Newt’s Quiet Day – Staffers Dynamite His Campaign To Obscure Their Bad Bet And Free Themselves For Perry Or Others

There’s no question at times of my life, partially driven by how passionately I felt about this country, that I worked far too hard and things happened in my life that were not appropriate.

Newton Leroy Gingrich (2011)

Any American would be proud to honor service to our country. We generally agree with Rich Galen’s take on why the wheels came off. You may have noticed on Twitter my one quibble is over whose fault. Unless we learn something dramatically new, we believe (a) the staff deluded themselves into thinking they could impose a campaign structure on Newt; (b) blaming everything on Callista is not only inaccurate but shows lack of class; and (c) the mass exodus a CYA drama queen move.

Newt’s Always Been Undisciplined And Unable To Focus

Long time readers know our cant. He was Clinton’s coeval partner in one other respect: both congenitally undisciplined. It’s apparent within 15 minutes meeting him.

Anyone who has worked in his environment or reported on it knows this to be true. It was so in the late 1980s. In 1993-94. When he got fired in 1998. And 2011. To be ‘long time staffers’ and suddenly ‘discover’ this character facet in June 2011? Either mentally handicapped or venally dishonest.

Rick Tyler of insane press release fame has been on Newt’s payroll for 10 years. You make that call.

Newt is not like Ross Perot. We know. We were down in Texas in 1992 talking with John White. Nobody had a clue who Perot really was. All that mattered was he was not Bush.

Until Rollins and Jordan had that presser. And told everyone the guy’s batshit crazy. Newt, by contast, is one the most documented, media saturated personalities in America.

We’ll give the field staff an undeserved pass. They’re not in proximity – but that’s a D.C. conceit. The most kind explanation? Remaining staff indulged in self-delusion and ambition to impose somehow, rigid, structural order on character trait set in stone. The real explanation? See the title.

Rich Galen’s excellent piece observed that Newt shunned retail dialing and solicitation. Hello? There was no way Newt would ever do that. Rich we are sure knows that well, too. Not just because of focus and discipline. That’s given. He expends *enormous* energies to avoid risks of rejection not on his terms. To cold/warm call and be a salesman (in the professional sense)? Of sensing hesitation, identifying the source, overcoming it and making the close? For $2,500 at time? No way. Ever. Oh, did we say ever?

These ‘professional’ staffers running to the Weekly Standard claiming they suddenly just discovered they worked for Newt are not only dishonest. Their lack of class in how they left says more about them than the Newt we already know. Are these ‘pros’ so self-involved they think no one will see they blew up the campaign to escape from a 3% embarrassment? While they ride the shock wave with Rob Johnson to a potential Perry campaign or go elsewhere? At worst they manufactured their own excuse for their resume.

A Sample Day In The Newtverse

Too abstract? Let’s walk through just one hypothetical day. To see how obvious it all always was.

Let’s pretend it’s Day One of the first Republican Retreat since winning the majority. Republicans hadn’t run the House in 40 years. 230 congressmen plus select staff find their seats, excited. Also relieved their leader is the man who toppled Jim Wright and made that Contract photo op happen.

Newt prepared ahead of time an ambitious agenda. He’s running the ultimate grad school seminar.

Newt sets the stage with an overview of how historic they all are. A pollster kicks off with a Power Point slide show. In 1994 this is hip. Everyone squints to see screens with the same words being read to them. Hi-tech. Then back to Newt.

With the casual assurance of a real college professor, Newt asks everyone to open a black three ringed tabbed binder. Each is the size of a telephone book and feels like it’s made of depleted uranium.

Newt proclaims that Republican control is more than just power. All ‘liberals’ cared about is power. (Back then, that was epithet enough; Fox TV didn’t exist). Republicans would instead reform the House. Nods and cheers. Go reform. Echoing his controversial college course, he says their destiny is to renew American civilization. More cheers.

And so it begins. At 10:15 AM Newt introduces everyone to the wonders of TQM (total quality of management). Newt doesn’t just talk TQM. He explains who Deming was. Newt brings it alive by illustrating how the Japanese use Deming’s concepts to produce the Sega Saturn. Republicans will run Congress on TQM. With practiced art, Newt concludes by citing the binder’s tab AA. There are listed Deming’s 14 points, which, he notes, bear an interesting parallel to Woodrow Wilson.

People literally gasp at Newt’s vision and intellect. They’re learning so much. Every day is like a beer bong of free education. They have a genius leading them. Dick Gephardt? Exactly.

Over lunch, Newt’s table is interrupted. One of his kitchen cabinet members stops by. To Newt’s real staff they’re like czars without portfolio. And already a ginormous pain in the ass.

This particular czar owns a Midwestern media property. He whispers to Newt that TQM isn’t cutting edge. Newt nods, looking at his unfinished sandwich. Newt hears him say to another czar, a history professor friend of Newt’s, that everyone knows it’s Six Sigma or fail.

Tony starts to double up on his cigarettes. Through the smoke curls he watches Newt. And his mind wanders to the waiting mini bar.

At 1:30 PM everyone re-assembles. Still buzzing like a co-ed slumber party. Some even clutch their black phone books.

Newt gets up. Disregarding the agenda, he wants to elaborate on the morning’s proceedings. It’s come to his attention that some might have misheard him. His point in the morning was that only Democrats would think about using TQM. Precision is important. Democrats will try every trick to defeat change. He wanted everyone to study the 14 points to know that was not enough. Their Republican majority will create a modern Congress based on Six Sigma! Six Sigma will usher in a new, permanent Republican majority.

Some eyes squint a bit. A few share covert puzzled looks. Still, hey, Contract With America, right? Clap. Yeah. We can do this.

Newt’s leadership team then announce some basics. Bob Walker is Newt’s Lt. here. He gives a folksy tone to the morning’s technology vibe. Alvin Toffler follows with a presentation his wife wrote and did all the work on. Newt then gets a cell call (then a rarity and on his honking big Motorola AMPS analog). Newt discovers from a technology company czar that scientifically, Six Sigma sucks eggs. Newt’s smile is now a rictus.

CSPAN cameras arrive at 5:00 PM for the Potemkin Village set piece. This is the moment to show Republican solidarity and energy. Suddenly Newt goes off script. He begins to proclaim that the Republican retreat is already a huge success. Puzzled members all look at Tony. Across the room, Joe Gaylord begins to use the Sith choke hold. Newt goes on, oblivious. Republicans, he says, evaded the trap set by unscrupulous Democratic notions of TQM and Six Sigma. Newt triumphantly declares Republicans and Americans with common sense all know that the Contract With America specifically spelt out the solution. By electing a Republican majority, the American people demand reforms based on Tom Peters’ critique of TQM.

Brian Lamb stares, fascinated. Behind Newt the new majority is learning a soon familiar routine of just smiling and nodding. Some fail. Dick Armey looks gassy. DeLay? Like he wants it all to work. Somehow. But even Denny Hastert (‘Coach’ then and a loyalist’s loyalist) has a blank WTF. Signs and portents.

And that’s just The First Day. Over a thousand more. If anything we under played it. Imagine trying to get legislation done in that environment. Imagine the staff running hither and yon, colliding with themselves like some bad Sports Machine ™ highlight reel. All around chasing down the foul balls even knowing their going foul — from their own side. Now add Connie Chung, shutdowns, book deals, etc., etc.

Someone working for him for 10 years just discovers this now? Please.

One thing we can tell you is this: if social media had existed back then, the first coup attempt would have been launched in early ’96.

Comments

  1. Dr Leo Strauss says

    “I think you have to at some point be honest with what’s happening in the real world, as opposed to what you’d like to have happened.”

    Newt on terminating his presidential campaign

    It’s a shock, naturally. Who could have foreseen this?

    • Dr Leo Strauss says

      Shep Smith on Romney’s reaction to Newt’s withdrawal.

      http://reason.com/blog/2012/05/02/shepard-smith-speaks-some-truth

      “I remember, so before he [Newt] announced for the presidency I saw him in the green room right back over here. He said, ‘Shep, I’m going to have the biggest online event ever. I’m going to announce this in multiple cities all across the country.’ I’m like, I thought then he was delusional and now I’m sure.”

  2. DrLeoStrauss says

    How entertaining to see the casino new media churn Newt back into ‘contention’ for the nomination. It’s so entertaining we almost thought to create an animation of Newt circling the globe like Unicron. We waited 15 seconds and the impulse passed, a longer duration than Newt’s boomlet.

  3. DrLeoStrauss says

    Newt just called for implementing 6 Sigma across government in GOP Debate! :: drink ! ::

  4. DrLeoStrauss says

    @Comment
    Cultural conservatives we’ve spoken to since day one do not trust him. At best he’s a Neocon to them.

    But they think he can be useful in his wedge attacks and is generating publicity for their cause. Should he go too far, he’s easily jettisoned as someone who was never really ‘one of us’. Newt’s NPV was already shorted a long time ago. He just doesn’t know.

  5. Comment says

    @DrLeoStrauss
    We saw a typically nasty mailer he sent to someone to pitch his ‘doc’ about the genuinely gracious Pope JP2 – It was filled with all sorts of lies, innuendo, and coded ressentiment. He was preying (no pun intent) on the defensive and sometimes reactionary feelings of an older folks.

  6. DrLeoStrauss says

    That’s Newt and always has been. Believe me, Tony, Jack, many many others not to be named did try. That’s why all this shock in 2011 is bogus.

  7. Comment says

    @Dr Leo Strauss
    His gimmicky American Exceptionalism mailers, his cynical and often mean spirited religious direct mail. He needs someone to pull him aside and tell him this cheesball stuff stinks.

  8. Dr Leo Strauss says

    @Comment
    That’s well put — it is symptomatic of how he’s dealt with crises throughout his life. Newt’s schtick now is dated. There are younger, savvier cynics capable of throwing grenades. It’s interesting to watch the late 20/early 30 ‘golden youth’ media types dismiss him as dated as a 1960s Irwin Allen TV show.

  9. Comment says

    @DrLeoStrauss
    Notice Newt’s passive aggressive low class effort to hint his staff were about to be let for incompetence – This is the personal peevishness that will forever limit him – It’s tragic because he was very good at generating deep hatred against Clinton (a better version of himself) to win the House – but …

  10. DrLeoStrauss says

    @Comment
    Didn’t watch. Disconnected all tvs from main splitter just to be sure.

    Newt’s always happiest talking about his inner child enthusiasms, space ships, dinosaurs, giraffes and things his Daddy played with in the service.

  11. Comment says

    Newt reallly sucked last night – Hatin’ on Moslems is old already. If he really fears Sharia, he’s a coward – But it just seems like a gimmick – a lie.

  12. Comment says

    One thing Modo always does is pick one conspicuous so-called sat word to use for her columns every time she phones one in. They all sound sort of like uxorious. lol

  13. Dr Leo Strauss says

    Has anyone asked Anon to see if they didn’t hack that email account and submit columns from a random text generator lo these past 10 years?

  14. Comment says

    “Newt Gingrich used to get in trouble for cheating on wives and dumping them. Now he’s notorious for being uxorious.”

    ~MoDo, parodying herself

  15. Comment says

    Perry would pretty much disqualify himself if he signed up any of these fair weather friends for serious jobs in his campaign.

  16. dilbert dogbert says

    I have a sneaking suspicion that some of the Koch sappers, big money mafia, offered a proposal to the staff that could not be refused. Other than that their checks bounced.

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