Monday, May 21, 2007

Gingrich Plays Kingmaker In New Hampshire?

GreenMountainPolitics1 just caught Newt Gingrich at The Chateau Restaurant in Manchester.

About 175 people showed up to listen to the former Speaker of the House talk wonky and take questions for 2 hours. Representatives from several NH Republican Presidential campaigns were in attendance.

Earlier in the day Gingrich attended a book signing at a local Wal-Mart.

Gingrich was in New Hampshire to promote his American Solutions 1st Annual "Solutions Day" to reach out across the Granite State (and America) to activists, volunteers and regular voters.

Gingrich claims American Solutions is promoting political issues that 75% (or more) of the voters support. For example, Gingrich supports a law that would make English the official language of the United States.

Of course, this strategy is not at all different from Gingrich's original Contract With America.

Inside Baseball Snark: Who could be against public parks, right Mr. Moses?

Two "workshop days" are planned in New Hampshire. One on 9/27 and the other on 9/29.

Gingrich told the crowd at The Chateau that his goal was to have a workshop representative in all 234 towns in New Hampshire by September.

Which is sort of like having a campaign town chair in every single town in New Hampshire by September.

Gingrich said that he is also focused on building the same grassroots organization in Iowa.

Gingrich was well received at The Chateau. So well received that two woman helping cater the event actually sat down during Newt's speech and listened attentively. We don't see that often at New Hampshire political events.

Of course that doesn't mean that Newt will actually run for President.

Even if Gingrich cannot explain his high poll numbers in a Republican Primary (snark), old Newt is still politically radioactive outside the GOP.

Crib Note: Gingrich gets killed in a general election match-up vs. our dog.

But we do think that Gingrich's New Hampshire and Iowa grassroots organization has a real potential to allow him to play kingmaker coming down the stretch this fall. And that's worth more than a bucket of spit.

We're just saying.