For years, Newt Gingrich has been laying the groundwork for a presidential run by raising money, producing films, and building up his profile in the national media. Somewhere along the way, however, he forgot to find supporters.
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Newt's lack of any prominent surrogates has proven disastrous over the past week as he's tried to save his campaign from one of the most difficult rollouts in recent memory. While Republicans of all stripes pilloried him in the press and Democrats gleefully cheered them on, Gingrich stood alone with few -- if any -- high-profile names stepping up to defend him.
But it's no surprise to critics, former colleagues, and even some campaign backers to see Newt going it alone. As even a cursory look at his career reveals, Gingrich has left behind a trail of intense rivalries, simmering grudges, and wafer-thin core support that has left him with few friends to carry out his campaign.
"He burned a lot of bridges," conservative fundraising guru Richard Viguerie told TPM. "He has that type of personality. ... He's done it in his personal life, in his political career. There's just certain wires there that don't connect."