The Re-Animator Stage of the Newt Gingrich Campaign

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
March 28 2012 6:59 PM

The Re-Animator Stage of the Newt Gingrich Campaign

How do you get the media to cover your presidential campaign a day after admitting that it's scaled back to a couple of guys begging delegates to switch over. You come to D.C. Newt Gingrich appeared at Georgetown University today, for a speech ostensibly about Social Security reform and a Q&A about a bunch of other things -- including janitorial work. I counted at least 24 reporters in the crowd. I overheard only a little amazement that editors actually wanted this copy.

The Gingrich campaign retains all the trappings of a bid for president. A Secret Service detail protected the doors of Gaston Hall, denying entry to anyone who lacked a ticket or a special press pass. And the room was packed with students, several of whom might have been registered D.C. Republicans.


But this, happening simultaneously, seems like a more important story. Sheldon Adelson is out.

“It appears as though he’s at the end of his – at the end of his line,” Adelson said in comments Monday that were reported by “Cause, I mean, mathematically, he can’t get anywhere near the numbers, and there’s not – unlikely there’ll be a brokered convention.”

So the re-animator stage of the campaign has to happen without help from a Super PAC.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics



The Ebola Story

How our minds build narratives out of disaster.

The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola

PowerPoint Is the Worst, and Now It’s the Latest Way to Hack Into Your Computer

The Shooting Tragedies That Forged Canada’s Gun Politics

A Highly Unscientific Ranking of Crazy-Old German Beers


Welcome to 13th Grade!

Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.


The Actual World

“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.

Want Kids to Delay Sex? Let Planned Parenthood Teach Them Sex Ed.

Would You Trust Walmart to Provide Your Health Care? (You Should.)

  News & Politics
Oct. 22 2014 9:42 PM Landslide Landrieu Can the Louisiana Democrat use the powers of incumbency to save herself one more time?
Continuously Operating
Oct. 22 2014 2:38 PM Crack Open an Old One A highly unscientific evaluation of Germany’s oldest breweries.
Gentleman Scholar
Oct. 22 2014 5:54 PM May I Offer to Sharpen My Friends’ Knives? Or would that be rude?
  Double X
The XX Factor
Oct. 22 2014 4:27 PM Three Ways Your Text Messages Change After You Get Married
  Slate Plus
Tv Club
Oct. 22 2014 5:27 PM The Slate Walking Dead Podcast A spoiler-filled discussion of Episodes 1 and 2.
Oct. 22 2014 11:54 PM The Actual World “Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.
Future Tense
Oct. 22 2014 5:33 PM One More Reason Not to Use PowerPoint: It’s The Gateway for a Serious Windows Vulnerability
  Health & Science
Wild Things
Oct. 22 2014 2:42 PM Orcas, Via Drone, for the First Time Ever
Sports Nut
Oct. 20 2014 5:09 PM Keepaway, on Three. Ready—Break! On his record-breaking touchdown pass, Peyton Manning couldn’t even leave the celebration to chance.