- Danny Schwartz
The problem was the wife. Aides to Newt Gingrich have resigned from his presidential campaign in protest of what they felt was a takeover by Callista Gingrich, the candidate’s wife since 2000.
The euphemism offered by departing staffers was they disagreed with Gingrich’s “strategy” for the campaign. Indeed, they did disagree. But it was a strategy — a part-time campaign, in effect — that Gingrich’s wife favored.
Listen: Blaming it on the wife is weak sauce. It implies that if Gingrich were to get divorced and remarried (again, to a less uppity woman this time) and run in 2016, he'd have a fighting chance at winning the Republican nomination. That's not true. Newt Gingrich is a bad candidate. He's arrogant, uncharismatic, too fond of the sound of his own voice, and he's got none of the poise or polish of a successful presidential candidate. That's why Newt Gingrich is publicly melting down. And that's why Newt Gingrich will never win the Republican nomination. Leave his wife out of this, you smarmy fucks. Of course she's a bad person—she married Newt Gingrich!—but this smacks of an oily attempt to save Newt's reputation by throwing his wife to the dogs of the media.