Video of the Day: These 6 People Want Newt Gingrich to Stay in the Race

More

The cash-strapped, vote-deprived campaign releases a rough-hewn ad.

Why is Newt Gingrich still in the race? Here's at least six reasons. The former Speaker's campaign released this video, which doesn't exactly make the case that he's got the polish and resources to take on Mitt Romney, to say nothing of Barack Obama.

The ad is homespun at best. BuzzFeed's Zeke Miller cracked that the video resembled the short-lived fad Chatroulette, and he's got a point: The viewer is treated to choppy, unexpected commentary from unidentified strangers. Luckily, there's no nudity, although it's a little odd that one participant seems to have set up his webcam before he put sheets on his bed, which sits unmade in the background. If the video is any indication, Gingrich's few remaining supporters are overwhelmingly white males with facial hair -- again, not unlike Chatroulette.

Rough-hewn advertisements may suit an insurgent campaign well, but they suit a broke one even better. The campaign can't spend too much on ads because it's in debt $4.5 million and renting out donor lists for cash. And in an even worse sign, even Gingrich's beloved animals are turning on him: Last week, he was bitten by a penguin at the St. Louis Zoo.

Jump to comments
Presented by

David A. Graham

David Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

Get Today's Top Stories in Your Inbox (preview)

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity


Join the Discussion

After you comment, click Post. If you’re not already logged in you will be asked to log in or register. blog comments powered by Disqus

Video

CrossFit Versus Yoga: Choose a Side

How a workout becomes a social identity

Video

Is Technology Making Us Better Storytellers?

The minds behind House of Cards and The Moth weigh in.

Video

A Short Film That Skewers Hollywood

A studio executive concocts an animated blockbuster. Who cares about the story?

Video

In Online Dating, Everyone's a Little Bit Racist

The co-founder of OKCupid shares findings from his analysis of millions of users' data.

Video

What Is a Sandwich?

We're overthinking sandwiches, so you don't have to.

Video

Let's Talk About Not Smoking

Why does smoking maintain its allure? James Hamblin seeks the wisdom of a cool person.

Writers

Up
Down

More in Politics

Just In