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Newtie Gin-grinch’s campaign was put on life support today.

Top aides to former House Speaker Newt Gingrich have resigned en masse, Fox News has learned, imperiling the Republican’s 2012 presidential campaign at a crucial time.

Among the senior staff members Gingrich is losing are spokesman Rick Tyler and campaign manager Rob Johnson, along with other strategists. Insiders say Gingrich and senior aides were unable to agree on the direction of the campaign.

And from the looks of things, it was Calista that drove them away:

The problem was the wife. Aides to Newt Gingrich have resigned from his presidential campaign in protest of what they felt was a takeover by Callista Gingrich, the candidate’s wife since 2000.

The euphemism offered by departing staffers was they disagreed with Gingrich’s “strategy” for the campaign. Indeed, they did disagree. But it was a strategy – a part-time campaign, in effect – that Gingrich’ wife favored.

If you ask me – and I know you didn’t, but still – Newtie should’ve grabbed Calista by that $500-extra-large Tiffany’s necklace, shoved her against the wall, and spat two words into her face – two words that fully & completely demonstrate the folly of a part-time campaign:

“Fred Thompson”

Oh, but did Newtie stand up to hia li’l wifey?  Not only no, but hell, no.

The last straw for the campaign staff was Gingrich’s decision to go on a two-week cruise in the Mediterranean, from which he returned on Tuesday. His advisers urged him not to go and take so much time from a campaign that was already in trouble. But his wife wanted him to go and she won the argument.

And he is about to learn what Mitch Daniels knows:  When you let the wife be the head of the household, you lose your moral credibility to lead.

For his part, though, Newtie is putting the best face on it he can:

On his Facebook page Thursday afternoon, Gingrich assured supporters he remains in the race.

“I am committed to running the substantive, solutions-oriented campaign I set out to run earlier this spring. The campaign begins anew Sunday in Los Angeles,” he wrote, referring to a foreign policy address he’s scheduled to deliver Sunday evening.

Yeah, that’s some commitment, alright.

But now, Denizens, look for our governor here in Texas, Big Dick Perry, to jump into the race.

Two separate and reliable sources in Texas tell me serious preparations are being made for Governor Rick Perry, 61, to seek the Republican nomination for president.

Dave Carney and Rob Johnson – the former top Perry aides who on Thursday left Newt Gingrich’s floundering campaign – are said to be heading to Texas soon to join in on preparations for the run. I am told this is now “ninety percent likely to occur.” Additionally, Perry allies have begun holding meetings in the state and have been instructed to quietly reach out to contacts in early primary states.

This race has suddenly gotten a lot  more interesting.

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