Gingrich: Alabama and Mississippi aren’t must-wins for me

posted at 2:15 pm on March 10, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Perhaps the fact that the question had to be asked at all speaks for Newt Gingrich’s precarious status in the race:

Spurning calls for him to get out, Newt Gingrich insisted Friday that he’ll stay in the race for the Republican presidential nomination even if he loses two Southern primaries next week.

“I think there’s a fair chance we’ll win,” the former House speaker told The Associated Press about the contests Tuesday in Alabama and Mississippi. “But I just want to set this to rest once and for all. We’re going to Tampa.”

Gingrich said he intended to campaign all the way to the Republican National Convention in August, regardless of whether he has won the 1,144 delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

His comments contradicted assertions by a key aide that Gingrich must win both states to remain viable.

Asked if he must win the pair, Gingrich replied: “No.”

On one level, this is standard campaign spin. No candidate will set himself up for failure by imposing a public timeline on his withdrawal.  It would make him as serious as, say, a Commander in Chief who declared that he would only fight a war to a certain calendar date.  It’s a recipe for a crisis in confidence on the part of voters, and especially on the part of donors.

Realistically, however, the campaign aide has it right.  Gingrich has only won two contests in this primary fight, one of which was his own nominal home state, and both of which are in the South.  He came in third in the only other Southern state to hold a primary (Tennessee), and he’s not even strongly competing outside of the region.  If he can’t win Alabama or Mississippi, there aren’t many paths for Gingrich to the nomination — and if he loses both, especially to Mitt Romney, there aren’t any at all.  His only hope in losing both will be that Rick Santorum wins them instead of Romney, and then unexpectedly implodes immediately afterward.


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A personal vendetta against Mitt.

Period. The. End.

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

If that were true he’d drop out and campaign for Santorum.

EddieC on March 10, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Wyoming Caucus Results 44% counted

Romney 47%
Santorum 34%
Paul 7%
Gingrich 0%

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Yup. If you look at a lot at some of these states, Romney loses out to Santorum, but in the general election polls, he actually does better than Santorum.

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 3:17 PM

Romney has far better name id than Santorum now. If Santorum became the nominee that would quickly change.

This says a lot when Mitt does not spend his time or millions on an election Santorum gets 55% of the vote. When Mitt does spend both he gets 40% mostly. It is very remarkable that Santorum has done any where as well as he has. Almost a miracle.

Santorum could win the election just like he won the contraception madness. Romney has no chance.

As far as Catholics most attend two days a year and do so for reason of tradition. They consistently vote very liberal. Thus Mitt the Liberal Moderate would naturally get their votes. Unlike Mormons that are bigots and vote only for Mormons.

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM

A personal vendetta against Mitt.

Period. The. End.

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

I think that it goes deeper than that. He wants a speaking role at the convention, and a spot in the administration.

ghostwriter on March 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM

This week he just gave Newt a bunch of dough. He never, quietly, or otherwise, turned the spigot off. Read the article before you make things look Mitt-advantageous.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 3:13 PM

http://www.commentarymagazine.com/2012/02/10/adelson-gingrich-gop-race/

And read Ed’s take after the surprise second 10 millions

http://hotair.com/archives/2012/02/17/breaking-adelson-gives-gingrich-backing-super-pac-another-10-million/

Until now, people had operated from the assumption that Adelson had decided to hold off on any more interventions. Why the change? It can’t be that Newt Gingrich’s position has improved, because it hasn’t. He’s dropped steadily downward since Florida, and Rick Santorum has charged into the lead nationally while Gingrich has faded to the second tier.

Keeping Gingrich alive for another few weeks means preventing a conservative consolidation before Super Tuesday — and that seems to be Adelson’s motive. Two days ago, the Wall Street Journal reported that Adelson had become concerned with Santorum’s rise in the primaries:

In a bit of political chess, Mr. Adelson is ready to not only directly support the former House speaker in the Republican primary, but to use his cash to push Rick Santorum from his position atop the latest national polls, according to people who have discussed the matter with Mr. Adelson.

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.

galtani on March 10, 2012 at 3:37 PM

Maybe Newt will quit if he loses his real home state. The place where he grew up…and Rick Santorum…and Ron Paul.

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on March 10, 2012 at 3:37 PM

diogenes on March 10, 2012 at 3:30 PM

Hang in there, Romney is counting on it.

Gingrich SC Campaign Director Defects to Romney

NickDeringer on March 10, 2012 at 3:37 PM

He gets the delegates but Romney picks up 18 from last night and also while RS is concentrating on MS and AL Samoa and HI also offer 29 delegates…so Romney may sweep all 4 States.

Bottom line is that as RS picks up possibly 40 here, it is only a net gain of about 22 because of Romney’s 18 last night and what will also get from WY today. This is why the MATH is against RS and NG.

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Yes, the delegates on Tuesday will be proportional in very close races expect maybe HI…

So today is a day for RS, bc he does have net gain in delegates, I was just repsonding to you r original comment that MR will get more delegates than RS today…

Also, this whole delegate thing might not matter…

Here is why, when and if Newt drops out, we will get a good head to head of MR vs RS…

Whoever wins the head to head lets say 7 states in a row or 8 out 9 states, will become the nominee…

Now if they go head to head and it’s split decision, then we have to go to the cards…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

Romney has far better name id than Santorum now. If Santorum became the nominee that would quickly change.

This says a lot when Mitt does not spend his time or millions on an election Santorum gets 55% of the vote. When Mitt does spend both he gets 40% mostly. It is very remarkable that Santorum has done any where as well as he has. Almost a miracle.

Santorum could win the election just like he won the contraception madness. Romney has no chance.

As far as Catholics most attend two days a year and do so for reason of tradition. They consistently vote very liberal. Thus Mitt the Liberal Moderate would naturally get their votes. Unlike Mormons that are bigots and vote only for Mormons.

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM

If you realized to what I was responding, you would realize that I was talking about the fact that even if Romney doesn’t win the evangelical states in the primaries, no need to fear because he still fares very well in those states in the general election polls.

And if Mormons were bigots and would vote only for Mormons as you suggest then how come they overwhelmingly voted for Bush both times and McCain in their general election campaigns? Are Bush and McCain closet Mormons or something?

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

…The reason why the political elite ruling class on both sides don’t want Newt to win, or even stay in the race, is because he knows what agencies, bureaucracies, policies, regulations, lobbyists, and departments that have caused the problems we are facing today down to the individuals…

Seven Percent Solution on March 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

I’m sorry but this just sounds like a conspiracy theory to me. Occams Razor: the simplest explanation is usually the best one. Newt isn’t an outsider, any more than Santorum is an outsider. They are both card-carrying members of “the establishment”. The Republican establishment doesn’t want Newt, because his speakership was chaotic, and because Newt has approval polls dating back to 1994 in which he is deeply unpopular. He would not be a good candidate in terms of actually winning the election (as opposed to kicking Obama’s ass in the debates, which I’m sure that Newt could do). The Pepublican establishement cares about winning, and they don’t believe that he can win, or govern if he did.

ghostwriter on March 10, 2012 at 3:43 PM

WY 100% in
Delegates
Romney 12
Santorum 7
Paul 6
Gingrich 1

EddieC on March 10, 2012 at 3:45 PM

He gets the delegates but Romney picks up 18 from last night and also while RS is concentrating on MS and AL Samoa and HI also offer 29 delegates…so Romney may sweep all 4 States.

Bottom line is that as RS picks up possibly 40 here, it is only a net gain of about 22 because of Romney’s 18 last night and what will also get from WY today. This is why the MATH is against RS and NG.

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

I don’t know about Romney doing in Hawaii what he did in Micronesia but for today you’re leaving out the US Virgin Islands who also caucus today and have nine delegates. If Mitt wins there like he did in Guam and the Northern Marianas then even if Santorum wins all 40 delegates from Kansas he will only have a net gain of 13 before Wyoming does whatever it does.

alchemist19 on March 10, 2012 at 3:46 PM

Santorum could win the election just like he won the contraception madness. Romney has no chance.

As far as Catholics most attend two days a year and do so for reason of tradition. They consistently vote very liberal. Thus Mitt the Liberal Moderate would naturally get their votes. Unlike Mormons that are bigots and vote only for Mormons.

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 3:36 PM

Congratulations! You managed to be 100% wrong.

cicerone on March 10, 2012 at 3:47 PM

WY 100% in
Delegates
Romney 12
Santorum 7
Paul 6
Gingrich 1

Where did you get the info, I am only seeing 60% counted thanks…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 3:28 PM

Yes, the delegates on Tuesday will be proportional in very close races expect maybe HI…

So today is a day for RS, bc he does have net gain in delegates, I was just repsonding to you r original comment that MR will get more delegates than RS today…

Also, this whole delegate thing might not matter…

Here is why, when and if Newt drops out, we will get a good head to head of MR vs RS…

Whoever wins the head to head lets say 7 states in a row or 8 out 9 states, will become the nominee…

Now if they go head to head and it’s split decision, then we have to go to the cards…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 3:38 PM

MG…
do not write off Hawaii as you may have…It votes Democrat BUT in a Republican primary Hawaii has a LARGE Mormon population over there with BYU-Hawaii campus and many Polynesians are LDS and likely to vote for Romney.

State AL MS HI AS TOTAL
Delegates 50 40 20 9 119

So Romney will still haul in quite a few in another mini-Super Tuesday for him.

The race is essentially over, and as a Romney supporter, I truly am not saying that arrogantly as those of you who know me and my posts I am not that way…but just mathematically it is over as we continue to move forward. Sure, there will be States that RS wins but on that same day he wins Romney wins the other 2 States that same day.

We need to start focusing on Obama as it is going to be a bruising fight. What do you think?

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I hope he stays. He’s the only one out there saying what needs to be said. And at this point I don’t see how Santorum is any better than Romney because of the union issue.

Rose on March 10, 2012 at 2:25 PM

I hope the voters will realize that MItt facing Obama there isn’t much differences ,he has not convinced me yet as to why Romneycare is better than O”care and he still is have not denounced it, this is a big issue against him.
Santorum says things even if they are right but his personality is so annoying ,he is so unlikable that standing next to Obama that charmed half of the country will not win .
We don’t know what was in the documents that were destroyed by Mitt’s staff after he left MA,
Santo. may have issues that will come out soon by the Dems so :

HANG IN THERE NEWT

evergreenland on March 10, 2012 at 3:51 PM

And if Mormons were bigots and would vote only for Mormons as you suggest then how come they overwhelmingly voted for Bush both times and McCain in their general election campaigns? Are Bush and McCain closet Mormons or something?

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 3:42 PM

No Mormon to vote for.

Mormons do vote in large numbers. 25% in Nevada and in far higher percentages everywhere. But they voted for Bush and McCain in far smaller percentages than they are voting for Mitt.

They are bigots because they will vote for a Mormon solely because he is a Mormon. They will not even consider any one else if a Mormon is running. I know I am LDS. I know many that will not even consider anyone but Mitt because and only because he is Mormon. But some voted for Obama and Gore.

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM

How many politicians have won their party’s nomination after winning only South Carolina and Georgia?

LMFAO.

Resist We Much on March 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM

I think Romney will be fine in going after Obama…

Mitt Romney: Obama Movie Producer Should Talk to the Millions of Unemployed Americans
March 9, 2012

“Well I have some suggestions for the President and for the producer. First of all, talk to the 24 million Americans that are out of work or underemployed in this country. And, by the way, you could talk to some of the young ones like those two in that second row there, that got hit with $15.5 trillion of debt. This president has put in place almost as much public debt as all the prior presidents combined. Talk to them. And then how about our soldiers coming home that can’t find work. You could talk to them as well. And how about the folks that are having a hard time filling up their car because of the price of gasoline. It’s doubled under this president.” – Mitt Romney

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Where did you get the info, I am only seeing 60% counted thanks…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM

Google and NYT are only showing 61 percent in. It’s entirely too premature to call Wyoming for Romney. However, it looks like Santorum has won big in Kansas.

ghostwriter on March 10, 2012 at 3:56 PM

No Mormon to vote for.

Mormons do vote in large numbers. 25% in Nevada and in far higher percentages everywhere. But they voted for Bush and McCain in far smaller percentages than they are voting for Mitt.

They are bigots because they will vote for a Mormon solely because he is a Mormon. They will not even consider any one else if a Mormon is running. I know I am LDS. I know many that will not even consider anyone but Mitt because and only because he is Mormon. But some voted for Obama and Gore.

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Umm this is true of any voting bloc especially when one of their own, for the first time, actually has a chance of winning such a high office. I don’t know why this is surprising to you. It doesn’t make them bigoted. If they were bigoted, then they would stay home for non-Mormons but that clearly hasn’t happened. I’m not LDS and even I don’t fault them for that. They’re excited about one of their own potentially becoming President. Big deal.

GOPRanknFile on March 10, 2012 at 3:57 PM

Where did you get the info, I am only seeing 60% counted thanks…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 3:49 PM

I thought I heard that their voting goes on until 6:00 this evening.

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 3:58 PM

They are bigots because they will vote for a Mormon solely because he is a Mormon. They will not even consider any one else if a Mormon is running. I know I am LDS. I know many that will not even consider anyone but Mitt because and only because he is Mormon. But some voted for Obama and Gore.

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Check your dictionary. Supporting somebody because he has a similar background doesn’t make them bigots.

ghostwriter on March 10, 2012 at 3:58 PM

Mormons do vote in large numbers. 25% in Nevada and in far higher percentages everywhere. But they voted for Bush and McCain in far smaller percentages than they are voting for Mitt.

They are bigots because they will vote for a Mormon solely because he is a Mormon. They will not even consider any one else if a Mormon is running. I know I am LDS. I know many that will not even consider anyone but Mitt because and only because he is Mormon. But some voted for Obama and Gore.

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 3:53 PM

That is RIDICULOUS…and I am LDS. I am voting for Romney because of his Economic and private sector experience. His resume is far and above better than the other candidates for what is NEEDED AT THIS TIME. Mormons are not bigots. I guess that is why Harry Reid is in office as well? We just blindly follow them because they are Mormon?

Steve, I think you need to go see the Bishop because you’ve definitely been smoking something… :o)

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Santorum says things even if they are right but his personality is so annoying ,he is so unlikable that standing next to Obama that charmed half of the country will not win .

evergreenland on March 10, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Rick is getting better. I so wish that someone else were viable this year but wishing does no good.

But I have little doubt Santorum can beat Obama. Obama is disliked by a majority of Americans and Rick can really hit Obama on Obama Care and it’s usurping of all authority over our lives. Rick has no problem calling Islam out for the evil it is as well. Mitt can do neither of these or won’t.

Newt had me till his Moon Colony idea. It was literally insane. I love reading about the Space Program and know it is hugely expensive to send a Rocket into space. Only a tether could solve this problem if and this is a huge if it is even feasible. Had he come out for a prize for that fine. Without it a Moon Colony is impossible unless you spent tens of Trillions of dollars on it. We do not have that kind of money that Newt thought we did is not a sane proposition. That he would propose it with no idea of the cost makes me believe he would do the same thing as President. Insanity.

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 4:04 PM

MG…
do not write off Hawaii as you may have…It votes Democrat BUT in a Republican primary Hawaii has a LARGE Mormon population over there with BYU-Hawaii campus and many Polynesians are LDS and likely to vote for Romney.

State AL MS HI AS TOTAL
Delegates 50 40 20 9 119

So Romney will still haul in quite a few in another mini-Super Tuesday for him.

The race is essentially over, and as a Romney supporter, I truly am not saying that arrogantly as those of you who know me and my posts I am not that way…but just mathematically it is over as we continue to move forward. Sure, there will be States that RS wins but on that same day he wins Romney wins the other 2 States that same day.

We need to start focusing on Obama as it is going to be a bruising fight. What do you think?

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I was saying Romney was going to HI easily…

I also think we should have a head to head and let the best man win…

I think Romney supporters are scared of a head to head to due the fact the only evidence is Missouri beauty contest where Romney lost by 30 points…

I think that either Santorum or Romeny can beat Obama and pretty easily lets say 54 to 46…

And I think a long primary lets say until June or July is not a bad thing, Obama and Hilary beat each other up right until mid June…

In fact it’s keeps the candidate kind of fresh, like how Green Bay Packers got stale as their starters didn’t play for 3 weeks, I want our team to be ready…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 4:04 PM

But I have little doubt Santorum can beat Obama. Obama is disliked by a majority of Americans…

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Not true. Do you have any polling information on Obama’s personal favorability (not his job approval) that shows Americans don’t like him? If so, it would be the first that I’ve heard of it.

ghostwriter on March 10, 2012 at 4:11 PM

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 3:50 PM

I’m not voting for Mitt when my turn comes later this month but I am fine with him as the nominee and will vote for him in November. You can doubt me on this because I’m not going for your guy but I don’t think the long, contested primary is such a bad thing.

I can read polls and do math so I know that barring a catastrophic collapse that Romney will be the nominee, but for as long as the media pretends the issue is in doubt and keeps on with the hours of election night coverage then we’re getting a lot of free publicity. All this month the Republican Party gets an extended informercial on all the cable nets once a week at no cost and everyone pays attenion when Mitt delivers a victory speech where he hammers Obama. That is a good thing. If the primary were no longer contested then that would go away. Just a couple days ago Axelrod or someone else from the Bamster’s campaign was complaining about how we’re sucking up all the oxygen. I don’t see why we should be in a big hurry to give it back.

The only thing is I would like to see Mitt go more positive to build his own image, or do more spots like he did with the one where he was driving the car in Michigan. Build his own image, hammer Obama some and milk it until the media figures out what he’s up to.

alchemist19 on March 10, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Read this well.

That is RIDICULOUS…and I am LDS. I am voting for Romney because of his Economic and private sector experience. His resume is far and above better than the other candidates for what is NEEDED AT THIS TIME. Mormons are not bigots. I guess that is why Harry Reid is in office as well? We just blindly follow them because they are Mormon?

Steve, I think you need to go see the Bishop because you’ve definitely been smoking something… :o)

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 4:01 PM

Here is a typical Mormon Bigot telling me because I do not like Mitt and Reid (he did win) I should repent or must be smoking something.

Reid is invited to speak at Mormon Churches all the time. My folks listened to him sometimes when they lived in Silverspring MD. Why does he win Neveda? Is it Mormons?

I am LDS but although the church is true it as well as all churches has it’s share of imperfect members. The church does not say vote for Mormons. It will take no position. But it does teach that in the last days a Mormon President will save the Nation. No leader has even hinted this would be Mitt though.

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Gingrich & Santorum need to sit down and talk about teaming up against Rove, Coulter, Krauthammer, Clear Channel, Fox News, and Romney if the people are going to have any chance to win

apocalypse on March 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

That is RIDICULOUS…and I am LDS. I am voting for Romney because of his Economic and private sector experience. His resume is far and above better than the other candidates for what is NEEDED AT THIS TIME. Mormons are not bigots. I guess that is why Harry Reid is in office as well? We just blindly follow them because they are Mormon?

Steve, I think you need to go see the Bishop because you’ve definitely been smoking something… :o)

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 4:01 PM

It will be interesting to see if Reid or any other prominent Democrats stick up for Romney against anti-Mormon bigotry. I really doubt it in Reid’s case, because he seems like such a political opportunist.

ghostwriter on March 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

I was saying Romney was going to HI easily…

I also think we should have a head to head and let the best man win…

I think Romney supporters are scared of a head to head to due the fact the only evidence is Missouri beauty contest where Romney lost by 30 points…

I think that either Santorum or Romeny can beat Obama and pretty easily lets say 54 to 46…

And I think a long primary lets say until June or July is not a bad thing, Obama and Hilary beat each other up right until mid June…

In fact it’s keeps the candidate kind of fresh, like how Green Bay Packers got stale as their starters didn’t play for 3 weeks, I want our team to be ready…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 4:04 PM

Sorry misread the Hawaii comment…As far as Missouri, Romney did not really compete there or CO and MN as he was gearing up for MI and AZ. He did spend time in CO and yes, he lost in these states, but he also picked up delegates in CO, MO technically is still in unbounded territory till next week and MN he lost those. Romney has dominated everywhere else though or at least picked up delegates in every state but MN. Puerto Rico has 23 delegates there he’ll likely get with the backing of the Governor there and as someone mentioned the USVI…

The math is just more and more difficult for any of them to become the nominee. This is something Romney saw in 2008 and could have stayed in like Huckabee did but I thought Romney did what was good for the Party then and dropped out so McCain could “TRY” to focus on Obama.

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 4:04 PM

So one idea that was out of the realm of reality causes you to throw the baby with the bath water?
I think he has had very good conservative ideas and he acted on them that they won the house after 40 years, I think he is the strongest candidate that is why he is made fun off and completely dismissed this is a plan by the dems so Obama does not have to face him and the Republicans are falling for it to their detriment.

evergreenland on March 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

It seems to me that anybody making crass generalizations like “all Mormons are bigots” is a… bigot himself.

ghostwriter on March 10, 2012 at 4:19 PM

alchemist19 on March 10, 2012 at 4:12 PM

Alchemist19…
I respect your decision and I, too, would back ANY of our nominees in Nov to get Obama out.

I think once we get into the General you’ll see more of what you referencing from Romney. I think his campaign believes that he needs to show what the other candidate has done or NOT done to show his differences. This is true to a point but I agree he could show some more policy, past successes of Staples, Domino’s, etc or family type ads about himself.

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 4:20 PM

Here is a typical Mormon Bigot telling me because I do not like Mitt and Reid (he did win) I should repent or must be smoking something.

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

That is idiotic! I did not even know you did NOT like Romney as I was commenting on your bigot comment and Mormons and YET you call me a “typical Mormon bigot”…

I think you are projecting here and question how “active” of a Mormon you are because of the way you speak about the Church. I do not care who you support or not in the election cycle, however, do not paint Mormons as bigots as they exist in every race, culture, creed, etc and not exclusively a Mormon thing.

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 4:24 PM

It will be interesting to see if Reid or any other prominent Democrats stick up for Romney against anti-Mormon bigotry. I really doubt it in Reid’s case, because he seems like such a political opportunist.

ghostwriter on March 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Agreed…

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM

A personal vendetta against Mitt.

Period. The. End.

JPeterman on March 10, 2012 at 3:32 PM

Sorry, that’s not it. As pointed out above, he could vent that by endorsing and campaigning for Santorum.

Gingrich only ran in the first place to hype book sales, speaking fees, and consulting jobs. Why would he drop out now? He might still get a speech in Tampa, more free advertising.

Plus, once his mammoth ego got a taste of being a contender, even for a short time, he can’t let it go. As long as he’s able to pick up a few delegates here and there and raise money for his campaign fund, he’s staying in. It’s not about winning the nomination; it’s about being Newt.

Adjoran on March 10, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Newt has a well-thought-out platform of ideas that need to be hammered into the American voters’ consciousness. I want him to run and get that message out. He needs to repeatedly put Obama on the defensive because Obama’s vision for the nation is indefensible and downright harmful.

onlineanalyst on March 10, 2012 at 4:33 PM

Kansas

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 4:34 PM

onlineanalyst on March 10, 2012 at 4:33 PM

He’s doing just that, because no one else is.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM

evergreenland on March 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

That was the deal breaker and you are not defending it. But it was not just the idea but the way he presented it. He said we should do something big like the Moon Shot (Kennedy did that to politicize science). Now if Newt is a Historian why is it that FDR, Wilson, Kennedy, Teddy Rosevelt and on and on are his heroes? These were all Democrats. Sure he pays lip service to Regan but again and again he uses examples of what Democrats did in office.

I also got to know Santorum better. Santorum is steady. He does not change positions for political expedience. He also grows over time meaning he can grow to understand why mistakes he made were mistakes. Quite a contrast to the arrogant Mitt and Newt.

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 4:36 PM

The couple reportedly made another “significant contribution” to the group this week to help finance Gingrich’s Super Tuesday comeback.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 4:38 PM

evergreenland on March 10, 2012 at 4:16 PM

Newt was great as the attack dog bomb-throwing back bencher, but we only won in the end in 1994 because of the House Bank scandal where Democrats had kited hundreds of checks. Newt’s 26 bounces paled in comparison to some of them.

AND he did a good job putting together the Contract and getting those items to a vote in the first 100 days as promised. After that, he was a lousy Speaker, ineffective and indecisive and constantly drawing attention to himself in a negative way. He mishandled the government shutdown completely – we ended up giving Clinton only miniscule spending increases, but were viewed as the villains thanks to Newt’s big ego.

That’s why conservative members started plotting against him even in 1996, and eventually threw him out – not because of the ethics mess, but because he was incompetent and untrustworthy.

All Gingrich’s “big ideas” went back in the steamer trunk, and he quit rather than serve as a Committee Chairman instead of Speaker. Instead of going home to Georgia, he stayed in DC and began a career peddling influence (having carefully drafted the laws on lobbying so he wasn’t technically a lobbyist).

He’s no outsider, and he’s no friend to conservatives. He’s a backstabbing self-promoter who is about as faithful to his colleagues as he was to his wives (and there are tons of scandals that never came out).

Adjoran on March 10, 2012 at 4:39 PM

Kansas

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 4:34 PM

It’s a good win for RS.

However, (you knew that was coming, right?) he mainly wins Caucuses and not the bigger prizes of the Primaries. BUT they ALL count as Delegates so, again, good for him.

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Plus, once his mammoth ego got a taste of being a contender, even for a short time, he can’t let it go. As long as he’s able to pick up a few delegates here and there and raise money for his campaign fund, he’s staying in. It’s not about winning the nomination; it’s about being Newt.

Adjoran on March 10, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Glad he can get richer.

But staying in assures Mitt wins. If he really cared about what he is saying he would drop out and give Rick Santorum a real shot.

But I am wrongly assuming that us peons have a say. In reality this is a fixed game. Mitt gets nomination because some group of establishment elites decided it was his turn. We have absolutely no say. They just entertain us like in ancient Rome.

Unfortunately they seem to want to take us into a dictatorship and we are doing nothing about it.

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 4:45 PM

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Don’t care for any of them.

Be well.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 4:46 PM

Someone needs to get Newt a cup of coffee, stat!

DoubleClutchin on March 10, 2012 at 4:52 PM

Seven Percent Solution on March 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.
We see eye to eye on why Newt is formidable.

onlineanalyst on March 10, 2012 at 4:59 PM

Newt is on par for the night coming in last place, again…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 4:59 PM

AND he did a good job putting together the Contract and getting those items to a vote in the first 100 days as promised. After that, he was a lousy Speaker, ineffective and indecisive and constantly drawing attention to himself in a negative way. He mishandled the government shutdown completely – we ended up giving Clinton only miniscule spending increases, but were viewed as the villains thanks to Newt’s big ego.

That’s why conservative members started plotting against him even in 1996, and eventually threw him out – not because of the ethics mess, but because he was incompetent and untrustworthy.

Much more Mitt lies deleted

Adjoran on March 10, 2012 at 4:39 PM

I am not for Newt because his heroes are Democrats but this is total garbage.

Newt was the first Republican Speaker in fourty years and he worked very very hard to get there. He was hugely successful. Contract with America was only the start. He got the unthinkable at the time Welfare Reform into law and many many other conservative ideas.

McConel, McCain and several other RINO’s were Newts primary opponents but Nancy and the Democrats left no stone unturned in destroying Newt. The investigations were all totally bogus and he was eventually cleared of every single one. But because it takes a majority to pass things and many “Republicans” were voting with the Democrats it eventually became impossible for Newt to be effective. Many of the Republicans only went along with Newt on conservative ideas to get elected once elected they became very liberal pigs only caring about how much federal money they could bring home. Newt left in discuss with what Washington really was. Both parties were corrupt and both were all about bringing home the pork.

But when Newt ran for President he proved too damaged by the Washington experience. He researched effective Presidents and they were all Democrats that he came to love. He failed to see Regans brilliance but easily saw FDR, Hoover, Wilson and many others as effective Presidents. Unfortunately Newt seemed to forget they were effective at implementing bigger government and restricting God given rights. As he seemed to desire to become like them he was no longer Conservative just pretend Conservative.

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 5:04 PM

Gingrich & Santorum need to sit down and talk about teaming up against Rove, Coulter, Krauthammer, Clear Channel, Fox News, and Romney if the people are going to have any chance to win

apocalypse on March 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Isn’t it amazing how so many previously trustworthy (we thought) conservative voices have been corrupted by the big money establishment? Clear Channel definitely is keeping their talkers in line for Romney. Fox News is blatantly biased for Romney and palinizes his most threatening opponents.

I no longer watch or listen to most of the news sources you cited, and do my own research.

I don’t know about a Gingrich/Santorum partnership though. Newt is ready to fight the establishment big govt policies/regulations and make drastic cuts in programs and spending. But, I’m not sure that Rick is of that same mind. His record reads like he’s a big govt, union supporter.

IndeCon on March 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

HANG IN THERE NEWT

evergreenland on March 10, 2012 at 3:51 PM

Newt and his supporters are so bullheaded (delusional might be a better word) that they refuse to realize that he fares worst against Obama in virtually every poll and also does worst of all GOP candidates in the states that are up for grabs.

Outside of South Carolina and Georgia, he has been third or fourth in every primary caucus. Newt had an embarassing 7% in Michigan.

bw222 on March 10, 2012 at 5:44 PM

To paraphrase the haunted house from The Amityville Horror…”Newt. Get oouuuut.”

curved space on March 10, 2012 at 5:53 PM

Now if Newt is a Historian why is it that FDR, Wilson, Kennedy, Teddy Rosevelt and on and on are his heroes? These were all Democrats.

FYI, Teddy Roosevelt was a Republican.

Newt’s affinity for Democrat rulers bothers me, too, but you have to fight the battle with the generals you have, not the ones you wish you had.

Let’s hope his admiration for the Democrat collectivist types has to do with their ability to persuade people rather than with their tendency to treat us like animals rather than like Free People.

fadetogray on March 10, 2012 at 6:09 PM

How many more third or fourth place finishes does Gingrich need, before he gets a clue? Why is Gingrich still running?

Pork-Chop on March 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

It will be interesting to see if Reid or any other prominent Democrats stick up for Romney against anti-Mormon bigotry. I really doubt it in Reid’s case, because he seems like such a political opportunist.

ghostwriter on March 10, 2012 at 4:15 PM

Agreed…

g2825m on March 10, 2012 at 4:26 PM

…he’s Mormon like Nancy Pelosi is Catholic!

KOOLAID2 on March 10, 2012 at 6:44 PM

How many more third or fourth place finishes does Gingrich need, before he gets a clue? Why is Gingrich still running?

Pork-Chop on March 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

The only reason Gingrich finishes third or fourth is because there are only four candidates left. If there were seven or eight ….

All Newt is doing is assuring Romney’s nomination.

bw222 on March 10, 2012 at 6:46 PM

If Santorum and Newt were united, they would still be getting beaten by Romney. The only way either of them is going to win is if they take votes away from Romney. If they just go after eachother’s votes, they lose.

fadetogray on March 10, 2012 at 6:56 PM

Why is Gingrich still running?

Pork-Chop on March 10, 2012 at 6:38 PM

Asked and answered.

Seven Percent Solution on March 10, 2012 at 3:23 PM

ShainS on March 10, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Spurning calls for him to get out, Newt Gingrich insisted Friday that he’ll stay in the race for the Republican presidential nomination even if he loses two Southern primaries next week

Perhaps it is time to be less polite. What the hell will it take to get this unelectable idiot out of the race?

Happy Nomad on March 10, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Pro forma. Newt will be suspending shortly.

minnesoter on March 10, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Stay in Newt! you’re Santz cryptonite – that’s a good thing.

DHChron on March 10, 2012 at 8:19 PM

He’s Jewish, and some Jews have a problem with Evangelicals. The same way if noticed there were quite a few Mormons supporting Mitt even though Mitt has been “pro-choice” and been a self described Progressive. Sometimes people support people based on religious convictions and not on policy.

PappyD61 on March 10, 2012 at 3:15 PM

so you are the genius who figured out the jewish conspiracy huh? somehow the Jew supporting CATHOLIC Gingrich against CATHOLIC Santorum is secretly just against “evangelicals” now..

thanks for clearing that up, bigot…

AirForceCane on March 10, 2012 at 8:20 PM

David Axelrod would destroy Santorum in 72 hours and then move in for the down-ballot kill; House would flip back to Pelosi.

This election MUST be about Obama. Santorum’s repeated asinine remarks and policy positions would put him on defense for 60 days after Labor Day. Obama has the Rose Garden, Santorum would have the tabloids. Santorum would never get a chance to say anything constructive; he will be defending his opposition to gays, contraception, abortion every day. People will tune out and be disgusted by September. You want to see a HISTORIC gender gap? Nominate Santorum.

Then there is the matter of Santorum’s voting record in Congress, which compounds the disaster Santorum would create. The GOP should NEVER nominate a senator, because their congressional voting record gets dissected and distorted. Every post WW II senator nominated by the GOP (Goldwater, Dole, McCain) LOST the election. When the GOP nominates a governor (Reagan, Bush 43) or a vp (Nixon, Bush 41), we WIN.

Want 4 more years of Obama? Nominate Santorum.

matthew8787 on March 10, 2012 at 9:16 PM

“fat white wall tire”

-Michael Savage of Gingrich

nparga23 on March 10, 2012 at 9:51 PM

I’m for this guy.

Schadenfreude on March 10, 2012 at 10:22 PM

Romney won US Virgins Island

So delegates count from today

Romney
Guam 9
Northern Marianas 9 Total 36
Wyoming 7
Virgin Islands 7
Kansas 3

Santorum

Kansas 33
Wyoming 3 Total 36

So Santorum’s much hyped one caucus win today gave him no net gain in delegate counts.

galtani on March 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Math Correction
Romney’s delegate haul from today 35, Santorum 36.
So Santorum did narrow the delegate count margin by 1.

galtani on March 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM

I know this for sure, Florida and Arizona are supposed to be proportional according to RNC rules, so if this thing does get down to the wire the delegates from those supposed winner take all states will probably be taken away from Romney…

http://www.gop.com/images/legal/2008_RULES_Adopted.pdf

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 11:15 PM

Romney won US Virgins Island

So delegates count from today

Romney
Guam 9
Northern Marianas 9 Total 36
Wyoming 7
Virgin Islands 7
Kansas 3

Santorum

Kansas 33
Wyoming 3 Total 36

So Santorum’s much hyped one caucus win today gave him no net gain in delegate counts.

galtani on March 10, 2012 at 10:29 PM

Only 6 delegates were awarded today out of Wyoming, you can’t win delegates twice, so your math is off…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 11:17 PM

My bad, 12 delegates were awarded today put of Wyoming…

MGardner on March 10, 2012 at 11:21 PM

Math Correction
Romney’s delegate haul from today 35, Santorum 36.
So Santorum did narrow the delegate count margin by 1.

galtani on March 10, 2012 at 10:40 PM

I incorrectly entered 3 delegates for Romney in Kansas when he got 7. So the correct figure of today’s count is Romney 39, and Santorum 36.

Sorry for the sloppiness, I had to go to several sites earlier to get results for Wyoming and Virgin Islands, and mixed up the numbers of Santorum’s 3 delegates from Wyoming and placed that under Romney’s haul from Kansas.

galtani on March 10, 2012 at 11:53 PM

But I am wrongly assuming that us peons have a say. In reality this is a fixed game. Mitt gets nomination because some group of establishment elites decided it was his turn. We have absolutely no say. They just entertain us like in ancient Rome.

Unfortunately they seem to want to take us into a dictatorship and we are doing nothing about it.

Steveangell on March 10, 2012 at 4:45 PM

Sorry, but you are completely full of crapola.

The Republican Party has the most open and democratic process of any political party in history, including the Democratic Party. They reserve 20% of their convention delegate seats for officeholders, party bosses, activists, etc., while we only give those seats to a few Party people and actual elected officeholders, which averages around 7% of the total.

WHO has shoved anyone down our throats? Only the voters. The voters are so far choosing Romney by a very significant margin. Has anyone been forced to vote for anyone? Supply your evidence of it!

You don’t have to like the voters’ verdict, but you should not defame your fellow Republicans by implying there is something wrong with their choice. After all, maybe there is just something wrong with you, instead.

Adjoran on March 11, 2012 at 1:17 AM

He is terrified of being irrelevant, his poor ego is just too high strung.

ray on March 11, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Gingrich & Santorum need to sit down and talk about teaming up against Rove, Coulter, Krauthammer, Clear Channel, Fox News, and Romney if the people are going to have any chance to win

apocalypse on March 10, 2012 at 4:14 PM

Isn’t it amazing how so many previously trustworthy (we thought) conservative voices have been corrupted by the big money establishment?

IndeCon on March 10, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Decent people have an obligation to expose the conflict of interest

Clear Channel definitely is keeping their talkers in line for Romney. Fox News is blatantly biased for Romney and palinizes his most threatening opponents.

Fox News celebrities wanna hold on to their high-paying jobs

I no longer watch or listen to most of the news sources you cited, and do my own research.

Much respect for being a free thinker

I don’t know about a Gingrich/Santorum partnership though. Newt is ready to fight the establishment big govt policies/regulations and make drastic cuts in programs and spending. But, I’m not sure that Rick is of that same mind. His record reads like he’s a big govt, union supporter.

Here’s the thing: Rick Santorum or Newt Gingrich would be better than Mitt Romney as President so they need to stop attacking each other (supporters incl.) and work something out because time is running out. I think Santorum’s more conservative than Gingrich and a better friend to Israel (very important) and has the better chance to beat Romney and Obama in the general. Peace.

apocalypse on March 11, 2012 at 4:21 PM

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