How can a President Gingrich fix US government when he cannot fix his campaign reporters?
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The dramatic case of only two reporters – a French TV station and one from Bloomberg managed to catch up on Saturday night flight from Orlando to West Palm Beach on Gingrich’s Boeing 737. “Not one of the TV embed reporters, who follow Gingrich everywhere but the bathroom, got on the plane. It remains unclear whether the reporters who booked and then decided not to go will be charged for the flight” Chris Moody said.
This indicated lack of sound campaign organization. This is Gingrich’s management genius in a microcosm. If he cannot organize the reporters of his campaign, how he will be able to organize and fix the complex US government?
Moody reporting about Gingrich’s Florida trip said, “That working relationship pretty much stopped working this weekend, two days before the Florida primary. The trouble began when Daniel Malloy, a reporter for the Atlanta Journal Constitution, started to do some simple math, always a risky endeavor for a working journalist. Gingrich's Florida schedule called for a morning stop near West Palm Beach, and the press bus would follow him to Orlando in the afternoon. Also on the docket was a dinner that same night back in West Palm Beach, which Gingrich could attend only by arranging a private charter to fly him and the traveling press there from Orlando. The campaign would charter a second flight 200 miles east to Tampa that would leave immediately after the event. The total cost to news organizations would be about $2,000 per reporter”.
The over-heating problem affecting the campaign reporters went unchecked until it imminently exploded when,“ Sitting in the back of the bus that day, the penny pinching press got to thinking: Why should their employers drop two grand just to attend one Gingrich event when the reporters could easily rent a cheap car in Orlando, miss the dinner, and meet up with Gingrich in Tampa the next morning? That made a lot more financial sense. Word got around. One by one, the reporters signaled that they would not join the former speaker on his plane” said Moody.
The mutiny among Gingrich’s reporters on that account made each to decide for himself/herself that, “By Saturday, the day of the flight, only a handful of reporters had committed to fly with Gingrich. And because fewer journalists would be on the plane, the cost per seat skyrocketed to more than $3,000. When the reporters who had given over their credit cards to join the charter heard about the new price, many called the campaign aides frantically to cancel. The campaign refused. The reporters on the bus, now straddled with an unexpected new cost, fumed. Campaign aides were furious over the little mutiny. Reporters threatened to dispute the charges to their credit cards” Moody continued.
Because of the tensed situation that was stirring the reporters, the campaign said, “No reporters would be allowed to fly with Gingrich on his campaign swing on Monday, when his schedule calls for more than 1,000 miles of travel, complete with campaign stops from the panhandle near the Alabama border to Miami. Without a plane, it would be virtually impossible to cover Gingrich on the day before voting begins in the primary that political observers think will make or break his campaign” Moody reported.
Consequently, “the press was no longer invited to fly with Gingrich to the next contest in Nevada, which will hold its Republican caucuses on Feb. 4. No one from Gingrich's campaign would say on the record why the reporters were no longer invited to travel with the candidate. But finally, Gingrich spokesmn R.C. Hammond said, "I don't have to give you a reason,"
Is this the kind of a president America sees in Gingrich? It is very interesting that two comments give straight from the heart assessments on a President Gingrich.
He's an arrogant…How did he get back to this position? He was run out of town as Speaker of the House, consulted for the companies that helped us get in this economic mess and now he wants us to make him the next President? What planet is he on? PS - I'm a Republican.
I guess if Newt becomes President, we should get accustomed to hearing such things as "I don't have to give you a reason"?
Viewing the whole picture in the light of how well Gingrich leads his campaign suggests that, his campaign power house is lacking of power to sustain the breadth and length of the GOP presidential candidate nomination. Gingrich losing the clout on his reporters only suggests that they are willing to lose him as their adhesives do not stick anymore. He will not get the nomination and he cannot become president of the United States of America.
1. Chris Moody, Gingrich campaign to traveling press: Find your own damn ride, Yahoo News
· 2. Tweets on the 2012 campaign
· 3. See the following:
Herman Cain endorsed Gingrich for president