Stick a fork in him

Not quite two weeks ago, the entire senior staff for Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign resigned en masse. The same day, the entire staff he’d assembled in Iowa also quit.

Gingrich later said he found it “liberating” to have his team abandon him a month into his national campaign. If that’s true, Newt must be feeling really free today, now that his national finance team has also quit.

The top fundraisers for Newt Gingrich’s presidential campaign have abandoned his struggling bid amid anemic fundraising and heavy spending.

Campaign spokesman R.C. Hammond is confirming to The Associated Press that fundraising director Jody Thomas and fundraising consultant Mary Heitman have left the team. […]

People familiar with Gingrich’s campaign spending say his fundraising has been weak since he launched his bid and that he has racked up large travel bills.

I know the literati sent out their minions to do their bidding, but who knew the literati’s minions would end up abducting Gingrich’s entire campaign operation?

Keep in mind, the national finance team are the folks who were helping keep the campaign financially viable. Now that they’ve quit, it’s probably a mistake to even call Gingrich’s bid a “campaign.”

Also note, Gingrich brought this upon himself. Even when fundraising was weak, he spent freely, chartering a fancy jet for a three-day swing through Iowa last month, for example, at a cost of $40,000.

Now Gingrich has been reduced to scheduling events within driving distance of his home.

At least for now, the disgraced former Speaker insists he’s going to stay in the race, but his willingness to keep trying is irrelevant. He has no campaign operation, no financial resources, no work ethic, and no popularity.

Whether he chooses to remain an official candidate, Gingrich’s campaign is over.

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Steve Benen

Steve Benen is a producer at MSNBC's The Rachel Maddow Show. He was the principal contributor to the Washington Monthly's Political Animal blog from August 2008 until January 2012.