Video of the Day: A NewtHampshire Christmas

By David A. Graham

From the same people who brought you Newt and Callista Gingrich standing next to a plush elephant, here's an elf break-dancing for Newt.

It wasn't enough for Newt Gingrich to surge ahead in the Republican polls after Herman Cain faltered. His New Hampshire staff took it upon themselves to outdo Cain's odd video Christmas missive with a quirky clip of their own.

In the clip above, you can see Alex Talcott, Gingrich's New Hampshire coalitions director, clad in a Will Ferrell-style elf suit and leading a small chorus of staffers in a parody of "Deck the Halls." Sample lyric: "We're with with Newt in old New Hampshire/We're with Newt, he is the answer/Gone is hope in Prez Obama/Newt's solutions stopped the trauma." Gingrich staffer Erin Lamontagne said Talcott co-wrote the lyrics with fellow staffer Jamie Coughlin (himself a former Cain backer), and then the Manchester-based crew took some time to film the bit -- a welcome diversion for staffers routinely working 12-hour-plus days preparing for the Jan. 10 primary. Talcott and Coughlin win credit for the lyrics, but Talcott probably shouldn't quit his day job for a career as a professional dancer.

It hasn't been a great week for the Gingrich campaign, as the former speaker was disqualified from Virginia's Republican primary ballot. At least one state office was able to get some holiday cheer in.

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