It looks like the end of the road for Newt Gingrich

Posted: February 2, 2012 in Washington Politics

Grace Wyler
Business Insider
February 2, 2012

The former House Speaker has been on a downward spiral for the past two days since his loss in Florida on Tuesday, culminating this morning with Donald Trump’s surprise endorsement of his rival Mitt Romney.

The Trump endorsement might not have been so bad if Gingrich hadn’t said this morning that he was getting the Donald’s nod.

It’s unclear why Gingrich was confused, but his hasty boasting is yet another indication that the former House Speaker is melting down. The premature remark came about 12 hours after Gingrich abruptly canceled a meeting and photo op with Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, a young Republican star who had endorsed Rick Perry.

No one seems to know why Gingrich skipped out on his date with Sandoval, but it’s clear that the campaign has way bigger problems to deal with than The Donald.

In fact, Nevada Tea Party leader Sharron Angle’s decision to endorse Rick Santorum this morning was probably a much bigger blow to the Gingrich campaign. Although Angle’s national star has fallen since her failed 2010 Senate bid against Harry Reid, the former state senator is still a major figure in the state’s active Tea Party movement.

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