile. Despite his shocking return from campaign collapse and surge in the polls, Gingrich’s campaign appears just as disorganized and unmotivated as ever, as Ron Paul takes the lead in Iowa.
The Atlantic Wire reports multiple polls showing Gingrich losing most or all of his lead in Iowa, including Gallup, Public Policy Polling, and Nate Silver at the FiveThirtyEighty blog. In fact, Silver and the PPP both place Gingrich third, behind Paul and Mitt Romney.
Elsewhere, the Wire reports that Gingrich has devoted bizarre amounts of time to book signings and little to campaigning, even as the Iowa caucaus is less than two weeks away and the New Hampshire primary is just a week after that. The article notes that the candidate “has done at least seven book signings since November 26″, and that money paid for books goes directly to the Gingriches, not to Newt’s deeply indebted campaign.
Politico describes Gingrich’s few NH staff members and volunteers as having one thing in common: “They measure their time on the campaign in days or weeks.”
In another gaffe that probably could have been avoided, the domain name NewtGingrich.com was purchased by the liberal PAC American Bridge, and redirects visitors to reminders of Gingrich’s biggest embarrassments, including the homepages of Freddie Mac, Tiffany’s, and unflattering articles about his campaign’s summer collapse. The group has now posted a listing on Craigslist, offering to sell the domain:
We thought of giving it away, but we wouldn’t want to be accused of being socialists. So, make your best offer. We’re asking for $1 million, but we’d be happy to accept $500,000 in bling. Heck in the spirit of Christmas we might even let it go for $10,000.
Gingrich’s official campaign website is newt.org.
(Gingrich isn’t the only person with this problem: MicheleBachmann.com redirects to Change.org’s gay rights homepage. MittRomney.net leads to a positive, but cheap and probably illegitimate “official” Romney site. Other candidates’ names showed domains available for purchase. I was too afraid to try Santorum.com.)
Is Gingrich on his way out? Was he just in it to try to leverage a hefty fee as a Fox News personality afterwards? And after Gingrich, Bachmann, Perry, and Cain, is the long-steady Ron Paul the next frontrunner?