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

liberal4life on March 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

You said it, so it must be a LIE!

Gunlock Bill on March 15, 2012 at 10:58 AM

Who knows what Gingrich’s reasoning is? It could simply be, as alluded to above, “if you can’t be president, be a power-broker”. Or it could be that he has so much (and not just money) invested in his campaign, that he can no longer see clearly.

Scriptor on March 15, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Um, does anyone else think we should be focused on taking the Senate? That way stinky can’t get ANY radical stuff done.

mmcnamer1 on March 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Gingrich couldn’t even carry the conservative, Southern states that should have been his to claim; Santorum leads him 3-2 in the South.

That’s nonsense, there’s little correlation between a Republican candidate’s performance in a four-way primary and how that Republican would do against little Bammie in a general.

slickwillie2001 on March 15, 2012 at 11:07 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

The ABRtards are losing their minds.

LOL!!!

Gunlock Bill on March 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

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

And yet, Romney is WINNING!!!

Gunlock Bill on March 15, 2012 at 11:11 AM

Um, does anyone else think we should be focused on taking the Senate? That way stinky can’t get ANY radical stuff done.

mmcnamer1 on March 15, 2012 at 11:03 AM

Yeah, right. The way this president has been running roughshod over the whole quaint notion of “separation of powers” it won’t matter if 100% of the senators and representatives are republican or libertarian or actual conservatives. The man is a juggernaut of destruction and he doesn’t give a damn about the proper role of the executive vs the legislative branches of government. Pffft. Nope. The only hope we have is to defeat this maniac in November.

I still believe Newt is the only one up there who can utterly destroy Obama in a debate and who would be the best president, given how much he is hated by both the DNC and RNC. I like it that they don’t like him.

Yesterday, I thought maybe it was time for him to exit. Today, I’m of the opposite opinion. Yep, call me Mitt. ;-)

Stick around Newt! I’m still with ya.

totherightofthem on March 15, 2012 at 11:13 AM

Newt has much to say and at times it is not said by the others. He does not have enough delegates to stop Santorum right now or the media’s front runner. There is zero chance for victory for him, but he takes the Mitt money used against him personally [too personally perhaps]. He will eventually write another book and relate himself to history. His response to that money and Mitt was his downfall.

democratsarefools on March 15, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Given how topsy-turvy the GOP primary has been, why does anyone say that Newt should get out? If anyone is in strategic trouble, it is Mitt Romney.

Newt should stay in. His substantive performance on the issues is vastly superior to the other candidates. Newt is the best debater. Newt has real conservative accomplishments. Newt represents real change in Washington DC.

Romney cannot close the deal, despite his spending tens of millions of dollars that Newt and Santorum do not have, because Romney is not a real conservative. Romney has only served one term as Governor of Massachusetts, and enacted during that term was RomneyCare, which is socialized medicine at the state level and the precursor to ObamaCare. Also, at that time, Romney was adamantly pro-abortion rights. Romney did not run for a second term as Governor, as he had a 35% approval/65% disapproval rating at the end of his first term.

At a time when we need to be challenging Obama on ideological grounds, some people are calling for the one Republican candidate who can wage ideological warfare at a high intellectual level to get out of the race, and leave the GOP race to a Massachusetts moderate and a Pennsylvania Big Labor, big spending social conservative. That makes no sense whatsoever.

Phil Byler on March 15, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Newt should stay in. His substantive performance on the issues is vastly superior to the other candidates. Newt is the best debater. Newt has real conservative accomplishments. Newt represents real change in Washington DC.

Phil Byler on March 15, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Agree with you that Newt is superb in debates. However, I’ll have to disagree that he has been vastly superior to the others. Santorum absolutely eviscerated Romney in the debates on Romneycare and was clearly very knowledgeable about all the aspects of that law. Santorum is also more knowledgeable than any of the others currently running on national security issues.

KickandSwimMom on March 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM

Why the hell doesn’t somebody tell Ron Paul to get out?

ultracon on March 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM

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

KOOLAID2 on March 15, 2012 at 9:24 AM

:)

Thanx…

… Hang in there Newt!!!

Seven Percent Solution on March 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM

Go Newt!!!!

rubberneck on March 15, 2012 at 11:58 AM

huckleberryfriend on March 15, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Exactly. How much of Pauls support would go to Gingrich..we don’t know but we do know that if more than half then Missippi and ALabama could very easily have been his.

RedLizard64 on March 15, 2012 at 11:59 AM

If Newt gets out of the race there won’t be anyone left for me to vote for.

Don’t give up, Newt!!

Rose on March 15, 2012 at 12:10 PM

The biggest from for Santorum is there will come a point in time when the math shows it’s impossible for him to acquire enough delegates. The more delegates Newt Gingrich takes from Santorum, the closer that date will come. At that point Santorum’s only argument to stay in is a contested convention. He will face a huge backlash within the establishment. Not to mention from republican donors.

rubberneck on March 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM

I meant the biggest for Santorum….lousy no edit button…

rubberneck on March 15, 2012 at 12:12 PM

How much of Pauls support would go to Cthulu?
RedLizard64 on March 15, 2012 at 11:59 AM

101%.

CorporatePiggy on March 15, 2012 at 12:17 PM

Raus, Newt! Raus schnell, Ich sage.

timberline on March 15, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Is that supposed to be German?

Gelsomina on March 15, 2012 at 12:19 PM

shar61 on March 15, 2012 at 9:37 AM

You said it!!!

DanMan on March 15, 2012 at 9:41 AM

YEP!~!

Amjean on March 15, 2012 at 9:59 AM

The analysis that most HA readers miss.

Sekhmet on March 15, 2012 at 10:30 AM

It’s a thought isn’t it? Funny how most people forget that Pawlenty got out and through his support to Romney, Bachmann got out and through her suppor to Santorum I think…but Gingich was endorsed by two fairly solid conservatives…Perry and Caine!

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

Agreed!!!

RedLizard64 on March 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM

The reason Newt needs to stay in is Santorum’s never ending quest to peep in your bedroom. Of course Hot Gas is not covering this cause they have their nose of Santy’s arse.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/14/vigorous-santorum-crackdown-may-catch-internet-porn-viewers-with-pants-down/

rubberneck on March 15, 2012 at 12:24 PM

That’s Right!!! None of these big talkers have the “guts” to ask Newt to his face because they are all weasels. If these candidates can’t take Newt’s voters honestly they should’nt be calling for him to drop out. Man up!!!!!

Tn.-Vol on March 15, 2012 at 12:28 PM

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

Now, that’s just crazy talk. Newt needs to cut a deal with Mitt to get one of his daughters named as VP.

/ ( <— Really, do I need this?)

Fallon on March 15, 2012 at 12:29 PM

The reason Newt needs to stay in is Santorum’s never ending quest to peep in your bedroom. Of course Hot Gas is not covering this cause they have their nose of Santy’s arse.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/14/vigorous-santorum-crackdown-may-catch-internet-porn-viewers-with-pants-down/

rubberneck on March 15, 2012 at 12:24 PM

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Good point…Santorum is a total loser and whiner…Obama would wipe the floor…

georgealbert on March 15, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Newt is the best debater. Newt has real conservative accomplishments. Newt represents real change in Washington DC.

Phil Byler on March 15, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Agree with you that Newt is superb in debates. However, I’ll have to disagree that he has been vastly superior to the others.

KickandSwimMom on March 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM

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Newt was a career politician for 30 years and rode Reagan’s coattails for any of his presumed accomplishments. Once the curtain got pulled back, he had to resign his post.

The Rominator thrashed Newton Leroy in the last debate. The Newt super-debater meme has been over exaggerated. Furthermore, his phony pompacity really has been exposed as whining anymore. Keep the ideas coming Newton- but leave the solutions to someone else.

FlaMurph on March 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM

Now, that’s just crazy talk. Newt needs to cut a deal with Mitt to get one of his daughters named as VP.

/ ( <— Really, do I need this?)

Fallon on March 15, 2012 at 12:29 PM

LOL- No, you didn’t need that. I don’t know Newt’s daughters, so I would pick Dick Cheney’s daughter! Even that would not make me vote for Romney though.

Night Owl on March 15, 2012 at 12:41 PM

RedLizard64 on March 15, 2012 at 12:20 PM

Hey, aren’t you the guy who was keeping a list of who supported who on Hot Air about six months ago?

Night Owl on March 15, 2012 at 12:43 PM

The ABRtards are losing their minds.

LOL!!!

Gunlock Bill on March 15, 2012 at 11:09 AM

Well, I’ve been recently told that a vote for anyone but Romney is a vote for Obama. Turnabout is fair play, as they say. :)

JannyMae on March 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Newt GTFO you blowhard egomaniac!

ObamatheMessiah on March 15, 2012 at 12:53 PM

Agree with you that Newt is superb in debates. However, I’ll have to disagree that he has been vastly superior to the others. Santorum absolutely eviscerated Romney in the debates on Romneycare and was clearly very knowledgeable about all the aspects of that law. Santorum is also more knowledgeable than any of the others currently running on national security issues.

KickandSwimMom on March 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM

You must be confused. Rick Santorum only wants to talk about “social issues” and wants to legislate his morals on the entire nation!

/mittbott

JannyMae on March 15, 2012 at 12:56 PM

Nobody should tell anybody to get out.

While Newt isn’t even my third choice for president, he is intelligent, and his debates? Wow. Just wow.

And, while I hope he isn’t the nominee, who wouldn’t want to see Newt debate Obama? Just once. That’s all I need.

Then we can all hold our noses and vote for Romney.

Pablo Snooze on March 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Then we can all hold our noses and vote for Romney.

Pablo Snooze on March 15, 2012 at 12:59 PM

Speak for yourself. I REFUSE to vote for 0bamacare crafting, tax raising, Hero ignoring RonMe. PERIOD!

DannoJyd on March 15, 2012 at 1:02 PM

Newt thinking clearly. Give me one example where Newt made a decision that someone or something else was more important than Newt. Not in his marriages. Not in his professional political life. Not anywhere.

Snake307 on March 15, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Well, for those of you hoping for a miracle, I just got this email which I found particularly funny-

POLITICAL UPDATE

In a bold move that could dramatically alter the playing field of the
2012 GOP presidential race, Rick Santorum today named Jesus Christ as
his vice presidential running mate.

Santorum has made an increasing number of comments about his
relationship with Jesus in recent speeches, but few Republican
insiders expected him to announce that he was anointing Christ as his
vice presidential pick.

“This could be huge for Santorum,” said Stenson Partridge, a veteran
GOP consultant. “Among Republican voters, Jesus Christ is even more
popular than Ronald Reagan.”

The Rev. Pat Robertson said he was “blindsided” by the news of
Santorum’s decision: “I talked to Jesus last night, and he didn’t
mention anything about it.”

At a raucous Santorum rally in Davenport, Iowa, today, supporters of
the former Pennsylvania Senator could be seen holding signs reading
“SANTORUM/CHRIST ’12.”

It is “highly unorthodox” for a presidential candidate to select a
vice presidential running mate who is a prominent figure in the Holy
Bible, says Davis Logsdon, dean of the School of Divinity at the
University of Minnesota.

But according to Logsdon, if the Santorum-Christ ticket makes it all
the way to the White House, it could be historic in more ways than
one: “If Santorum is elected and something happens to him while in
office, we would be looking at our first Jewish president.”

As you can tell, I want Romney to win the nomination and quickly. This whole thing is getting way out of hand and giving Obama the election.

jake22 on March 15, 2012 at 1:27 PM

Santorum likes to “take one for the team”, maybe he should get out. 25-30% of hardcore soCons think he’s going to make America Christian again, everybody else thinks he’s a constipated, squirly tool.

Swerve22 on March 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM

The reason Newt needs to stay in is Santorum’s never ending quest to peep in your bedroom. Of course Hot Gas is not covering this cause they have their nose of Santy’s arse.

http://dailycaller.com/2012/03/14/vigorous-santorum-crackdown-may-catch-internet-porn-viewers-with-pants-down/

rubberneck on March 15, 2012 at 12:24 PM

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Another Mitt-Mitt trying to mislead. That whole article is nothing but speculation on what Santorum “could” or “might” do. Santorum has said repeatedly that he wishes to crack down on the laws ALREADY ON THE BOOKS regarding ILLEGAL pornography.

From his campaign website:

Current federal “obscenity” laws prohibit distribution of hardcore (obscene) pornography on the Internet, on cable/satellite TV, on hotel/motel TV, in retail shops and through the mail or by common carrier. Rick Santorum believes that federal obscenity laws should be vigorously enforced. “If elected President, I will appoint an Attorney General who will do so.”

Do you have a problem with the obscenity laws being enforced??

KickandSwimMom on March 15, 2012 at 1:43 PM

Do you have a problem with the obscenity laws being enforced??

KickandSwimMom on March 15, 2012 at 1:43 PM

They have a problem with anyone preferring another candidate.

Night Owl on March 15, 2012 at 1:48 PM

Um, does anyone else think we should be focused on taking the Senate? That way stinky can’t get ANY radical stuff done.

The shortcoming to this strategy is that 0bama simply circumvents Congress through Executive Orders and the regulatory state, effectively ruling by decree.

MidniteRambler on March 15, 2012 at 1:49 PM

So, what’s new? We get the same analysis before and after each primary/caucus. I am for stopping Romney from getting the 1144 delegates he needs before the convention.

lea on March 15, 2012 at 1:51 PM

Bradky on March 15, 2012 at 10:31 AM

That is the smartest post you have ever graced us with, Bradky.

RovesChins on March 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Why the hell doesn’t somebody tell Ron Paul to get out?

ultracon on March 15, 2012 at 11:50 AM

If Ron Paul gets out, most of his votes will go to the Libertarian, Constitution or other third parties. If you have followed the recent vote counts, he’s running 5% or less. Most people who were initially thrilled with Ron Paul have moved on after the first few debates. Only the “true believers” are left.

bw222 on March 15, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Santorum likes to “take one for the team”, maybe he should get out. 25-30% of hardcore soCons think he’s going to make America Christian again, everybody else thinks he’s a constipated, squirly tool.

Swerve22 on March 15, 2012 at 1:31 PM

You got something there. In a nutshell, albeit squirly changed to squirrely….those teeth.

RovesChins on March 15, 2012 at 2:02 PM

I don’t think Newt SHOULD get out even though I’m a Santorum supporter.

Newt staying in may be part of a larger plan to gather all of the conservative delegates possible for the convention.

No one conservative in this race can garner enough support on his own, plus if Ginrich drops out now, there are those of you who said you’d switch to supporting Romney.

2 conservatives rolling in to the convention with committed delegates that will total more than what Romney can gather together on his own, even if Ron Paul releases his delgates to vote for Romney – that gives conservatives more power in Tampa.

I think Gingrich and Santorum are quietly working this together to keep Romney from getting the nomination.

Actually, Newt hasn’t been quiet about his wish to keep Romney from getting enough delegates.

Note what he said Tuesday night after the Mississippi and Alabama primaries – the 2 conservatives in the race garnered 2/3 of the votes.

And note how Santorum said he’s not asking Newt to get out; he’s asking for voters to get behind the conservative in the race.

Am I crazy for thinking this?

Marybeth on March 15, 2012 at 2:16 PM

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

liberal4life on March 15, 2012 at 9:32 AM

See if you can find Florida on a map.

Buttercup on March 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Huckabee didn’t get out last cycle. I don’t think McCain got out in 2000, either. Pat Buchanan stayed in in ’92.

Gingrich entered the race in the first place to promote book sales, speaking fees, and consulting jobs with the free publicity. He wasn’t serious about contending, he knew he couldn’t win, that’s why he went on a cruise to Greece last spring instead of campaigning like the others.

I’d love to be a fly on the wall when they finally send someone in to tell Newt to drop out:

“Mr. Speaker, you need to step aside because Santorum is too incompetent to qualify for the Virginia ballot, submit full delegate slates in Ohio, or submit proper signatures in Indiana or Illinois, so he needs you to throw in your expertise.”

Heh.

And people think the moron is qualified to be President? I guess they see Obama in office and presume anybody could do it.

Adjoran on March 15, 2012 at 2:44 PM

See if you can find Florida on a map.

Buttercup on March 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Or MI, OH, IL …

MJBrutus on March 15, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Adjoran on March 15, 2012 at 2:44 PM

For he and his junior partner, they’re hanging around just to try to deny Mitt the 1144. They won’t stop him, but they’ll stretch it out a little longer.

If Newt gets out, even the small part of his delegates would put Mitt over 1144 that much faster. Santo will never get there, so Newt is simply delaying Romney’s party.

MJBrutus on March 15, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Snake307 on March 15, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Do you know he the only speaker in our lifetime to balance the federal budget?

antisocial on March 15, 2012 at 2:49 PM

If Newt gets out, even the small part of his delegates would put Mitt over 1144 that much faster. Santo will never get there, so Newt is simply delaying Romney’s party.

MJBrutus on March 15, 2012 at 2:47 PM

Again: It’s not the leader in delegates who wins. If he can’t get to 1144, he is in no better a position than anyone else at the convention.

alwaysfiredup on March 15, 2012 at 2:56 PM

The biggest trick played so far this election has been Newt and Santorum convincing us that for some reason they are “true conservatives”.

Swerve22 on March 15, 2012 at 3:18 PM

See if you can find Florida on a map.

Buttercup on March 15, 2012 at 2:17 PM

Too far away from NY/NJ. Her employer is after her. She cheats on them all day long.

Schadenfreude on March 15, 2012 at 3:19 PM

Santorum is more liberal than Orrin Hatch. More liberal than Mitch McConnell. More so than Lindsay Graham and John McCain. More than Bob Dole!

If nominated, Rick Santorum would be the most liberal GOP nominee from the Senate in modern times.

Beyond that fact though is the mathematical fact that he cannot be nominated through the primary process- he simply has not qualified enough delegates in most states and his already substantial gap will only get much worse.
What Santorum is capable of doing is preventing Romney from getting nominated through the primary process. In a convention, after delegates have been released, Romney will no doubt easily be nominated (since he can buy support and Santorum cannot). Sadly, though, independent and lean-GOP voters will watch that process unfold in all it’s sausage-making glory and probably not react well.

So Santorum will through the election to Obama. Makes me ill.

MTF on March 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM

I meant “throw” the election to Obama. Depression set in and I couldn’t type.

MTF on March 15, 2012 at 3:54 PM

Sorry, my mistake: McCain is slightly more liberal than Santorum. All the others seem correct.

MTF on March 15, 2012 at 3:56 PM

Speak for yourself. I REFUSE to vote for 0bamacare crafting, tax raising, Hero ignoring RonMe. PERIOD!

DannoJyd on March 15, 2012 at 1:02 PM

You should have a look at this: http://pjmedia.com/andrewklavan/2012/03/12/the-zombie-dilemma-should-we-unite/

Klavan’s always good for a listen.

Keep your eyes on the prize! Staying home and staying pure isn’t going to defeat Obama. Don’t forget, there’s still one (Ginsburg) and maybe two Supreme court seats in this next term. There’s more at stake than whatever purity test you’re applying.

Pablo Snooze on March 15, 2012 at 5:24 PM

MTF on March 15, 2012 at 3:53 PM

Santorum’s lifetime rating was 88.1 in 2006. He was right in the middle of the republican pack with approx. 25 senators on either side of him as more liberal or more conservative. FYI, in 2006, a few of the senators scoring a lower ACU than Santorum were: Thune and Coleman. Honestly, I think this would only make him more appealing in a general election.

FYI, Ron Paul has a lifetime ACU rating of 77 I believe.

KickandSwimMom on March 15, 2012 at 5:37 PM

Newt really does need to learn to count. Good God, man . . . you are running for President! And you are a complete loser.

My view is that it is very important for a President to have certain basic math skills under his or her belt. Clearly, Newt is either fundamentally innumerate, or delusional — at least when it comes to the consequences of the election returns during this primary.

I’d be very interested in hearing the fact-based views of someone who disagrees with me on this point.

Trochilus on March 16, 2012 at 12:26 AM

Newt should stay in. His substantive performance on the issues is vastly superior to the other candidates. Newt is the best debater. Newt has real conservative accomplishments. Newt represents real change in Washington DC.

Phil Byler on March 15, 2012 at 11:33 AM

Agree with you that Newt is superb in debates. However, I’ll have to disagree that he has been vastly superior to the others. Santorum absolutely eviscerated Romney in the debates on Romneycare and was clearly very knowledgeable about all the aspects of that law. Santorum is also more knowledgeable than any of the others currently running on national security issues.

KickandSwimMom on March 15, 2012 at 11:44 AM

I do not agree with you that Santorum is the most knowledgeable concerning national security issues. With respect to military matters and military history, Newt is superior. But whether one places Newt or Santorum as the most knowledgeable concerning national security, they are way, way ahead of Romney on that subject; and that has to be considered a problem for Romney. We are, after all, electing a Commander in Chief.

In the debates, Santorum did do very well in cutting up RomneyCare (and its namesake on the subject) and dealing with national security issues. But then he went along with Romney in refusing to debate any more. I think it is fair to hold that against Santorum.

As for the conservative accomplishments of Newt, you say nothing. Romney’s featured accomplishment as Governor of Massachusetts was socialized medicine at the state level, which is not a conservative accomplishment; and I don’t hear or read anyhting about Santorum’s accomplishments as Senator, just that he voted with Big Labor interests against right to work laws and was a “team player” voting for excessive GOP spending. We need to get to a balanced budget and effect entitlement reform. Newt is the guy who has done that. And yet, he is the one who is being called to leave the race? Again, I say it makes no sense.

Phil Byler on March 16, 2012 at 6:03 AM

The Rominator thrashed Newton Leroy in the last debate. The Newt super-debater meme has been over exaggerated. Furthermore, his phony pompacity really has been exposed as whining anymore. Keep the ideas coming Newton- but leave the solutions to someone else.

FlaMurph on March 15, 2012 at 12:34 PM

No, Romney did not best Newt in the last debate. Newt far out-performed everyone. Romney was OK in the debate, but he knew he could not continue to debate without being shown up by Newt. So Romney did what a privileged person does in such a situation — refuse to do it any more. The error of your statement, FlaMurph, is shown by the fact that Romney refuses to debate. If he was so good, he would continue. But he refuses.

Phil Byler on March 16, 2012 at 6:09 AM

I can hardly wait to see Mittens or Rick debate Obama- neither one will be any good and here comes another 4 years og The One. Why people can not see Newt is the one to debate and defeat Obama is beyond me He is the only one that has told us exactly what he would do as President. The others just ramble on about nothing! I want specifics and Newt has giving them to me and I continue to say Go Newt.

Bullhead on March 16, 2012 at 10:56 AM

I agree with your comment, Bullhead. Newt is the right choice for the Republican Party.

Phil Byler on March 16, 2012 at 9:57 PM

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