Sitting down for an interview with Matt Bai, chief political correspondent for New York Times Magazine, Gingrich shed some light on what happened when his senior staff quit early in the campaign.
Gingrich says now, in what may be a characteristic bit of revisionist history, that it was clear early on that he needed to break free of his highly paid and conventional consultants, and that he and his wife, Callista, actually took their much-maligned Greek vacation last June — a pleasure trip in the middle of what was supposed to be his ramp-up as a candidate — in order to provoke a confrontation with the campaign’s leadership. (Gingrich later added that he really needed to see the Greek fiscal crisis up close.) If so, it worked, because the entire senior team quit en masse when he got back.
His current staff must be wondering what crazy scenario he will cook up to get rid of them.