Poll: Majority of Republicans say it’s time for Gingrich and Ron Paul to drop out

posted at 6:35 pm on March 27, 2012 by Allahpundit

Jeff Greenfield (via Taegan Goddard) compares Newt to the black knight in “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.”

‘Tis only a flesh wound:

Six out of ten Republicans say that Gingrich should drop out of the race, with 39% saying that the former House speaker should not end his bid. And 61% say Paul should drop out, with 36% saying that the longtime congressman from Texas should continue to campaign for the White House…

The poll seems to dispel the notion that if Gingrich dropped out of the race, his supporters would mostly flock to Santorum, considered the other major conservative candidate in the race. A majority of Gingrich supporters questioned say that Romney rather than Santorum is their second choice.

If you recalculate the GOP horse race using the Gingrich voters’ second choice, Romney’s lead over Santorum grows to fifteen percentage points, 45% for Romney and 30% for Santorum, compared to the ten-point margin Romney currently has in the four-man field,” says Holland.

There are four reasons I can think of for why Newt might have decided initially to stay in the race and none of them make any sense anymore. One: Simple pride. It was a lot easier to make the pride argument, though, before his cash crunch forced him to take pathetic measures like this. Two: He revels in the media coverage. But his coverage is disappearing, and increasingly what little he does get is embarrassing. When you read a Newt story nowadays, it’s usually about him visiting a zoo or, as noted, selling photos of himself with fans for 50 bucks. Three: Spite. He hates Romney and, per the boldface part above, is actually limiting his lead by sticking around. Problem is, because Santorum has failed to pull off the sort of gamechanging win that might slow Romney’s momentum, Mitt’s going to get to Tampa with a near-majority of delegates at worst and a huge lead over Team Sweater Vest. Under those circumstances, the party’s not going to deny him the nomination. Which brings us to four: Newt actually believes the nonsense he spouts about possibly becoming the consensus choice at a brokered convention. That was kinda sorta maybe possible before Super Tuesday, when it looked like he might still clean up in the south, but he can’t even beat Santorum there. Even if there was some all-out rebellion against Romney on the convention floor, they’d opt for Santorum or a dark horse over a guy with a famously poor favorable rating who’s a distant, distant third in primaries.

Long story short, I can’t explain why he’s staying in. Maybe he’s just enjoying himself, the cash crunch notwithstanding, and figures he’ll savor his last hurrah politically while it lasts. Exit quotation: “A majority of those questioned, 53%, say they the GOP nominee should be determined during the primaries, with 43% saying the nominee should be picked at the convention.”


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Amen, it’s time to focus on the GE!

First?

celt on March 27, 2012 at 6:37 PM

agree, time to say adios

cmsinaz on March 27, 2012 at 6:37 PM

Santorum too! :)

celt on March 27, 2012 at 6:38 PM

And Santorum fans will wonder why Newt’ supporters didn’t all flock to Santorum, and how Romney cleaned up so fast….

Sekhmet on March 27, 2012 at 6:39 PM

Long story short, I can’t explain why he’s staying in. Maybe he’s just enjoying himself, the cash crunch notwithstanding, and figures he’ll savor his last hurrah politically while it lasts.

He still has books and videos to sell.

Steve Eggleston on March 27, 2012 at 6:39 PM

“If you recalculate the GOP horse race using the Gingrich voters’ second choice, Romney’s lead over Santorum grows to fifteen percentage points

This.

cicerone on March 27, 2012 at 6:39 PM

And Santorum fans will wonder why Newt’ supporters didn’t all flock to Santorum, and how Romney cleaned up so fast….
Sekhmet on March 27, 2012 at 6:39 PM

It could only be a Newt-Mitt conspiracy!11!!1!

whatcat on March 27, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Newt’s mission in life was to try to slow Mitt’s march to 1144. He isn’t likely to capture a single delegate from here on out. Who cares if he nominally stays in the race or not? Epic FAIL!

MJBrutus on March 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

What an utter joke the man’s become.

And to think people around here were trying to sell the bull argument that he was “the only candidate” who could beat Obama.

KingGold on March 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Newt is on FNC almost every day/night. Why would he quit?

Free Press people…books to sell, speaking fees to collect, consulting fees to lavish on his wife. $$$$$ This is not hard…it is called monetization of his fame.

r keller on March 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Ron Paul is still in the race?

Vigilante on March 27, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Actually since neither can win anywhere, it tells me they aren’t very bright.

seven on March 27, 2012 at 6:44 PM

I agree. Sure, it’s sad. I feel bought and sold.
But…let’s get on with this.
We have to get on with this.

bridgetown on March 27, 2012 at 6:44 PM

Stay fellas, pillow biters be damned.

NotCoach on March 27, 2012 at 6:44 PM

KingGold on March 27, 2012 at 6:43 PM

Ditto for every single one of the ABR’s to come down the pike. He and Santo just happened to be the last one’s hanging around after the other bandwagons self-destructed. Their only luck was in being so pathetic they were picked last.

MJBrutus on March 27, 2012 at 6:45 PM

I think Newt should stay in until he’s thoroughly discredited Palin’s endorsement of him.

Basilsbest on March 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Three months past the sell date for both. Ron Paul was never a republican candidate anyway. He knew he could never get the time of day attention in the Libertarian party, so he hijacked a spot in the Pub party. Gingrich is the smartest of all the candidates, but should have run in 2008. His sell date expired 4 years ago.

they lie on March 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Lets see,24/7 MSM GOP Nominee Fixation,
and Santorum is slowly becoming undone,
Newts in it to win it,er,Politically
Bleed Mittens,

and the MSM/DNC Proxy have a GoldMine of
sound-biteys,

ya,lets end this ASAP and Expedite!!

canopfor on March 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM

They didn’t poll me.

I’d have said that they ALL should drop out. There is still enough time to find at least one candidate who doesn’t suck quite as much as these bozos.

LegendHasIt on March 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Basilsbest on March 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM

Mission accomplished.

MJBrutus on March 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Given that NONE of the candidates have over 50% support, that doesn’t put much of a margin on the ‘get out’ side between any of them.

I do notice that Ron Paul is back in third place with 17% in this poll.

windwardtack on March 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Majority of Republicans say it’s time for Gingrich and Ron Paul to drop out

Well, 7% says he should hang in there. And that’s good enough for me. :)

29Victor on March 27, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Santorum fans have this moronic, pea-brained, dropped-on-its-head-at-birth idea that the ooooooonly thing keeping Santorum from the nomination or taking it to a brokered convention all by his lonesome is that dratted Gingrich.

If Gingrich voters were going to go for Santorum EVER before the general election, don’t you wizards of smart think they might have done it long before now?

Sekhmet on March 27, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Newt has a interesting looking wife. Why is she always at the center of the campagin. Sort of like Don Draper’s second wife.

Oil Can on March 27, 2012 at 6:48 PM

Any “poll” by the the c(lowns)n(itwits and socialist)n(attering nabobs) network that says ANYTHING about the MAJORITY of Republicans is obviously total BS. Why does Hot Air even bother to mention it?

TeaPartyNation on March 27, 2012 at 6:49 PM

windwardtack on March 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Mitt has well over 50% of the delegates so far :-)

MJBrutus on March 27, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Let the second stringers all stay in as long as they like.

They only make Romney look better and better the more desperate, weird and silly they become.

profitsbeard on March 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM

profitsbeard on March 27, 2012 at 6:51 PM

When were they promoted to 2nd string?

MJBrutus on March 27, 2012 at 6:52 PM

Sanitarium should go too. Romney is going to be the nominee, time to re-focus all resources on the SCOAMF.

CorporatePiggy on March 27, 2012 at 6:54 PM

ya,lets end this ASAP and Expedite!!

canopfor on March 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM

yepper!

focus on dear leader

cmsinaz on March 27, 2012 at 6:54 PM

Mitt is getting very desperate.

Newt prefers Santorum over Romney he has made that very clear. By staying in he denys Romney a few votes making it harder for Mitt to get the required 50% for winner take all in several states. This is why he is staying in.

Ron Paul this is just his last chance. He is very old. Though perhaps he too does not want Mitt to be the Nominee we will not know for sure till the convention if at all.

But this is why Mitt is so desperate to try dispicable lies like this. He is using the normal tool of the left. Misdirect away from the 50% rule to lie that Mitt and Paul are not accomplishing much by staying in. They are denying Mitt a lot more delegates than just the ones they get.

Mitt would lose the General as no Moderate has won in the history of the Republican Party 150 years. Not a single one many have tried but they all lost.

Steveangell on March 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

One thing this primary season has confirmed is the fact that conservatives/tea partiers lack political savvy. How they managed to get suckered into backing a weak horse like Santorum when there were better options that could have given Romney a run for his money baffles me.

Alternatively, the blame can be placed firmly at the doorsteps of social conservatives who once again managed to ‘Huckabee’ this primary season leaving us with Romney as the nominee – just as they did the last time and enabled a McCain win.

TheRightMan on March 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Romney has no core…

idesign on March 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Mitt would lose the General as no Moderate has won in the history of the Republican Party 150 years. Not a single one many have tried but they all lost.

Then I guess that means Santoruim would lose too.

sandee on March 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM

windwardtack on March 27, 2012 at 6:47 PM

Mitt has well over 50% of the delegates so far :-)

MJBrutus on March 27, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Only in Mitts warped way of counting.

Truth is no one knows now with any accuracy. First thing the convention will do is settle all of the differing delegate questions. Will the rule saying no winner take all before March 4 for example. Will states that voted early decide to change the make up that is possible as well for some States.

The most these numbers are is a biased for Mitt estimation.

Steveangell on March 27, 2012 at 6:59 PM

canopfor on March 27, 2012 at 6:46 PM
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yepper!

focus on dear leader

cmsinaz on March 27, 2012 at 6:54 PM

cmsinaz:Agreed,there has been a treasure-trove of news goodies
to have non-ending relentless attacks on Team Blue!:)

canopfor on March 27, 2012 at 7:00 PM

Romney has no core…

idesign on March 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM

None of them do…but at least that snowbilly isn’t in the mix.

CorporatePiggy on March 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Steveangell on March 27, 2012 at 6:59 PM

You funny.

RCP Delegate Count

MJBrutus on March 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Mitt would lose the General as no Moderate has won in the history of the Republican Party 150 years. Not a single one many have tried but they all lost.

sandee on March 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Not a single one, save Eisenhower, Nixon, Harding, Bush the Elder, Roosevelt, McKinley, Garfield….

I’ll be charitable and assume you forgot your sarc tag.

KingGold on March 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM

No…..not my Newt……never! hang in there Newt! Hang in ther Callista!!!!

GhoulAid on March 27, 2012 at 7:02 PM

KingGold on March 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM

And that’s just the GOP. In just my life time: JFK, LBJ, Clinton

MJBrutus on March 27, 2012 at 7:03 PM

So,how’d we get to this point…..,

because the GOP/RNC,let the

F..%$?&*()_(*&?%?&*()_)(*&?%$%?&*()_(*&?
?&*()_+)(*&?%$%&?*()+_)&*?%$?&_))(&?….

…MSM control the Debate Format,from the
word go,to cause ‘Friendly-Fire’,and ‘Fragging’,
politicaly of course,of GOP Nominees,and use’n
their own words against each other!!!!!!!!!!!!

canopfor on March 27, 2012 at 7:05 PM

Its time for Ron to drop out and go third party. The Republicans have shown where they stand on shrinking the size of government.

The Republicans have spoken and they are going with a John Kerry clone in the general, who beat somebody who was in the Senate leadership when Bush and the drunken sailor congress spent all that money. I could care less how they talk, they been talking about small government since the 90s and that’s all it is, talk. Maybe they should have Paul Ryan be the VP, he at least wants to balance the budget fifty years from now. It seems the better your track record on spending the worse you do in the primaries.

LevStrauss on March 27, 2012 at 7:05 PM

And that’s just the GOP. In just my life time: JFK, LBJ, Clinton

MJBrutus on March 27, 2012 at 7:03 PM

LBJ was not a moderate. He was the Southern ticket balancer for the free-marketeer Kennedy (who, if he had lived, might very well have become a Reaganite by now), and nobody who oversaw the gigantic expansion of government he did could ever be seen as a moderate.

KingGold on March 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM

Not a single one many have tried but they all lost.

Steveangell on March 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Your post was too incoherent for me to follow, but I’ll posit that Nixon was a moderate, and so was George H.W. Bush.

Why has Steveangell said the EXACT talking point as sandee?

Mitt would lose the General as no Moderate has won in the history of the Republican Party 150 years. Not a single one many have tried but they all lost.

Steveangell on March 27, 2012 at 6:55 PM

Mitt would lose the General as no Moderate has won in the history of the Republican Party 150 years. Not a single one many have tried but they all lost.

sandee on March 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM

John the Libertarian on March 27, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Mitt would lose the General as no Moderate has won in the history of the Republican Party 150 years. Not a single one many have tried but they all lost.

sandee on March 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Not a single one, save Eisenhower, Nixon, Harding, Bush the Elder, Roosevelt, McKinley, Garfield….

I’ll be charitable and assume you forgot your sarc tag.

KingGold on March 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM

I believe sandee was quoting someone else there, KingGold.
(Also, you could add compassionate conservative W to the list.)

whatcat on March 27, 2012 at 7:07 PM

KingGold on March 27, 2012 at 7:06 PM

OK, I’ll give you that.

MJBrutus on March 27, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Whoops, sorry sandee. I didn’t see a block quote.

John the Libertarian on March 27, 2012 at 7:08 PM

MJBrutus on March 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Your reason is wasted on that one. His living room is a holographic, virtual convention where the audience is thousands of calistas and unicorns. And math is a bygone, fanciful pastime.

Rusty Allen on March 27, 2012 at 7:09 PM

If he has so few delegates, what’s the harm ?

pambi on March 27, 2012 at 7:09 PM

Well, if they aren’t going to get delegates, then why not stay in? If they want to, its a free country, after all.

Besides, every circus needs its freak show…

ajacksonian on March 27, 2012 at 7:09 PM

….it’s time for Gingrich and Ron Paul to drop out…

And take Santy with you.

V7_Sport on March 27, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I believe sandee was quoting someone else there, KingGold.
(Also, you could add compassionate conservative W to the list.)

whatcat on March 27, 2012 at 7:07 PM

The second part of the post (implying Santorum was also a moderate) made me hedge my bets.

And, for the record, I don’t believe W was a moderate. He’s certainly not as conservative, especially on spending matters, as we’d have liked him to be, but the Overton Window has shifted measurably since his election. I think he was in the mainstream of conservatism at the time.

KingGold on March 27, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Whoops, sorry sandee. I didn’t see a block quote.

John the Libertarian on March 27, 2012 at 7:08 PM

The quote wasn’t cited, so it’s an easy mistake to make. But the 2nd part read pretty much like snark commentary on the first part, heh.

whatcat on March 27, 2012 at 7:11 PM

…and now I see that it was just an un-blockquoted quote. Damn my eyes.

Very well then. Great apologies, sandee. Steveangell, you’re on the astral plane and clearly took history classes at the ARC.

KingGold on March 27, 2012 at 7:12 PM

nothing the matter with rmoney. nice hair. beautiful family.he’s just gonna get his butt kicked by obama.

thats why if you are a true republican. you want someone other than rmoney.

renalin on March 27, 2012 at 7:14 PM

So Newt and Rick’s only hope is to both stand on the convention floor and claim that 3rd and 2nd place should give them the right to the nomination. Yes, what a dream team that will be. Hey I came in 3rd!… hey I came in second! We know that other guy got more votes and delegates, but hey, we deserve it! Pick me! No, Pick me!

Minnfidel on March 27, 2012 at 7:14 PM

like when i use to sell vacuum cleaners. talk all you want. but can you land a sale. mitt can’t close the deal.

better to hear it from someone who luvs ya.

renalin on March 27, 2012 at 7:15 PM

Whoops, sorry sandee. I didn’t see a block quote.

John the Libertarian on March 27, 2012 at 7:08 PM

No problem.. And yes I don’t think Santorum is particularly “Conservative “Or electable. No I’m not a mittbot. Just think of those left he has the best chance against Obama. I actually wanted perry. Oh well…

sandee on March 27, 2012 at 7:15 PM

The second part of the post (implying Santorum was also a moderate) made me hedge my bets.
KingGold on March 27, 2012 at 7:10 PM

I took the implication being “if Romney has trouble with the numbers, Santorum’s problem is even worse that way”.

I’d put Santorum in the “compassionate conservative” column myself.

whatcat on March 27, 2012 at 7:16 PM

John the Libertarian on March 27, 2012 at 7:07 PM

Either the SweaterTrolls are carrying ChurchLady’s talking points especially well, or there’s some sock puppetry going on here.

JohnGalt23 on March 27, 2012 at 7:19 PM

So Newt and Rick’s only hope is to both stand on the convention floor and claim that 3rd and 2nd place should give them the right to the nomination. Yes, what a dream team that will be. Hey I came in 3rd!… hey I came in second! We know that other guy got more votes and delegates, but hey, we deserve it! Pick me! No, Pick me!
Minnfidel on March 27, 2012 at 7:14 PM

Heh. Remember when conservatives didn’t support Affirmative Action programs and instead touted earned merit as the way to go?

whatcat on March 27, 2012 at 7:19 PM

nothing the matter with rmoney. nice hair. beautiful family.he’s just gonna get his butt kicked by obama.

thats why if you are a true republican. you want someone other than rmoney.

renalin on March 27, 2012 at 7:14 PM

There is no one else, Dodo.

Basilsbest on March 27, 2012 at 7:19 PM

So, I’m not supposed to care about the polls that show Romney losing to Obama, but I’m supposed to care about this one? Okay, let me check….

Nope, not a bump on the give-a-damn-ometer.

JannyMae on March 27, 2012 at 7:23 PM

Basilsbest on March 27, 2012 at 7:19 PM

figure at this point i would play the collegiality card with you guys. after all when someone else (red stilleto heels) is the nominee. i want your full support.

renalin on March 27, 2012 at 7:24 PM

ABO

pambi on March 27, 2012 at 7:24 PM

….it’s time for Gingrich and Ron Paul to drop out…

And take Santy with you.

V7_Sport on March 27, 2012 at 7:10 PM

Yahhhh !!!! Get out all you religious right wingersss and let Mr. Slick Squish in !!! Yeah MODERATE LEFTISTS ROCK !!! LET’S REPLAY ’08 !!! oh wait….

cableguy615 on March 27, 2012 at 7:29 PM

Not a single one, save Eisenhower, Nixon, Harding, Bush the Elder, Roosevelt, McKinley, Garfield….

I’ll be charitable and assume you forgot your sarc tag.

KingGold on March 27, 2012 at 7:01 PM

Nelson Rockefeller was the Moderate establishment candidate that Nixon beat in the convention. Nixon was anti-communist and fully conservative. He also beat another moderate George Romney. He was considered more conservative than Nixon at the time and beat him. He was the most conservative on the ticket. He was Eisenhowers VP another strong conservative. Very much against communism worldwide. He ran to make sure we kept a check on communist expansion. Eisenhower was the father of the interstate highway system which did more to make America great than any other project. He refused to expand Social Security.

Sorry but like I said the establishment moderate always lost. GHW Bush won as a conservative but raised taxes and lost as a moderate. GW learned from his father and corrected his slip in to being a moderate before his mid term.

We can select Mitt but he will lose the General.

Steveangell on March 27, 2012 at 7:35 PM

Both Ron Paul and Newt are barely a blip on the electoral radar, and are long past their expiration date.

As such, it is now time to focus our energies on making sure that Obambi is thrown out of office on his a**end, along with his pathetic and corrupt administration.

Eye on the prize, folks…eye on the prize. ABO!

Gothguy on March 27, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Slick Rick needs to drop out too, him staying in is bull****.

Swerve22 on March 27, 2012 at 7:38 PM

Eye on the prize, folks…eye on the prize. ABO!

Gothguy on March 27, 2012 at 7:36 PM

Slick Rick needs to drop out too, him staying in is bull****.

Swerve22 on March 27, 2012 at 7:38 PM

You would not be for Mitt if you really wanted Obama out.

He is the Father of Obama Care.

He would be the first Republican establishment moderate to win in the history of the Republican Party.

Even Clinton became conservative and signed Welfare Reform to win re-election. So even the Democrats know conservatism is a winner though they do not need it to win most of the time.

Steveangell on March 27, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Problem is, because Santorum has failed to pull off the sort of gamechanging win that might slow Romney’s momentum, Mitt’s going to get to Tampa with a near-majority of delegates

And yet, Santorum is still winning states… but no real delegates…

Doesn’t this just sound wrong? I think this is more of a problem with skewed delegate assignments and self-protecting GOP leadership than anything else. Why should someone win a state, and not get their delegates? This doesn’t make sense.

No, this is more of an indication of the problems within the GOP leadership than anything else.

I think Conservatives will eventually be forced to go third party to get candidates who truly believe in conservative ideals, and have a party mechanism that provides a measure of transparency and integrity.

dominigan on March 27, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Yes I agree it’s time for Newt to drop out and clear the field for the one who knows how to lose.

evergreenland on March 27, 2012 at 7:57 PM

You would not be for Mitt if you really wanted Obama out.

He is the Father of Obama Care.

He would be the first Republican establishment moderate to win in the history of the Republican Party.

Even Clinton became conservative and signed Welfare Reform to win re-election. So even the Democrats know conservatism is a winner though they do not need it to win most of the time.

Steveangell on March 27, 2012 at 7:44 PM

Don’t try to bull**** lies here. Romney would be running on the most conservative platform of any republican since Reagan when he gets the nom.

Romneycare was a trade-down to what MA voters and legislature wanted – Romney saved it from being worse. Rick and Newt are not conservatives.

Swerve22 on March 27, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I think the real reason he is staying in is to make a statement to GOP establishment jerks that running a heavily funded, vicious, dishonest smear campaign shouldn’t make a person step aside so soon.

Good for you Newt. To hell with the fans of moderate Mittens who want to see this stuff rewarded.

Reggie1971 on March 27, 2012 at 7:59 PM

GO Newt!

donyalola on March 27, 2012 at 8:09 PM

I think the real reason he is staying in is to make a statement to GOP establishment jerks that running a heavily funded, vicious, dishonest smear campaign shouldn’t make a person step aside so soon.

Good for you Newt. To hell with the fans of moderate Mittens who want to see this stuff rewarded.

Reggie1971 on March 27, 2012 at 7:59 PM

How does him stay in send a message to anybody any more than Ron Paul staying in and consistently scoring single digits send “a message”?

Swerve22 on March 27, 2012 at 8:16 PM

Why push him out before he is ready to do so?
Just don’t vote for him if he bothers you that much.

Why should Santorum get out also? HE is in no better shape than Newt despite doubling his delegates. Rick Santorum has ZERO chances to get to 1144… Rick Santorum, Newt and Ron Paul are in the same boat of having ZERO chance of winning the nomination by delegate count.

This nomination is Romney’s to lose…by not getting to 1144 before the convention. If there is a brokered convention, Newt has as much chances as Santorum because he also could push Romney to 1144 with the 100+ delegates he has…

So let’s face it: Rick Santorum has no better chances to be the nominee than Newt or Ron Paul. Only Romney has a path to 1144…and a brokered convention will be WIDE OPEN in the second ballot.

jules on March 27, 2012 at 8:19 PM

***quietly comes in as a sub***
.
.
.
.…HANG IN THERE NEWT…!!!

KOOLAID2 on March 27, 2012 at 8:20 PM

On the one hand, Ron Paul has trod on too many NeoCon toes for too many years to win a Republican nomination, and Newt has passed his ‘sell by’ date…

But on the other, like Flip-flopney or InSanitorum are paragons of conservativism?

MelonCollie on March 27, 2012 at 8:21 PM

Up to the individual candidate, not up to a poll.

Bmore on March 27, 2012 at 8:30 PM

My state has a late primary and yet is considered an important swing state in the general; I really appreciate the candidates that give me a chance to vote for them. So I wish the rest of the voters who have already voted because their state has an early primary date would just STFU about dropping out and let democracy take its course.

votermom on March 27, 2012 at 8:49 PM

I think Conservatives will eventually be forced to go third party to get candidates who truly believe in conservative ideals, and have a party mechanism that provides a measure of transparency and integrity.

dominigan on March 27, 2012 at 7:55 PM

Why? It’s very clear they reject conservative ideals.

Dante on March 27, 2012 at 9:00 PM

renalin on March 27, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I’m not a ‘true republican’-I’m a center-right libertarian who’s registered as a republican.
It’s time to end this thing and bring the fight to President mandate.
Mitt/somebody 2012!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 27, 2012 at 9:00 PM

renalin on March 27, 2012 at 7:14 PM

I’m not a ‘true republican’-I’m a center-right libertarian who’s registered as a republican.
It’s time to end this thing and bring the fight to President mandate.
Mitt/somebody 2012!

annoyinglittletwerp on March 27, 2012 at 9:00 PM

Don’t worry about it. Mitt’s inevitable. Didn’t you get the memo?

Hey, wait a minute. Why are we talking about Santorum, when the poll says it’s time for Gingrich and Paul to drop out?

Unless … Mitt is not quite so inevitable?

tom on March 27, 2012 at 9:05 PM

Ron Paul is the only thing holding the interest in Ron Paul’s voters.

The idiots who believe republican ninjas planted bombs in the Twin Towers on 9/11 aren’t going to stick with the republican party without their patron deity on board.

Paul dropping out would have virtually zero effect on the rest of the race.

Alberta_Patriot on March 27, 2012 at 9:06 PM

Don’t try to bull**** lies here. Romney would be running on the most conservative platform of any republican since Reagan when he gets the nom.

Romneycare was a trade-down to what MA voters and legislature wanted – Romney saved it from being worse. Rick and Newt are not conservatives.

Swerve22 on March 27, 2012 at 7:59 PM

You don’t have to make up crap for Mitt. Didn’t you hear he was inevitable?

You can let go and admit that he’s a wishy-washy moderate who’s usually inventing new sides to any issue, because being on just two sides isn’t good enough.

It’s okay to confess.

tom on March 27, 2012 at 9:08 PM

tom on March 27, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I wanted Perry-but alas…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 27, 2012 at 9:08 PM

tom on March 27, 2012 at 9:05 PM

I wanted Perry-but alas…

annoyinglittletwerp on March 27, 2012 at 9:08 PM

I wasn’t especially a fan, but he’s looking better and better by comparison.

tom on March 27, 2012 at 9:11 PM

Don’t try to bull**** lies here. Romney would be running on the most conservative platform of any republican since Reagan when he gets the nom.

Romneycare was a trade-down to what MA voters and legislature wanted – Romney saved it from being worse. Rick and Newt are not conservatives.

Swerve22 on March 27, 2012 at 7:59 PM

I’ll get back to you when I catch my breath after I get through LMAO!

JannyMae on March 27, 2012 at 9:13 PM

Newt may want to slow Mitten’s progress to the magic number…

… but the main motivating factor in staying in the race is going after Obowma.

He doesn’t think that “Obowma is a nice guy, he’s just in a little over his head.” like Mittens does…

… and he is not afraid to call him out on a daily basis.

From the get go, Newt has been pushing the arguement to the right, forcing more centrist to adopt his policies…

… How is that bad?

If Newt keeps attacking Obowma, maybe Mittens and Ricko will get the hint…

… I still remember back in Iowa that Newt wanted a combined attack from all of the candidates to go after Obowma, but no, Mittens and the political elite ruling class couldn’t have THAT now, could they?

Newt is still good for some more attacks on Obowma…

… HANG IN THERE NEWT!!!

Seven Percent Solution on March 27, 2012 at 9:25 PM

HANG IN THERE, NEWT!!!

JUST to PISS the elites OFF!!

williamg on March 27, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Nope. Ron Paul won’t drop out until he wins. Newt won’t drop out until the Soviets have surrounded his bunker.

ebrawer on March 27, 2012 at 10:02 PM

So Santorum is supposedly the better candidate to beat Obama yet he can’t get enough votes within his own party? Oooookkay.

Minnfidel on March 27, 2012 at 10:26 PM

Ron Paul, IMO, should drop out and publicly state “may you be happy with whichever unworthy dope you nominate.”

If conservatives consider him less worthy than a liberal waffler and a Socon statist, in an election where the existence of the Republic is on the line, there’s really nothing more he can do.

And if America in general refuses to consider a 3rd party at this point, then ladies and gentlemen I submit that we richly deserve our fate.

MelonCollie on March 27, 2012 at 10:27 PM

Romney has no core…

idesign on March 27, 2012 at 6:57 PM

Evidently, he doesn’t have a base, either…

trigon on March 27, 2012 at 10:43 PM

It’s amusing to see all the comments from people who are citizens of a country that’s built around voting for their leaders say “screw voting.” Only 34 states/territories have voted, how about we let the other 22 states have their say. It makes me wonder how many of you live in states that have already voted…

Plus, there are still ~1,100 delegates still out there. We’ve only just now crossed the halfway point.

gyrmnix on March 27, 2012 at 10:53 PM

Gingrich, Paul, Santorum, and Romney should all drop out of the race to see if we can find a decent pro-Constitution candidate to actually oppose Obama (rather than just being a variation on the same theme).

Steve Stoddard on March 28, 2012 at 12:12 AM

And if America in general refuses to consider a 3rd party at this point, then ladies and gentlemen I submit that we richly deserve our fate.

We need a 2nd party first.

We already have the Republican-Democrat party that had no respect for the Constitution, so we should try an alternative party that does respect the Constitution.

Steve Stoddard on March 28, 2012 at 12:23 AM

I believe Ron Paul is “teched in the head” but it’s still his call when to get out or not. People who feel free to suggest this to him, or Newt, think way too much of themselves.

swinia sutki on March 28, 2012 at 6:33 AM

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