Newt Gingrich hasn't convinced voters he'd make a good president, but he did win over fellow passengers on the luxury Mediterranean cruise he took in June. An anonymous couple told the CruiseMates blog that the Gingriches--now famous for their love of Tiffany's jewelry and private planes--were totally low-key. Which must surely have pleased Gingrich: in an interview with a Georgia newspaper, he sounds a lot more like a guy looking to win fans than one who's after votes.
And it says, 'now it's true that Gingrich has 1.3 million followers and (Michele) Bachmann only has 59,000, but she's getting more new people every week.' It turned out I have six times as many Twitter followers as all the other candidates combined, but it didn't count because if it counted I'd still be a candidate; since I can't be a candidate that can't count. So we've been a little bit like a sailing ship in the middle of a hurricane in which we are sailing straight into the teeth of the media, and that slowed us down.
If you look at the news media coverage, the elite media went out of their way for seven or eight weeks to attack me. ... You had day after day people saying, 'well, his campaign's dead. He's gone. It's over.' ...So I'm having a great time. Meanwhile, every night on every talk show various analysts, none of whom have been in Iowa, are all going, 'well, Gingrich is gone.' What that really did was is it affected our fundraising very dramatically, didn't affect voters, but it affected our fundraising very dramatically.