Skip to comments.Time for Newt to Do the Honorable Thing [First NRO, now American Spectator Calls Him To Withdraw]
Posted on 02/14/2012 6:00:37 PM PST by Steelfish
Time for Newt to Do the Honorable Thing By DAVID CATRON on 2.14.12
Gingrich can perform one last service for the GOP, drop out and endorse Santorum.
About a week after his surprising victory in the South Carolina primary, Newt Gingrich did an interview with ABC News, most of which he devoted to complaints about the tactics Mitt Romney was using against him in Florida: "We have not been as effective in telling the truth as he has been in running ads which have had to be pulled because they were so inaccurate." His most notable remark, however, was a thinly veiled hint that Rick Santorum, who at that time had failed to gain any momentum from his caucus win in Iowa, should drop out of the race for the GOP presidential nomination: "The conservatives clearly are rejecting Romney. He is nowhere near getting a majority. The fact is, when you combine the Santorum vote and the Gingrich vote... the conservative combined would clearly beat Romney."
Santorum failed to heed the former Speaker's suggestion, of course, and it's unlikely that he regrets that decision. He has since won three more upset victories in Missouri, Colorado, and Minnesota. Santorum now ranks second in delegates and trounces Mitt Romney in the latest national survey conducted by Public Policy Polling (PPP): "Rick Santorum has opened up a wide lead in PPP's newest national poll. He's at 38% to 23% for Mitt Romney, 17% for Newt Gingrich, and 13% for Ron Paul." PPP has thus anointed Santorum the "consensus conservative candidate."
Meanwhile, Gingrich has floundered. He has not merely failed to add any fresh victories to his single South Carolina win, his showings in the most recent state contests correspond with the percentage he received in the PPP poll.
(Excerpt) Read more at spectator.org ...
Time for Newt to do the honorable thing and declare he’s staying on through the entire rest of the primary because he’s the ONLY CONSERVATIVE OF THE BUNCH!
We have no one to carry the torch other than him. No one else will try to reign in the spending or fix the courts.
It is time for
TO PULL OUT.
If there’s one thing I learned from Santorum backers, it’s that we need both candidates in the race in case one of them collapses for good.
They were swearing to this, and I will take them at their word.
If Newt and Rick announced an alliance and themselves as a ticket.
Romney would be toast.
Funny, I have cancelled long time subscriptions to both the American Spectator and the National Review in the last few years.
Romney should withdraw.
Fiscal Conservatives have no choice other than Newt.
Perry Asks Bundlers To Raise For Gingrich
I don’t trust the motivation or political intelligence behind either of these organizations or anybody else calling for this right now.
Mitt must be stopped at any cost.
IF either one of the remaining conservative candidates drop out it just makes it easier for Mitt to focus his dirty campaign tactics on the remaining conservative candidate.
I’m not a Newt supporter, but let me remind everyone that McCain lost 16 states. None of these guys, except for the show pony Paul is out of it.
I hope Newt keeps his word, and sticks this out to the end, and somehow ends up winning the nomination, and the election. What Newt has to offer are serious well-thought concrete solutions to the mess we are in. I just don’t see Mr. Santorum as having the depth of Mr. Gingrich, and I don’t quite understand his appeal. What exactly is it that makes him number one these days? (Still a Santorum candidacy is okay with me.)
Now that his big money backer is openly admitting to helping Newt only as a means of helping Romney, Newt needs to do something.
>>If Mr. Gingrich could afford to continue campaigning, one of those people said, he might be able to draw off conservative and evangelical voters from Mr. Santorum, improving the chances of Mitt Romney, who Mr. Adelson believes has a better chance to win November’s general election.<<
Likewise for the appeasing surrender monkey, Ron Paul. He's long since gone from being a mildly-amusing crazy uncle to certifiably insane. Thankfully he has no chance of getting nominated but he wastes valuable time and space in debates.
Newt is going no where. There is no “honor” in his dropping out. They will just have to keep their panties in a wad.
There will be daily articles calling for Newt to get out and when Newt comes back there will be daily articles calling for Rick to get out...
They have all ready started gushing about the horrors of a brokered convention..Paul is stuffing it with his delegates, Jeb will emerge from the smokey back room blah blah blah...
If conservatives want a conservative president they need to tell the establishment to flip off and do everything they can to make sure Romney does not get the nomination.
Having Newt and Santorum in the race does not split the conservative vote it keeps Romney from taking the nomination from the Conservatives
Furthermore, all I want to concentrate on now is being positive, kicking Romney's ass (figuratively speaking), and racking up as many states and delegates into the "Game On! / Fear The Vest" camp's (Sen. Rick Santorum) column as possible, heading into Tampa. Furthermore, we need an airtight, tough, Conservative, Tea Party-flavored GOP 2012 Convention Platform. I assume the drafting is being done as we talk over at the RNC. I bet they are screwing it up. We are going to have do do all kinds of re-writes in Platform Committee meetings with Santorum as the standard bearer. Job One.
From a Gingrich Team Insider:
Evans: How Gingrich Wins the GOP Nomination
Whether you are for Newt or not, it is an interesting read.
Unknown - Maryland 37
Newt - Texas 155
RINO - Wash D.C. 19
Newt - Wisconsin 42 (Calista's family lives in Wisconsin. Bout time Wisconsin had a First Lady in the White House.
RINO - Connecticut 28
RINO - Delaware 17
RINO - New York 95
Newt - Pennsylvania 72
RINO - Rhode Island 19
Newt - Indiana 46
Newt - North Carolina 55
Newt - West Virginia 31
Newt - Nebraska 35
Newt - Oregon 29
Newt - Arkansas 36
Newt - Kentucky 45
Newt OWNS most of March, April and May. Newt has no reason to drop out.
Go NEWT !!!
Who’s the “Mike Huckabee” of the 2012 election? Staying in long enough to screw any chances of even a semi-conservative getting the nod? Is it Newt or Santorum?
I think the spoiler is Newt.
By staying in, he makes Santorum a better candidate.
Go Newt! NEVER GIVE UP. We the People are counting on you to stand strong.
Who did Huckabee keep from being nominated?
Georgia and Texas are going to vote and choose Newt Gingrich as the next President of the United States in the Primary.
Newt for the WIN !
Same here - long time subscriber to National Review - just canceled today....
Romney’s group is running negative ads in Ohio non-stop, against Newt. Losing Gingrich would be a devastating blow to this country and I pray people take the time to realize the depth of hs man.
Newt will win Georgia and Texas.
Newt is not going to withdraw. He has Todd Palin, Chuck Norris, Fred Thompson, Dick Cheney, Herman Cain and stealth Sarah Palin campaigning for him.
Those listed above are Conservatives.
Newt for the WIN !!! Santorum could possibly be VP. But if Rick S continues to attack Newt, he should not be VP.
Rick is disgusting when he attacks Newt. Dick Cheney supports Newt.
Let the voters decide but it would be nice if Newt quits channeling his inner femininst.
That’s what I was thinking. I wouldn’t be disappointed and I wouldn’t care which one was at the top. I just don’t want Romney who is Obama-lite.....AND to show the establishment Republicans that we can pick our own candidate. I just bet that 4 years ago they told Mittens that it was McLame’s turn and this time he would get the nomination.....I just bet it happened like so many times before. Screw them!!
Better late than never......:)
That was before Newt was tanking. He’s un-favorability readings are now in the cellar, momentum slowed to a halt, money all but dried up, and leading conservative publications demanding that he withdraws from the race. And in some national polls he’s standing down to 11%. Time to wake up to the new reality.
Pro-big government Santorum in 2005: they have this idea that people should be left alone, be able to do whatever they want to do. Government should keep our taxes down and keep our regulation low and that we shouldnt get involved in the bedroom, we shouldnt get involved in cultural issues, you know, people should do whatever they want. Well, that is not how traditional conservatives view the world, and I think most conservatives understand that individuals cant go it alone...
American Spectator can bug off.
Enlighten me please. How coud this possibly be the “most notable” comment from Newt and specifically, how could it even remotely be interpreted as a “thinly veiled” hint that Santorum drop out.”
“conservatives clearly are rejecting Romney. He is nowhere near getting a majority. The fact is, when you combine the Santorum vote and the Gingrich vote... the conservative combined would clearly beat Romney.”
Rush and Mark Levin are going for Santorum. Sarah missed her chance of not jumping in. Her’s is now (unfortunately) a faded star.
The survey also shows Santorum beating Gingrich by large margins among “very conservative” Republicans as well as Tea Partiers and Evangelicals.
Even more ominously, PPP speculates as follows about the nature of the GOP race absent the former Speaker: “If Gingrich dropped out 58% of his supporters say they would move to Santorum, while 22% would go to Romney and 17% to Paul. Santorum gets to 50% in the Newt free field to 28% for Romney.”
And it gets worse. PPP released a survey yesterday showing Santorum pulling ahead in the upcoming Michigan primary, with Newt coming in dead last. “Rick Santorum’s taken a large lead in Michigan’s upcoming Republican primary. He’s at 39% to 24% for Mitt Romney, 12% for Ron Paul, and 11% for Newt Gingrich.”
You keep slamming Gingrich, and now you want to go after Palin?
You might just get some of us here started to focus on Santorum.
Many of us have not been doing the kind of research that we have done during the years on Mitt Romney, but with you hammering Gingrich AND Palin, you are very likely to stimulate a Santorum anal probe and constant discussion of those findings, that you would not like to see.
No slamming anyone- just laying down the facts as they are today. I too once stood up and applauded for Gingrich. But that was then, this is now. We need to follow the ground game and not simply hew to “our” guy.
Fine, you want to take on Gingrich and now Governor Palin, then it seems there is no reason to lay off Santorum, or Romneylite as he is thought of here.
Any candidates people who want to attack Palin are revealing themselves as less than conservative.
Newt should NOT drop out or even indicate that he might. The road is long and he has the sort of political stamina that I think Romney and Santorum lack.
Newt is a lot of things, but he is by far the best candidate (since Rick Perry) that we have in the race. If y’all want to back someone who will know what to do on day one in the Oval office, support Newt Gingerich. There is no time for training wheels.
I agree, Gingrich is a conservative warrior, and a conservative who has earned his place in the history books.
“If theres one thing I learned from Santorum backers, its that we need both candidates in the race in case one of them collapses for good.”
I agree. Romney’s slime machine has a lot of money. But it will be taxed handling both Santorum and Gingrich. Eventually, one will become the conservative choice. But we need to wait and see how Santorum will stand up to 65 negative ads by Romney, most containing lies and distortions, for every one ad Santorum can run. It’s pretty easy to run up the negatives on an underfunded candidate like Santorum. Romney’s philosophy seems to be, “I may have high negatives; but I’m going to make sure that if you don’t nominate me, no one else can beat Obama either. So you’d better nominate me.”
Ironically, the only candidate Romney won’t slime is Obama. Of course, you could run truthful negative ads about Obama all year long and never run out of material starting with Bill Ayers, stop at the disaster Zero has engineered in the middle east and the gross spending, and ending with Obama’s explicit hostility to Christians. Romney won’t do that either.
The R establishment is desperate to avoid an election that is about issues. Romney is the guy for that. Were it about issues, then there would be pressure on them to deliver.
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