Imagine if Newt Gingrich were a restaurant…

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Imagine Newt Gingrich was not a political candidate, but a restaurant.  Call it Newt’s Old Fashioned BBQ.

Imagine that, tonight, there was a sign on the door at Newt’s Old Fashioned BBQ which read that Newt was cutting back its schedule and that the cash-strapped restaurant was laying off a third of its staff.  Imagine the beleaguered manager of Newt’s Old Fashioned BBQ told you it was all part of a “big-choice menu” the restaurant was trying to implement. Now imagine that a college friend of the owners, with limited experience in the restaurant industry, was being brought in to run the place.

Imagine all of this and ask yourself, would you ever eat at Newt’s again? Probably not.

So if the news tonight is Gingrich is cutting back his campaign schedule, will lay off about a third of his cash-strapped campaign’s full-time staff, and has forced out his manager as part of what aides are calling a “big-choice convention” strategy, why would anyone ever again pay attention to his presidential campaign?

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