Skip to comments.Gingrich Forges Ahead As A Spoiler [Red State's Erick Erickson: "Time for Newt Gingrich To Exit"]
Posted on 03/16/2012 9:52:44 PM PDT by Steelfish
Gingrich Forges Ahead As A Spoiler
By Daniel Malloy and Katie Leslie The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
CHICAGO -- Newt Gingrich has unabashedly taken on the role of spoiler in the Republican presidential nomination contest, as a pair of losses in Tuesdays Deep South primaries cemented his position on the margins of the race.
Appearing on a radio show Wednesday morning in Chicago, Gingrich talked about the results in Alabama and Mississippi -- where he came in second to former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania -- as if he and Santorum were a kind of conservative tag team.
Between the two of us last night we got two-thirds of the delegates that were available, Gingrich said. Romney I think had his front-runner status deeply weakened when he could only get about one-third of the delegates that were available. And I think that theres a fairly good likelihood that were going to end the nominating process in June with no one having an absolute majority, and that will be one of the most interesting 60-day discussions weve ever had.
Gingrich said he believed such an outcome would lead to a wild brokered convention.
It really could be a very open, very creative convention, he said.
That is not the way Team Santorum sees it. Tuesday night on CNN, Santorum spokeswoman Alice Stewart said Gingrich should absolutely drop out to allow for a two-man race between her candidate and Romney.
Georgia-based conservative talk radio host Erick Erickson joined the dropout chorus Wednesday morning, writing on the RedState blog: It is time for Newt Gingrich to exit.
Gingrichs final act could be king maker by getting out and endorsing," Erickson wrote, "but pride cometh before the fall.
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CNN Eric Erikson-2 faced lying personality.
Steelfish, you are acting like a hack.... please..stop it..
Newt’s not going anywhere. I guess you didn’t read the post that I wrote to you about Gallup’s polling data. Gingrich gets out and Romney benefits where Ricky loses faster.
Gingrich is not a spoiler, except for Romney.
The polls are now showing half of his supporters would go to Romney, which would mean that Romney takes it.
Gingrich needs to STAY.
We must stop blaming the messenger. The message is clear. Gingrich’s “southern strategy” is now in ashes. We need to all back Santorum and stop Romney. That’s how I and yes, several anti-Romnians now see it. We are calling the shots as we see it. Calling us “hacks” etc does no good to your candidate. This is Gingrich’s leading home-paper echoing many conservatives including quite a few FReepers.
Yes RS, I did review you and you make some good points except the national poll is quite different from exit polling data in the actual state contests that show Gingrich’s supporters would go 57% to Santorum had he not been in the race.
Looks like that paper is a liberal rag...
"Gallup can simulate Republican preferences without Gingrich in the race by removing Gingrich votes and reassigning them to his voters' second-choice candidate. The results of this procedure suggest that national GOP preferences would change little if Gingrich dropped out. The reconfigured preferences show Romney getting 40% of the vote and Santorum getting 33%."
Newt is Not leaving..
Newt supporters want Newt in the race. Can't you see that?
If Mitt or Rick falls, Newt is there. Put your support with a reformer.
Steel, my friend, have you thought this through, thoroughly? If Newt leaves, he gives no more speeches on policy. And if he stops giving speeches, how will Rick know what to say??
Time of Erick Erickson to differ his last name from his first!
Yes, it’s not called the Atlanta Urinal Constitution for nothing.
Bravo Erick. Nailed it.
How’s Lil’ Ricky doing in IL?
I think Erickson is worried that Santorum might take the nomination if Newt stays in.
And that he’s come to the conclusion that Romney would be better than Santorum. (Note: this is what I think is *HIS* reasoning for the call.)
Gingrich makes an absolutely FANTASTIC argument when he says that his staying in FORCES the Romney forces to split their negative character assassination advertising efforts. That need (to not focus his negative advertising) eliminates the potential for Romney to continue to take a “rifle shot” approach (to eliminate the leading conservative opposition) and is making Romney’s negative campaigning less effective—actually, IMHO, it’s becoming non effective and probably counter-effective.
So keep it up Newt and let’s take it to the convention in Tampa where “family business can be settled”. I think this all is driving Mitts & his operatives slightly manic. And that’s a joy for me to behold!
Newt again gets Obama to respond.
"Without mentioning Gingrich, Obama said: There is no such thing as a quick fix when it comes to high gas prices. Theres no silver bullet. Anybody who tells you otherwise isnt really looking for a solution -- theyre trying to ride the political wave of the moment.
The president also mocked a lot of the folks who are running for a certain office -- who shall go unnamed -- for ridiculing alternative energy sources. They make jokes about biofuels, he said. They must have been founding members of the Flat Earth Society.
Gingrich, who has pummeled Obama mercilessly for touting algae as a possible fuel source, retorted that Obama apparently belongs to the Flat Earth Sierra Club Society.
I dont ridicule biofuels. I support biofuels, he said. The idea that algae is a solution this summer is a fantasy, and he knows that its a fantasy. "
Ricky needs Newt's leadership. :-)