Newt Is Making Callista Work for This

When Newt Gingrich was soaring to the top of national polls, he claimed it was his wife Callista who encouraged him to stay in the presidential race back when his staff essentially fired him last June.

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When Newt Gingrich was soaring to the top of national polls, he claimed it was his wife Callista who encouraged him to stay in the presidential race back when his staff essentially fired him last June. ("She was the glue that held the campaign together," he said.) Now that his campaign is in deep trouble again -- lacking both money and votes -- he's cutting staff and limiting his public appearances. Curiously, Callista still has a ton of public events scheduled. Could it be that she doesn't want him to quit, so he's making her work for it?

For most of the Republican primary, Callista has seemed like a reluctant campaigner, granting few interviews and usually standing quietly by her husband's side at speeches. On Wednesday, she was scheduled to do four events in Wisconsin, while her husband only had one, and it was doing his favorite thing in the whole world: lecturing college students. Gingrich talked to Georgetown kids about "Giving Young Americans the Right to Choose a Personal Social Security Account." Callista went to an elementary school a hospital, a county Republican party, and a cocktail party, all in different cities. She had several other campaign appearances this week. On Thursday, she has two events: a solo one and an appearance with her husband. Newt only has the joint appearance.
Maybe Gingrich isn't making his wife work extra hard. Other possible explanations include the fact that Wisconsin is Callista's home state, so it's possible she'd be excited about campaigning in several places there. But it's not like she's best pals with everyone in the entire state. Or it could it be that Callista, more than 20 years younger than her husband, has more energy? But when Gingrich was doing well, there were lots of stories about he feeds off the energy of big crowds at rallies. Maybe there's less energy now that the crowds are small. Whatever the reason, it looks like Callista's the glue holding it all together again.
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