NRO: It’s Time For Newt Gingrich To Drop Out

By The Pajama Pundit | Related entries in News, Newt, Santorum

The editorial staff at National Review Online make a compelling argument for the former Speaker to quit the race for the Republican nomination:

At the moment Rick Santorum appears to be overtaking Newt Gingrich as the principal challenger to Mitt Romney. Santorum has won more contests than Gingrich (who has won only one), has more delegates, and leads him in the polls. In at least one poll, he also leads Romney. It isn’t yet a Romney–Santorum contest, but it could be headed that way.

We hope so. Gingrich’s verbal and intellectual talents should make him a resource for any future Republican president. But it would be a grave mistake for the party to make someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee. It is not clear whether Gingrich remains in the race because he still believes he could become president next year or because he wants to avenge his wounded pride: an ambiguity that suggests the problem with him as a leader. When he led Santorum in the polls, he urged the Pennsylvanian to leave the race. On his own arguments the proper course for him now is to endorse Santorum and exit.

My emphasis.

And yet high-profile conservatives like Sarah Palin continue to flirt with a Gingrich endorsement. One can only wonder at what would happen if Palin did publicly endorse Newt Gingrich…


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6 Responses to “NRO: It’s Time For Newt Gingrich To Drop Out”

  1. mw Says:

    I don’t see Palin endorsing Newt at all. My sense on Palin is that it is more important to her to pad her reputation for endorsing winners than it is to stick out her neck one inch for any particular candidate. If she endorses too many losers, her stock goes down.

    There is a quote attributed to Mahatma Gandhi which I find strangely applicable to Sarah Palin’s endorsements:

    “There go my people. I must follow them, for I am their leader.”

  2. gerryf Says:

    No one pays attention to Sarah Palin except Sean Hannity and political blogs….

    As for the gist of this article, the NRO opinion could have been written about any of the GOP candidates: ….it would be a grave mistake for the party to make someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee.

    If they didn’t have candidates with poor judgment, they wouldn’t have any candidates at all….

  3. mdgeorge Says:

    I’m not sure I understand why any of the candidates would drop out. In a winner-take-all election like the actual presidential election, it certainly makes sense to have only one candidate on your side. But the primary is not winner-take-all….delegates can switch at the convention.

    Given that they have infinite bankrolls, and given the continuous rise and fall of every single non-Romney this cycle, I don’t see why any of the candidates would drop out. If I were in this race I’d collect as many delegates as I can and then use them to influence the ultimate result as much as possible.

  4. The Pajama Pundit Says:

    @mdgeorge: EXACTLY.

    I know that everyone thinks that Ron Paul is off of his rocker — but I think this is precisely why he is staying in the race for the nomination.

    Paul doesn’t want to win the election (necessarily). Rather, he wants to be able to shape policy — and have his (and his supporters’) voice heard.

  5. Agnostick Says:

    “Given that they have infinite bankrolls…while many people are still struggling to make ends meet, assuming they even have a job…

    What do you have left? A bunch of old white guys complaining about how bad the country is going, and how Obama will make it even worse… while they’re throwing gold nuggets at each other. That kind of image may not matter to individual candidates–but what kind of image does it leave the Republican party with?

    Ron Paul is the obvious financial outsider here. As if two busted marriages and a boatload of hypocrisy isn’t enough, now Newt has his very own sugar daddy to drag around. Oh wait, so does Santorum. So does Romney.

  6. khaki Says:

    @ mw: “My sense on Palin is that it is more important to her to pad her reputation for endorsing winners than it is to stick out her neck one inch for any particular candidate. ”

    Sure Palin is in it for Palin. But I think it’s more important for her to try to shape conditions so her supporters beg her to run. A settled primary doesn’t give her that. I think she fantasizes about a brokered convention where the base clamors for her, and she jumps to the front of the pack having avoided all the media glare of the primaries (with all those questions from the lamestream media also about reading newspapers and such also). I think she thinks if she could just give another scripted “lipstick on a bulldog” speech, she’d be relevant again.

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