So … who wants to tell Gingrich to get out?

posted at 9:15 am on March 15, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Plenty of people have told Newt Gingrich to get out of the Republican nomination race — in the media, on talk shows, and on blogs.  The Washington Post runs a story today headlined, “More Republicans calling for Newt Gingrich to leave GOP race,” and sure enough, more of them are, although the Post notes that “[t]here is no sign Gingrich is listening.”  Perhaps that’s because no one wants to tell Gingrich to his face to withdraw:

[Conservative activist Richard] Viguerie has no plans to make the case directly to Gingrich, and as of Wednesday, it was unclear whether anyone had. Several Republicans interviewed said there is a strong desire to give Gingrich the time he needs to make his own decision — and to afford him the respect due to a man who is considered a member of the family within the conservative movement. Santorum adviser John Brabender, for instance, said it is “premature” to talk about having conversations with the Gingrich camp — although he added that “we would be very interested in sitting down and talking, but that would be a decision for their campaign.”

One prominent conservative who spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss the matter candidly said an effort is underway to ask Texas Gov. Rick Perry to urge Gingrich to step aside. But Perry spokesman Ray Sullivan said Wednesday that the governor is grateful to two of his top supporters — Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal and Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback — for sticking with him during his waning days in the race and for letting Perry decide when to withdraw.

Perry will give Gingrich the same courtesy, Sullivan said.

Gingrich and his team spent yesterday explaining his new strategy, which was to combine up with Rick Santorum to deny Mitt Romney a majority of delegates and force a brokered convention.  The problem with that plan is that someone who only wins two or maybe three states won’t have a good case to make as the brokered choice at the convention.  Gingrich couldn’t even carry the conservative, Southern states that should have been his to claim; Santorum leads him 3-2 in the South.  If he wants the nomination through either the elections or a brokered convention, he needed to win those two states on Tuesday. If Gingrich just wants to deny Romney the nomination, he’d be better off backing Santorum and pulling out, and hope that his delegates go with Santorum at the convention.  The Post notes that without those delegates, Santorum would have to win 66% of the remaining delegates to get the nomination outright, which is unlikely; with Gingrich’s delegates, that drops to 56.5%, still high but more realistic.

Most of Gingrich’s efforts have come through his super-PAC and its main benefactor, Sheldon Adelson.  Yesterday we noted reports that Adelson has decided not to write any more checks for that effort, which would be fatal to Gingrich’s ability to stay on television and radio in states where he will compete in the future.  USA Today’s Jackie Kucinich followed up on that with a report that the super-PAC has made no media buys after March 11th:

Rick Tyler, a spokesman for pro-Gingrich super PAC Winning Our Future, told MSNBC by staying in the race Gingrich would help prevent Romney from getting the 1,144 delegates he needs to become the Republican nominee, causing a contested convention. The strategy is steeped in complicated procedures, and involves the candidate trying to win the nomination on the convention floor by courting uncommitted delegates through multiple ballots.

The process could also get expensive, a fact which could hinder the Gingrich campaign if donors do not see a path to victory for him.

Asked by USA TODAY on Wednesday where the super PAC planned to invest next, Tyler said the group was still in the process of deciding. Winning Our Future has not reported any media buys since March 11.

Perry probably has the right idea.  There are four more contests in the next nine days: Missouri (non-binding caucus), Puerto Rico, Illinois, and Louisiana.  Gingrich’s team will concentrate on the last two and hope for a miracle, albeit a very unlikely one.  After Louisiana there are no contests for the next ten days, a period in which Gingrich and his advisers can think clearly about their chances in the race and at a brokered convention, and whether Gingrich can do more in or out of the race.  I would expect no decision until after Louisiana, but if Gingrich can’t win one of those four contests, expect to hear something shortly after the 24th.  At that point, no one should have to tell Gingrich that it’s time to leave.


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It’s possible that Gingrich may push to be some kind of kingmaker at the Republican convention, should we have a brokered convention.

Doomberg on March 15, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Everyone except his supporters.

How hard was that to figure out?

listens2glenn on March 15, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Campaign donations are a clear indicator as to what one should do while campaigning. If one keep getting donations, one is being told to keep going, but vice-versa if donations dry up. So if Newt keeps getting donations, what else is he supposed to think?

Weebork on March 15, 2012 at 9:19 AM

The Conservative Movement is suicidal. We are running against Romney instead of the Marxist in the White House. Newt is a con man cashing in on the political turmoil. Get ready for another book from Newt when this is all over.

America will not survive 4 more years of One-bama.

NickDeringer on March 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM

So … who wants to tell Gingrich to get out?
Answer: Whoever wants to be next on his revenge hit list after Romney.

At this point why bother. If he can’t see what he is doing to himself then no one is going to be able to get through to him. And what he is doing is making himself a figure that no one who hopes to (or actually does) wins an election for a decade is going to want to be siding themselves with.

Betenoire on March 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Newt isn’t stupid, he will bow out when he gets his ducks in a row. He would rather be the kingmaker than allowing Santorum to do it and most importantly, he wants to leave with his brand in tact. If he’s going to get paid to speak and sell his books on TV and radio, he needs to figure out the best way to bow out with offending the least number of future customers.

AYNBLAND on March 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Can we give Romney an earpiece plugged into a mic handled by Newt?

BuckeyeSam on March 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Perhaps that’s because no one wants to tell Gingrich to his face to withdraw:

As Speaker Gingrich hangs on past all reason, it seems once again he is on the cutting edge.

He has re-defined the term, “Bitter Clinger”, and made it his own.

MessesWithTexas on March 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM

And why aren’t these same Republicans telling Paul to get out?

huckleberryfriend on March 15, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Something else I do not quite understand about the strategy of both Gingrich and Santorum to go all the way to a brokered convention. They must understand the huge risk and danger of not getting a nominee until the end of August, leaving Republicans with a general campaign for only two months, while Obama gets to have the general election all the way until then. Knowing the danger, why do they do this? Are their egos that %&@*! big?

Weebork on March 15, 2012 at 9:23 AM

I don’t exactly support the Newster, but I support his syphoning of votes from Santz. Also mittens blows….blah, blah, blah. Republicans are stupid.

DHChron on March 15, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Not me!!!
(for 7%)
…Hang in there Newt…!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM

So … who wants to tell Gingrich to get out?

Let’s rephrase the question to reflect the truth. Who want’s to adopt the ideology that “The End Justifies the Means” and strip Newt of his first amendment right to defeat Obama.

SWalker on March 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Perry will give Gingrich the same courtesy, Sullivan said.

:)

gophergirl on March 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM

T-paw?

thedevilinside on March 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I’ll tell him. Give me Newt’s phone number and we’ll have a nice long chat.

Nethicus on March 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM

The Conservative Movement is suicidal. We are running against Romney instead of the Marxist in the White House. Newt is a con man cashing in on the political turmoil. Get ready for another book from Newt when this is all over.

America will not survive 4 more years of One-bama.

NickDeringer on March 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM

As one of the resident Mitt defenders here, what you’ve said here is a bit hyperbolic. Newt is a bit of a con man but he’s a pol, most of them are. Most people aren’t “running against Romney” just those with the financial interest to gin that up, people are voting for or against Romney. Mostly for. The “America will not survive…Obama” line is the most troubling. America survived a Civil War, subsuquent World Wars, FDR, the 60′s on and on. Have a little more faith in our ability to overcome anything, including a moonbat President, we’ve had them before.

AYNBLAND on March 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM

RIcky and Newty both need to concede. They can denigrate Romney all they want, he still did better than both of them combined.

Time to go to work on Obama.

aniptofar on March 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM

I’m a Gingrich supporter. I’ve donated to the campaign. However, I’ve noticed that the phone calls asking for donations have stopped in the last week. I still receive one or two e-mails per day and that’s it.
My take is that the campaign is winding down.

LynnB74 on March 15, 2012 at 9:27 AM

And why aren’t these same Republicans telling Paul to get out?

huckleberryfriend on March 15, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Because they don’t think they can co-opt Paul’s voters.

rhombus on March 15, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Apparently, Gingrich wants Romney to be the nominee – he remains in this race for the sole purpose of pulling votes from Santorum and helping Romney win the nomination. Gingrich has completely lost his mind.

Pork-Chop on March 15, 2012 at 9:28 AM

I’ll tell him. Give me Newt’s phone number and we’ll have a nice long chat.

Nethicus on March 15, 2012 at 9:26 AM

Ooooh can I listen in? I want to hear him call you a gutless-RINO and then come up with some “profoundly” useless big idea.

rhombus on March 15, 2012 at 9:29 AM

And why aren’t these same Republicans telling Paul to get out?

huckleberryfriend on March 15, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Why should they, it’s not as if Paul was ever really in the race to begin with.

SWalker on March 15, 2012 at 9:29 AM

No one has to tell Gingrich to leave the race. His new staff can just do what his old staff did.

rogaineguy on March 15, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Who wants to tell Newt to get out? How about Sarah? You know, the one person who seems responsible for his still being in at this point….

Personally, I’m fine with him staying in and siphoning votes from Santorum.

Syzygy on March 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Santorum will beat Romney one on one anywhere in the south or midwest

liberal4life on March 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

And why aren’t these same Republicans telling Paul to get out?

huckleberryfriend on March 15, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Because he’s harmless and we love him. Have you seen his black Rockport shoes that he wears with all his suits? The man’s adorable.

BettyRuth on March 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

The Conservative Movement is suicidal. We are running against Romney instead of the Marxist in the White House. Newt is a con man cashing in on the political turmoil. Get ready for another book from Newt when this is all over.

America will not survive 4 more years of One-bama.

NickDeringer on March 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Here here!

V7_Sport on March 15, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Gingrich and his team spent yesterday explaining his new strategy, which was to combine up with Rick Santorum to deny Mitt Romney a majority of delegates and force a brokered convention.

And throw the general election to ObaMao. This is a tragic consequence of anti-Romney paranoia. A Molotov-Ribbentrop Pact such as this is abnormal (to say the least) for folks who claim to be “true” Conservatives.

cicerone on March 15, 2012 at 9:33 AM

Can we give Romney an earpiece plugged into a mic handled by Newt?

BuckeyeSam on March 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM

Heh. He’d still be unable to sell it without a charisma/passion transplant from someone (like, say, Palin) …

ShainS on March 15, 2012 at 9:34 AM

What’s the hurry? SOme astute observer said that, when the donations dry up, Newt will know it’s time to leave. Until then, let’s leave the Obama campaign trying to prepare a strategy for who they believe the nominee is, not who it ends up being. I’m sure they have a plan for the 3 at the top, since there’s a good chance one of them will be the nominee and the other could well be the vice-presidential nominee.

Obama’s divide and conquer machine will be right on it, with the help of their friends in the media, trying to destroy anyone we nominate so why give them a head start? I hope the Republicans get all the opposition research out there, before the Obama crowd, so there won’t be any October surprises.

bflat879 on March 15, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Hey Newt – Hang up the cleats Fat boy your GAME IS OVER. Go on a cruise with Helmet Hair and stop impeding the goal of defeating Obama in November.

IlonaE on March 15, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Santorum will beat Romney one on one anywhere in the south or midwest

libtard4life on March 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Results in Michigan and Ohio would indicate that, as usual, you have no clue.

cicerone on March 15, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Apparently, Gingrich wants Romney to be the nominee – he remains in this race for the sole purpose of pulling votes from Santorum and helping Romney win the nomination. Gingrich has completely lost his mind.

Pork-Chop on March 15, 2012 at 9:28 AM

There hasn’t been much speculation about it in the media, but I wonder if this Adelson guy has promised something other than PAC contributions for Newt to stay in. At this point I’m not thinking that a new Newt book or Tv gig is going to be very welcome with anyone but his die-hard fans.

BettyRuth on March 15, 2012 at 9:35 AM

The Conservative Movement is suicidal. We are running against Romney instead of the Marxist in the White House. Newt is a con man cashing in on the political turmoil. Get ready for another book from Newt when this is all over.

America will not survive 4 more years of One-bama.

NickDeringer on March 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Can’t wait till the republican marxist is in the whitehouse instead!

lorien1973 on March 15, 2012 at 9:35 AM

If Gingrich just wants to deny Romney the nomination, he’d be better off backing Santorum and pulling out, and hope that his delegates go with Santorum at the convention.

Do we really know this to be a fact? Does Newt want to deny Romney, or prevent Santorum from having a mathematical path to the nomination? At this point, Newt has to know his options are limited and (if he’s looking for a “microphone” at the convention), who’s better to hand him “the voice” / platform—-Santorum or Romney? Can anyone honestly say they can read Newt’s mind?

Rovin on March 15, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Stay in Newt, perhaps Romney will learn to concentrate on the issues per your instruction. Romney the snake concentrates more on his opponents than he does the issues. 2.50 a gallon gas is doable, keep it up Newton.

shar61 on March 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Newt has a better chance of being Romneys vp than santorum

gerrym51 on March 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM

If folks want Gingrich to get out, they should vote & donate accordingly.

Those actions are starting to weed out Ron Paul.

22044 on March 15, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Talk to the hand, says Newtie…

Philly on March 15, 2012 at 9:39 AM

The ONLY Republican that can get Newt to get out is SARAH PALIN. As long as Sarah wants Newt to keep going, there is anything anybody can do to get him out.

Just why are RINOs so eager to push Newt out? The remaining voters he is getting aren’t Santorum kind of voters. They don’t vote with their Faith, they vote with their pocket books. Rick Santorum is a big spending government guy (check his record) and his only appeal is to social conservatives. Most of the remaining Newt’s voters will not vote for Santorum.
Without Newt, Romney would have gotten more delegates in MS and Alabama. Without Newt, Romney would have gotten more delegates in GA and even win SC and GA.
Newt cleared the way for Santorum in Michigan and Ohio and he still lost…An active Newt would have taken a few delegates away from both Romney and Santorum which is what the brokered convention crowd wants.

Newt staying in the race will take votes from both Santorum and Romney. Newt out of the race will allow both Romney and Rick to get more delegates which advantages Romney…Without Newt, Romney can get to 1200 delegates because he will keep splitting votes with Santorum (like he did in MI and OH) and win the winner take all states where social conservatives aren’t that powerful (like CA and NE states).

Sarah Palin ants Newt to keep going so Newt will keep going.

jules on March 15, 2012 at 9:39 AM

Get out Newt. The only way to kill Mittens is to get out.

Southernblogger on March 15, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Results in Michigan and Ohio would indicate that, as usual, you have no clue.

cicerone on March 15, 2012 at 9:34 AM

Newt split the conservative vote with Santorum.

Romney won by 1% in Ohio

liberal4life on March 15, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Perry probably has the right idea. There are four more contests in the next nine days: Missouri (non-binding caucus), Puerto Rico, Illinois, and Louisiana. Gingrich’s team will concentrate on the last two and hope for a miracle, albeit a very unlikely one. After Louisiana there are no contests for the next ten days, a period in which Gingrich and his advisers can think clearly about their chances in the race and at a brokered convention, and whether Gingrich can do more in or out of the race. I would expect no decision until after Louisiana, but if Gingrich can’t win one of those four contests, expect to hear something shortly after the 24th. At that point, no one should have to tell Gingrich that it’s time to leave.

A bit OT: First, Missouri holds a “non-binding” primary, now it’s a “non-binding” caucus. Just when do they plan to decide something that is “binding”?

Bitter Clinger on March 15, 2012 at 9:40 AM

Newt, i love ya. and god knows i love Callista, but it’s probably time to exit. i want to see what those beta males can do once daddy newt leaves them both on the stage together.

GhoulAid on March 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Of the 4 people running for the Republican nomination only the one in 3rd place is being asked to leave.

Amadeus on March 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Santorum will beat Romney one on one anywhere in the south or midwest

libtard4life on March 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM
Results in Michigan and Ohio would indicate that, as usual, you have no clue.

cicerone on March 15, 2012 at 9:34 AM

lobotomy4life… I’m going to help you with your affliction…do you remember you said this yesterday?

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM

No offense Ed but why do you think Gingrich should listen to pundits and republican insiders that are afraid to say what they think with their names attached to their statements? What damage is being done to us to have Newt slinging policy?

He nailed the gas price deal weeks ago and has easily had the best response to the contraception kerfuffle.

DanMan on March 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM

This is why it’s a good thing Gingrich won’t be President. Too stubborn to listen to those around him or even to the facts, this is why he pushed ahead with ideas that simply don’t work (such as the couch sitting with Pelosi) even as those around him decried it as insane and stupid. He believed he was completely right, was not proven to be right in the end, and ultimately hurt his brand with such shenanigans.

He certainly does not see any issues with how the public and his (former?) fans see him after this contest is over.

Ukiah on March 15, 2012 at 9:43 AM

The Conservative Movement is suicidal. We are running against Romney instead of the Marxist in the White House. Newt is a con man cashing in on the political turmoil. Get ready for another book from Newt when this is all over.

America will not survive 4 more years of One-bama.

NickDeringer on March 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM

This is the primary season. Our candidates are supposed to be running against each other and letting the party choose its nominee. Despite the narrative that some would have you believe, there is still plenty of time to come together and mount a successful general election campaign against Barack Obama. This idea that the primary process needs to be done the day after Iowa has been pushed more and more in recent years, and it happens to be ridiculous.

Shump on March 15, 2012 at 9:43 AM

send Alan West to do the job. It’ll be a 30 second conversation.

West – a politician with balls in a party of eunuchs.

bloghooligan on March 15, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Santorum will beat Romney one on one anywhere in the south or midwest

libtard4life on March 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

Results in Michigan and Ohio would indicate that, as usual, you have no clue.

cicerone on March 15, 2012 at 9:34 AM

…lobotomy4life… I’m going to help you with your affliction…do you remember you said this yesterday?

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM

In libsquirrel4life’s defense, he/she did say “one-on-one”. Which hasn’t happened yet.

Bitter Clinger on March 15, 2012 at 9:46 AM

Newt Gingrich is not a role model for your children.

Fleuries on March 15, 2012 at 9:48 AM

Gingrich is best positioned for the general election. Santorum is too big government, big military.

Nexialist on March 15, 2012 at 9:48 AM

This is the primary season. Our candidates are supposed to be running against each other and letting the party choose its nominee. Despite the narrative that some would have you believe, there is still plenty of time to come together and mount a successful general election campaign against Barack Obama. This idea that the primary process needs to be done the day after Iowa has been pushed more and more in recent years, and it happens to be ridiculous.

Shump on March 15, 2012 at 9:43 AM

This.

Lost in Jersey on March 15, 2012 at 9:48 AM

At this point why bother.

Betenoire on March 15, 2012 at 9:21 AM

LOL

I’m so sick of this. Maybe, all the candidates should get out, lol.

I’m starting the Clean Slate Movement, or the Etch-a-Sketch Movement. Turn ‘em upside down and shake!

Fallon on March 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Newt split the conservative vote with Santorum.

Romney won by 1% in Ohio

liberal4life on March 15, 2012 at 9:40 AM

…you must play horseshoes in mom’s basement every day…and your rules must be fun!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2012 at 9:49 AM

Of the 4 people running for the Republican nomination only the one in 3rd place is being asked to leave.

Amadeus on March 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Kinda odd, huh?

Fallon on March 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM

This is the primary season. Our candidates are supposed to be running against each other and letting the party choose its nominee. Despite the narrative that some would have you believe, there is still plenty of time to come together and mount a successful general election campaign against Barack Obama. This idea that the primary process needs to be done the day after Iowa has been pushed more and more in recent years, and it happens to be ridiculous.

Shump on March 15, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Spot on

22044 on March 15, 2012 at 9:51 AM

It’s up to the primary voters to tell Newt to get out. Everyone keeps saying the Newt’s voters will go to Santorum, but I’m not so sure. If Newt’s voters know they hate Romney, but know that Newt can’t win, they should vote for Santorum, except they’re not.

SouthernGent on March 15, 2012 at 9:53 AM

Of the 4 people running for the Republican nomination only the one in 3rd place is being asked to leave.

Amadeus on March 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM

Since Paul isn’t really a Republican, is playing his own game, and at this point isn’t stealing very many votes, no one sees any gain in trying to get him to leave. He marches to his own drum. I think they hope they can appeal to Newt on the grounds that he is (mostly) not any of those things I mentioned about Paul.

Bitter Clinger on March 15, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Newt should get top dollar for his cooperation. The longer he waits, the bigger the payoff. It’s only right.

a capella on March 15, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Of the 4 people running for the Republican nomination only the one in 3rd place is being asked to leave.

Amadeus on March 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM
Kinda odd, huh?

Fallon on March 15, 2012 at 9:50 AM

…after EVERY primary!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2012 at 9:57 AM

Just find this guy…he’ll do it for free.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_G2vovE12tk

budfox on March 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

As Rush Limbaugh says, “the media and Obama will tell you who
they are afraid of”. Who are they running attack ads against
and who are they planting commentary, written and verbal, about getting out of the race? Right now they are afraid of Palin who
is not running and Newt.

Romney and Santorum, not so much.

Voters, I take back that your lazy behinds should research the
candidate records. You can also take the easy way out. Vote
the opposite of what Obama and the media want you to do.

Amjean on March 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Why not let McShame do it? No wait, he’ll get confused and screw it up like the Biden gaffs he’s made at a few campaign stops for Mitts this week. McShame was on Chicago radio this morning ripping Newt and Rick on earmarks. And I’ve heard a few other of Romney’s campaign commercials and apparently his strategy in IL this week is to diss his opponents which tells me nothing about why I should support Mitts and the negative campaigning is a definite turnoff.

So I’m saying they should all stay in until they think they can’t afford it or just can’t campaign anymore which is what letting this thing play out with the voters will tell them and that’s what the primary process was designed to do, so everyone else just shut up and let the voters have their say.

stukinIL4now on March 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

The Conservative Movement is suicidal. We are running against Romney instead of the Marxist in the White House. Newt is a con man cashing in on the political turmoil. Get ready for another book from Newt when this is all over.

America will not survive 4 more years of One-bama.

NickDeringer on March 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM

Sorry, but that post is one big non sequitur. You have failed to establish the premise that a brokered convention equals Obama winning.

fossten on March 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

Amjean on March 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The contrived War on Women was put into play because the donks are most afraid of Palin? LOL.

a capella on March 15, 2012 at 10:04 AM

So … who wants to tell Gingrich to get out?

Gingrich… and?

Gingrich… and?

Gingrich and Santorum.

Red Cloud on March 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Considering how many enemies Gingrich has, there’s no way he’ll win a brokered convention.

Mister Mets on March 15, 2012 at 10:05 AM

ED, why don’t YOU tell him.

I’m a Romney supporter but I don’t know if Gingrich getting out is good or bad for Romney. Seems to be conflicting polling on this.

LOL

gerrym51 on March 15, 2012 at 10:06 AM

Actually, Gingrich remaining in the contest will result in no candidate reaching 1,144. Do the math! Team Romney is afraid of this because, in Tampa, his allies will be small in numbers. The majority of Republicans don’t want Romney (Ron Paul supporters don’t count). Plus, I dare Team Romney to steal this nomination with the help of Ron Paul. This will all but guarantee the birth of a third party candidate. It’s time for Romney to drop out and understand; he is the reason the party is fractured.

jjnco73 on March 15, 2012 at 10:07 AM

stukinIL4now on March 15, 2012 at 10:02 AM

Heard him this morning, too. I was yelling at the radio, just “complete that danged fence!” That people keep allowing politicians to fool us over and over again is shameful.

Stuk, are you getting the barrage of campaign robo-calls? I’m already sick of them.

Fallon on March 15, 2012 at 10:08 AM

So, will our eventual nominee be singing this same song after Nov. I’d would have won if Obama had gotten out of the race. Grow up and start selling yourself to the voters.

Kissmygrits on March 15, 2012 at 10:11 AM

Who cares if it’s good or bad for Romney? The nominee should be able to win regardless of who is in.

Rusty Allen on March 15, 2012 at 10:13 AM

The Conservative Movement is suicidal. We are running against Romney instead of the Marxist in the White House.
NickDeringer on March 15, 2012 at 9:20 AM

How about Mitt? You think he is running against O? This is a fight for the republican nomination. I would have preferred if Newt was in Rick’s place right now. He is not. Let Republicans decide who they want as their nominee. At any rate… I prefer Newt or Rick over Romney. Will you buy a used car from Romney? What will Romney do as President? Nobody knows.

antisocial on March 15, 2012 at 10:18 AM

What a nightmare this is. We need to win this election like no other and my biggest fear is these clods are going to screw it up. If they DO screw it up and we get 4 more years of the loser in chief because they let their huge egos and bullheaded stubbornness get between winning or losing, it will (rightfully) make the GOP a laughing stock for decades.

Failure is not an option, and if the 3 of these toads can’t get together and figure out a way to win then they don’t deserve it anyway and we’re better off without them. Voters won’t forget their failure. Ever.

scalleywag on March 15, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Actually, Gingrich remaining in the contest will result in no candidate reaching 1,144. Do the math! Team Romney is afraid of this because, in Tampa, his allies will be small in numbers. The majority of Republicans don’t want Romney (Ron Paul supporters don’t count). Plus, I dare Team Romney to steal this nomination with the help of Ron Paul. This will all but guarantee the birth of a third party candidate. It’s time for Romney to drop out and understand; he is the reason the party is fractured.

But wouldn’t Gingrich getting out help Santorum? On its’s face value this would seem to be true. This proportional allocation of delegates-and congressional district stuff-and unallocated total if over 50 percent and proportional if under 50 percent gives me a headache.

gerrym51 on March 15, 2012 at 10:21 AM

Why doesn’t someone tell Mittbama to get out? He doesn’t have the support of the base. A vote for Mittbama is a vote for Obama.

Jayrae on March 15, 2012 at 10:22 AM

I think Newt is counting on The Reverend Santorum turning off the delegates in Tampa with his 19 century Victorian morality.

meci on March 15, 2012 at 10:22 AM

As Rush Limbaugh says, “the media and Obama will tell you who
they are afraid of”. Who are they running attack ads against
and who are they planting commentary, written and verbal, about getting out of the race? Right now they are afraid of Palin who
is not running and Newt.

Romney and Santorum, not so much.

Voters, I take back that your lazy behinds should research the
candidate records. You can also take the easy way out. Vote
the opposite of what Obama and the media want you to do.

Amjean on March 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Exactly, I will take this even further. In Huntsville Tuesday, two buses from a local church made there way to the polls with instructions (memo), vote for Mitt Romney. Do you want to guess there affiliation? They vote democrat 92%.

jjnco73 on March 15, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Interesting question…what would our chances be if Mitt dropped out? I don’t care who drops, really, I just want a win at this point.

scalleywag on March 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Someone correct me if I’m wrong, but aren’t there approx. 168 superdelegates who can vote for whomever they wish? If that is the case, and Romney is within 100 or so delegates, he will get enough to reach 1144. This is what put obama over the top in 08.

Ta111 on March 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM

If these are the numbers, why the heck should Newt get out?

Candidate Votes Thru 3/6 % Votes 3/10-3/13 % TOTAL %
Romney 3,238,971 39.2% 275,023 29.3% 3,513,994 38.2%
Santorum 2,082,469 25.2% 323,184 34.5% 2,405,653 26.1%
Gingrich 1,820,340 22.0% 273,927 29.2% 2,094,267 22.8%
Paul 926,245 11.2% 48,610 5.2% 974,855 10.6%

PhilipJames on March 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM

If these are the numbers, why the heck should Newt get out?

Candidate Votes Thru 3/6 % Votes 3/10-3/13 % TOTAL %
Romney 3,238,971 39.2% 275,023 29.3% 3,513,994 38.2%
Santorum 2,082,469 25.2% 323,184 34.5% 2,405,653 26.1%
Gingrich 1,820,340 22.0% 273,927 29.2% 2,094,267 22.8%
Paul 926,245 11.2% 48,610 5.2% 974,855 10.6%

PhilipJames on March 15, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Because the Mitwits are afraid Mitt won’t get 1144 if he doesn’t. Mitwit’s are like democrat’s, “The End Justifies the Means”.

SWalker on March 15, 2012 at 10:28 AM

It’s no guarantee if Gingrich gets out that Santorum necessarily benefits. Maybe Gingrich is trying to take it to a brokered convention where we get a Mulligan on this whole sucky field.

If Newt drops, Romney goes nu-ku-lar on Santorum free and clear, and, *gasp* maaaaaybe a big reason folks are supporting Gingrich instead of Santorum is because—oh, I don’t know, maybe SAAATAN? they don’t like Santorum. Maaaaybe the ABR is not strong enough to support Santorum, and they will pick Romney over Santorum.

BANG! No brokered convention, Romney wins by default. Romneybots celebrate, then wonder next week why they’re the only ones at GOP HQ stuffing envelopes.

Maybe, just maybe Gingrich is not necessarily trying to benefit himself. Maybe he has someone else in mind for the brokered convention. Say, someone who got out of the race awful fast and endorsed him….

Sekhmet on March 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM

Just sit right back and you’ll hear a tale,
A tale of a fateful trip
That started from this tropic port
Aboard this tiny ship.

Newt was a mighty ladies man,
The Texas gov brave and sure.
Five passengers set sail that day
For a 15 month campaign, a 15 month campaign.

The weather started getting rough,
Bachman, Tpaw, Cain and Perry were tossed,
If not for the courage of the remaining three
The party would be lost, the party would be lost.

The trio set ground on the shore of Tampa bay
With Sweater Vest
The Ladies man ,
The Mormon and his wife,
The gov turned reality star
The Rovester and courageous Ann,
Here on GOP Isle.

So this is the tale of the castways,
They’re here for a long, long time,
They’ll have to make the best of things,
It’s an uphill climb.

The first Mitt and santy too,
Will do their very best,
To make the others give up their delegates,
In the tropic island nest.

No condoms, no exes no evangelicals,
Not a single luxury,
Like Robinson Crusoe,
As primative as can be.

So join us here each week my freinds,
You’re sure to get a smile,
From seven stranded castways,
Here on GOP Isle.”

Bradky on March 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Raus, Newt! Raus schnell, Ich sage.

timberline on March 15, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Bradky on March 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM

Bravo! :)

scalleywag on March 15, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Gingrich staying in … which helps Romney … sounds like a team.

miraha on March 15, 2012 at 10:36 AM

Apparently, Romney is willing to bet the farm that conservatives will once again hold their nose and vote for him in November if he wins the nomination. I don’t think that is a safe bet. The story about Romney and Paul cooking up something together made me think, “How did we get to the point that a Libertarian and a Democrat are in charge of the Republican party?”. I can’t get over the feeling that Santorum is where he is because he was the last “not Romney” to be slimed, and not because he would really be a good President. I think Newt would be the best President out of the remaining four, but it doesn’t look good for him. I don’t see why he should drop out, and I hope he doesn’t. If Ron Paul can justify staying in just so he can speak at the convention or get the nominee to adopt part of his platform, why can’t Newt do the same?

Night Owl on March 15, 2012 at 10:39 AM

HANG IN THERE, NEWT !!!

stenwin77 on March 15, 2012 at 10:41 AM

So … who wants to tell RonPaul to get out?

Go run with that, Ed, and watch what happens. The RonpaulBots will start threatening to vote for 0bama … AGAIN.

DannoJyd on March 15, 2012 at 10:41 AM

why can’t Newt do the same?

Night Owl on March 15, 2012 at 10:39 AM

Because Newt staying in makes Mitwit’s have to change their depends more often.

SWalker on March 15, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Not me!!!
(for 7%)
…Hang in there Newt…!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Not me either. It is so hard for me to believe that media, deceitful Romney tactics, and a handful of Establishment RINO’s could cloud the rational vision of the Republican base. I can see no way for Newt to win the nomination, but I can see no way for Romney or Santorum to win the general election, an election in which Newt would clean Obozo’s clock. Quite the conundrum.

NOMOBO on March 15, 2012 at 10:46 AM

As Rush Limbaugh says, “the media and Obama will tell you who
they are afraid of”. Who are they running attack ads against
and who are they planting commentary, written and verbal, about getting out of the race? Right now they are afraid of Palin who
is not running and Newt.

Romney and Santorum, not so much.

Voters, I take back that your lazy behinds should research the
candidate records. You can also take the easy way out. Vote
the opposite of what Obama and the media want you to do.

Amjean on March 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

Good insight there.

Sarah Palin was/is savaged in the media/establishment; Newt was/is palinized.

IndeCon on March 15, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Not me!!!
(for 7%)
…Hang in there Newt…!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM

Not me either. It is so hard for me to believe that media, deceitful Romney tactics, and a handful of Establishment RINO’s could cloud the rational vision of the Republican base. I can see no way for Newt to win the nomination, but I can see no way for Romney or Santorum to win the general election, an election in which Newt would clean Obozo’s clock. Quite the conundrum.

Those damn blockquotes again! Too early in the morning for me.

NOMOBO on March 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

Newt, get out while you still have some dignity. It’s over.

Blue Collar Todd on March 15, 2012 at 10:48 AM

I am still trying to think thru Newts strategy to its final logical conclusion. So no, its not time yet, besides Newt is like a self employed man. Ultimately he is the only one to decide when. Think Rush.

Bmore on March 15, 2012 at 10:50 AM

Apparently, Romney is willing to bet the farm that conservatives will once again hold their nose and vote for him in November if he wins the nomination. I don’t think that is a safe bet. The story about Romney and Paul cooking up something together made me think, “How did we get to the point that a Libertarian and a Democrat are in charge of the Republican party?”. I can’t get over the feeling that Santorum is where he is because he was the last “not Romney” to be slimed, and not because he would really be a good President. I think Newt would be the best President out of the remaining four, but it doesn’t look good for him. I don’t see why he should drop out, and I hope he doesn’t. If Ron Paul can justify staying in just so he can speak at the convention or get the nominee to adopt part of his platform, why can’t Newt do the same?

Night Owl on March 15, 2012 at 10:39 AM

I think Newt would be the best President out of the remaining four

^^Exactly why Newt’s been savaged by the establishment/media. No doubt he’s the best candidate.

IndeCon on March 15, 2012 at 10:53 AM

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