- The Washington Times - Sunday, April 22, 2012

With 21 campaign events scheduled this week, persistent Republican hopeful Newt Gingrich does not appear willing to appease those who want him out of the presidential race. With wife Callista, Mr. Gingrich embarks on intensely local appearances in Delaware and North Carolina: he’ll frequent regional GOP luncheons, visit a library, an azalea festival and elementary schools. He’ll throw out the first pitch at a Gardner-Webb University baseball game and brave an appearance at the North Carolina Zoo — which has puffins but no penguins. The candidate was nipped by the latter last week during a zoo appearance; but that is history.

Mr. Gingrich continues to bill himself as “the last conservative standing,” and he remains standing as Tuesday’s five primaries loom, continually reminding the press of his local endorsements from the likes of “former first lady of the National Rifle Association” Ingrid Sigler, and in Delaware, chairman Bill Sahm of the Northern New Castle County GOP; plus Hans Reigle, chairman of the Kent County Republican Party.

“I previously endorsed Gov. [Mitt] Romney, but since then, Newt is the only candidate who has shown a willingness to meet and talk with Delaware voters for more than an hour,” Mr. Reigle observes.

MAHER MAUL

Newt Gingrich is still receiving Secret Service protection. What are they protecting him from? Reality?”

(HBO host Bill Maher, on Mr. Gingrich.)

AND IN SUMMATION

“Obama strategist David Axelrod spends another Sunday morning pretending Obama hasn’t been president for the past three years,” says the Republican National Committee, in review of Mr. Axelrod appearances on NBC’s “Meet the Press” and CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

The Grand Old Party collectively deems the appearances as “Axelrod’s World of Make Believe,” adding that while “Obama added nearly $5 trillion to the national debt, Axelrod says we don’t want policies that bankrupt our country.”

OLBERMANNIA

For those keeping score, former ESPN, Fox News, CNN and Current TV analyst Keith Olbermann surfaced Sunday on ABC’s “This Week with George Stephanopoulos,” in which he addressed dogs in politics, the Secret Service scandal and baseball. Mr. Stephanopoulos could not hide his delight in it all.

Gleaned from a series of the host’s Tweets that began Thursday: “Can’t wait for Keith Olbermann’s debut,” “Keith Olbermann has arrived on set and is prepping,” and finally to Mr. Olbermann himself, “Fantastic having you on the roundtable. Hope to see you back soon.”

“Thank you George. My privilege,” the guest Tweeted back.

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