Adelson on Gingrich: It’s the end of the line
posted at 8:40 am on March 29, 2012 by Ed Morrissey
Bad news for Newt Gingrich, courtesy of the Las Vegas Sun and the Jewish Journal: the big bucks behind his super-PAC says that the former Speaker has reached “the end of his line” in the nomination process. Sheldon Adelson has bad news for Gingrich’s competitors, too, with tart words for both Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney. However, Adelson wasn’t the only hope of Romney and Santorum for staying competitive in the nomination chase, either:
In some of his first public comments on the presidential race, Las Vegas Casino mogul Sheldon Adelson candidly described GOP presidential hopeful Newt Gingrich’s dwindling chances for the nomination and said he doesn’t want Rick Santorum “running my country.”
Adelson, whose family has given more than $16 million to the super political action committee backing Gingrich, remains unimpressed with former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as well, according to JewishJournal.com.
But Adelson acknowledged his favored candidate isn’t going to win the race.
“It appears as though he’s at the end of his line,” Adelson told a small group Monday at The Jewish Federations of North America’s TribeFest, held at the Venetian. “I mean, mathematically, he can’t get anywhere near the numbers.”
Most of the interview covers what Adelson doesn’t like about Gingrich’s competitors, especially Rick Santorum. Adelson is pro-choice and dislikes Santorum’s social conservatism, although he does allow that he and Santorum are “friendly,” while insisting that “I don want him to run my country.” Romney, Adelson says, isn’t “a bold decision-maker,” and in that sense Adelson thinks that he’s a lot like Barack Obama, attempting to keep his record blank. That doesn’t sound like a man who’s looking to dump millions of dollars into a Romney super-PAC.
However, it also doesn’t sound like a man who wants to dump more of his cash into a losing cause. It’s clear how much Adelson likes Gingrich, but when a successful casino owner starts talking about mathematical impossibilities, it means something. If anyone can talk Gingrich out of the race, it’s Adelson, and perhaps he can do so just by closing the checkbook.