Gingrich shifting focus from nomination to influencing GOP platform at the convention

posted at 9:23 pm on April 2, 2012 by Allahpundit

In other words, his candidacy’s now basically no different than Ron Paul’s. Except that, across the last five states to vote, Paul actually won more delegates than Gingrich did.

He will continue to travel — “less expensively” — to some primary states and will not quit the race until Romney reaches the number of delegates required to clinch the Republican presidential nomination. But Gingrich says he will now focus his efforts on persuading GOP delegates to adopt a series of platform proposals that will hold Romney to conservative positions…

“Does this guy run on an actively conservative platform?” Gingrich asks, “or do they in fact try to run on an Etch-A-Sketch blank slate platform? I don’t think he’ll have any support in the conservative movement unless he accepts a conservative platform.”

A platform, that is, that closely resembles Gingrich’s own campaign platform. The former House speaker wants Romney to adopt what Gingrich calls the American Energy Independence program, including a proposal to use the vast revenues from new oil-and-gas exploration licensing to pay down the national debt. Gingrich will also press Romney to commit to specific reforms of Social Security, including personal accounts. And Gingrich wants Romney to sign on to a list of proposals concerning religious liberty.

Domestic drilling, entitlement reform, religious liberty, and reducing the debt: Thank goodness Newt will be there in Tampa demanding these arcane policy goals that wouldn’t otherwise have been mentioned in the platform without him. I’ve been assuming, in fact, that Romney will accede to making the platform as conservative and/or libertarian as necessary to please the base and the Ron Paul fans who might otherwise be wary of voting for him. For the most part, what does he care what it says? He can always respectfully disagree with parts of it on the trail and no one seriously believes it’ll guide his decisions if/when he’s president. The only part of the platform that he’ll insist on dictating, I’d imagine, is the immigration section since he can’t afford to hand Obama any sort of weapon on that. He’ll have to walk a fine line, so naturally he’ll want to draw the line himself. But if it makes Newt feel better to believe that the platform won’t look conservative without him, hey. He’s fought a long, long race. He’s entitled.

Via the Right Scoop, here’s Santorum on Hannity’s radio show today responding to comments from Newt’s Wisconsin chief over the weekend that a Santorum/Gingrich ticket — or Gingrich/Santorum — could be just what conservatives need to derail the Romney express at the last moment. If you can figure out Santorum’s answer, let me know; after listening twice I didn’t detect a firm rejection or an acceptance, and Hannity sounds as confused as I am. I take it this is RS just trying to be diplomatic in saying “no way” while also embracing the basic idea that conservatives need to do something dramatic at the eleventh hour, such as rallying behind Rick Santorum. But I think we’re past even the eleventh hour now: Romney’s likely to net upwards of 100 delegates tomorrow, which will give him a lead of ~250 on Santorum and Gingrich combined. And since Gingrich has faded to the point where he’s picking up no delegates in race after race, it’s entirely up to Santorum to do well enough in the remaining primaries to block Romney from reaching 1,144. Think that’ll be more likely or less likely after Romney’s clean sweep on Tuesday? Exit question: Will Santorum contest Pennsylvania on April 24 if he drops three states tomorrow and the polls back home start to turn against him? Losing in PA would be embarrassing; if he drops out beforehand, he can spare himself that. Click the image to listen.


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Electrongod on April 2, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Gingrich come up with a new scam to keep himself relevant and staying in those lovely 5 star hotels and eating that delicious gourmet food.

To all the mindless Gingrich groupies let me just say: SUCKERS!!

NickDeringer on April 2, 2012 at 9:26 PM

You guys just never let up, do you? There is going to be no Santorum. He is done, its over. Please stop shilling for Obama.

crosspatch on April 2, 2012 at 9:27 PM

Domestic drilling, entitlement reform, religious liberty, and reducing the debt: Thank goodness Newt will be there in Tampa demanding these arcane policy goals that wouldn’t otherwise have been mentioned in the platform without him.

He really is an ideas man.

cynccook on April 2, 2012 at 9:29 PM

I really care what a serial cheater, health care mandate supporter, and couch buddy of Nancy Pelosi has to say about who I should vote for.

MadisonConservative on April 2, 2012 at 9:31 PM

Wow. Read some of the comments @ Right Scoop on this. That is some sad, sad stuff.

cynccook on April 2, 2012 at 9:33 PM

War® On Obama™

Electrongod on April 2, 2012 at 9:34 PM

If you can figure out Santorum’s answer, let me know; after listening twice I didn’t detect a firm rejection or an acceptance, and Hannity sounds as confused as I am.

Seems clear to me that although he would love to see Newt drop out and endorse him, there is no way he wants to announce some kind of Santorum/Gingrich ticket. He talks directly about the votes RP and Newt are siphoning away from his campaign.

cynccook on April 2, 2012 at 9:36 PM

To all the mindless Gingrich groupies let me just say: SUCKERS!!

NickDeringer on April 2, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Bite me.

alwaysfiredup on April 2, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Gingrich shifting focus from nomination to influencing GOP platform at the convention

Moon Base.

M240H on April 2, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Bite me.

alwaysfiredup on April 2, 2012 at 9:38 PM

Ditto…

Electrongod on April 2, 2012 at 9:39 PM

American Energy Independence program, including a proposal to use the vast revenues from new oil-and-gas exploration licensing to pay down the national debt.

Licensing to pay down the national debt= Taxes on oil and gas companies. Brilliant//

Get out of the way Newt and take whatever dignity you have left with you.

JPeterman on April 2, 2012 at 9:40 PM

As long as Newt isn’t advising the Party on comprehensive immigration reform, I’m fine with that.

bw222 on April 2, 2012 at 9:40 PM

Gingrich shifting focus from primary to nomination to influencing GOP platform at the convention

Oh brother. You pundits are going to sound like poor Jeffrey Toobin when Romney doesn’t reach 1144. Which he won’t.

faraway on April 2, 2012 at 9:42 PM

Hang in there Newt.

Rusty Allen on April 2, 2012 at 9:43 PM

Poor Newt.

Staying relevant is hard when that is all you are capable of doing anymore… struggling to remain relevant.

FlatFoot on April 2, 2012 at 9:44 PM

Next week:

“Gingrich pushing to choose hors d’oeuvre and cocktails to be served at Republican convention.”

Glenn Jericho on April 2, 2012 at 9:46 PM

you have 4 choices

1. vote for Romney
2. vote for Obama
3. don’t vote
4. move to argentina

gerrym51 on April 2, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Santorum/Newt/Chuck Norris 2012! Whoo! BRING IT ALL DOWN! BRING IT ALL DOWN, MAN! WHOO!

Punchenko on April 2, 2012 at 9:51 PM

“Will Santorum contest Pennsylvania on April 24 if he drops three states tomorrow and the polls back home start to turn against him? ”

Probably, because he isn’t the sharpest knife in the drawer. He’ll burn all his bridges and blow any chance he has at a national political future and probably mess up his own family’s financial future at the same time because of his own ego.

Santorum isn’t the solution, Santorum is part of the problem. He should have dropped this a long time ago, accepted that he wasn’t going to get the nomination, got behind the candidate and started making plans for 2016.

Even if he were to succeed at this point in creating a brokered convention, he would not get the nomination. All it would do is create more turmoil in the party and help Obama win the election.

Had he gotten the nomination he would have been utterly destroyed within a week. He would have been the laughing stock of the nation once a few of his speeches and interviews were connected end to end in a single video.

He just apparently isn’t very bright. He is not gaining anything for anybody by continuing this.

crosspatch on April 2, 2012 at 9:51 PM

you have 2 choices

1. vote for Romney
2. vote for Obama/don’t vote/move to argentina

gerrym51 on April 2, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Hope you don’t mind, but I took the liberty…

cynccook on April 2, 2012 at 9:52 PM

Meh – Newt was in it to sell books at the outset, and he’s in it to sell books now. He just didn’t expect to hit frontrunner status. All of a sudden, it’s “Holy S%!t -what do I do now?”

kjl291 on April 2, 2012 at 9:54 PM

Hope you don’t mind, but I took the liberty…

cynccook on April 2, 2012 at 9:52 PM

She’s a beautiful lady…
And has always been proud of her country.

Electrongod on April 2, 2012 at 9:57 PM

If Gingrich wanted some influence over the final GOP product, the thing to do was to exit the race while he still had some dignity left. Having failed to do that, I don’t know what’s left for him.

If I was to offer him any personal advice for his future, I’d say leave the world of politics behind and see if it’s possible to still find some relevance as an historian.

Murf76 on April 2, 2012 at 10:00 PM

He just apparently isn’t very bright. He is not gaining anything for anybody by continuing this.

crosspatch on April 2, 2012 at 9:51 PM

Karen is whispering “2016″ in his ear as they both believe the Bush ’04 platform will be back in style before too long. That, or they actually think Ricky Carter will be tapped for VP if he gets far enough. My goodness, Brit Hume all but asked Ricky Carter out for a date on SR tonight.

Punchenko on April 2, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Exit question: Will Santorum contest Pennsylvania on April 24 if he drops three states tomorrow and the polls back home start to turn against him? Losing in PA would be embarrassing

He’ll probably continue on.

Your question, AP, presumes that Santorum is capable of experiencing embarrassment, for which I’ve seen no evidence throughout his political career and this primary to-date — although I’m certainly no expert on the man.

ShainS on April 2, 2012 at 10:01 PM

Two openings for Newt:
1) Mitt’s debate coach
2) Mitt’s WH Press Sec’y

hillsoftx on April 2, 2012 at 10:02 PM

To all the mindless Gingrich groupies let me just say: SUCKERS!!

NickDeringer on April 2, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Tell me you really support Mittens? b/c I don’t see how you will gain votes for him this way.
Good luck.

evergreenland on April 2, 2012 at 10:05 PM

Two loser who couldn’t win combining to continue not winning – yup, just what the Obama campaign ordered.

Swerve22 on April 2, 2012 at 10:09 PM

There are books to sell, you know.

Philly on April 2, 2012 at 10:11 PM

To all the mindless Gingrich groupies let me just say: SUCKERS!!

NickDeringer on April 2, 2012 at 9:26 PM

Bite me.

alwaysfiredup on April 2, 2012 at 9:38 PM

……oh noooooooo!…..he definitely said SUCK!.
.
.
….(meanwhile…like Rusty Allen …I have to substitute for someone)….
…Hang in there Newt…!!!

KOOLAID2 on April 2, 2012 at 10:53 PM

I hope he stays in so I can see him lose PA. Again.

EddieC on April 2, 2012 at 11:02 PM

Why Santorum and Gingrich have to step aside:

Romney’s recent string of high-dollar California fundraisers was limited to raising money only for the Republican primary contests. Aides are only beginning to take steps to raise cash to use against Obama, who has been aggressively fundraising and distributed staff on the ground in almost every state in the nation.

The delay has given Obama a massive head start. The disparity is staggering.

At the end of February, Obama reported $84.7 million in his campaign account compared to Romney’s $7.3 million. Obama has more than 530 paid staff compared to roughly 100 for Romney.

And O’s got Doodad Pro. Which I’m hoping Daryll Issa will pursue, as well as Team Mitt.

Buy Danish on April 2, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Hey!

Kevin M on April 2, 2012 at 11:40 PM

Gingrich shifting focus from primary to nomination to influencing GOP platform at the convention

Oh brother. You pundits are going to sound like poor Jeffrey Toobin when Romney doesn’t reach 1144. Which he won’t.

faraway on April 2, 2012 at 9:42 PM

If Romney doesn’t get to 1144 by convention time, but gets within 100 votes, the uncommitted delegates will go to him. Newt has even publicly admitted this. There’s simply no way that the party will nominate any one of the Z-grade clown-shoes still in the race over the primary and delegate vote leader.

ebrown2 on April 3, 2012 at 12:04 AM

He is Super Newt, play on..Rick S play on, stop Mitt and his horrible campaign.

We have to stop this suicide march

Floor fight baby get your brass knuckles out

WARRIORS COME OUT AND PLAY!!!!

boogaleesnots on April 3, 2012 at 12:14 AM

you have 4 choices

1. vote for Romney
2. vote for Obama
3. don’t vote
4. move to argentina

gerrym51 on April 2, 2012 at 9:50 PM

That’s only 3 choices since 1 and 2 are effectively the same.

Farenht451 on April 3, 2012 at 2:09 AM

Fish and Newt begin to stink after 3

days

months.

rubberneck on April 3, 2012 at 2:26 AM

For the most part, what does he care what it says? He can always respectfully disagree with parts of it on the trail and no one seriously believes it’ll guide his decisions if/when he’s president.

Yet Republicans want to vote for this lying liberal? No wonder real Conservatives refused to run for POTUS. The American people don’t deserve them today.

DannoJyd on April 3, 2012 at 3:32 AM

boogaleesnots on April 3, 2012 at 12:14 AM

SWEET

RedLizard64 on April 3, 2012 at 3:54 AM

For the most part, what does he care what it says? He can always respectfully disagree with parts of it on the trail and no one seriously believes it’ll guide his decisions if/when he’s president.

Yet Republicans want to vote for this lying liberal? No wonder real Conservatives refused to run for POTUS. The American people don’t deserve them today.

DannoJyd on April 3, 2012 at 3:32 AM

I don’t think the majority of Republicans WANT to vote for lying liberal Romney. The elite establishment Republican machine is forcing him on the poor masses. Because, really, they’re so much smarter than the little people and it’s Romney’s turn after all. It’s in the bag and has been right from the 2008 primary campaign, when Romney dropped out because McCain was the chosen one.

The establishment pundits/media/machine don’t have a clue. There is significant unrest among the peasants with the ruling republican overlords. Think third conservative party, baby. It’s time.

http://www.cp-usa.com/home/

IndeCon on April 3, 2012 at 7:41 AM

In other words, his candidacy’s now basically no different than Ron Paul’s. Except that, across the last five states to vote, Paul actually won more delegates than Gingrich did.

Gingrich is basically still in the race out of spite. He could make more of an impact by supporting Santorum in a challenge to Romney but instead he wants to be the spoiler. He is a mean and selfish individual.

Happy Nomad on April 3, 2012 at 7:55 AM

Gingrich shifting focus from nomination to influencing GOP platform at the convention

Moon Base.

M240H on April 2, 2012 at 9:39 PM

Hitchhike with the Russians to get to the ISS.

ProudPalinFan on April 3, 2012 at 8:30 AM

No, there are just two choices.

1. Vote against Obama.
2. Vote for Romney.

rubberneck on April 3, 2012 at 9:33 AM

gerrym51 on April 2, 2012 at 9:50 PM

Why Argentina of all places?
We will *be* them before much longer. (or it that the joke?)

sandollar_sa on April 3, 2012 at 11:53 AM

Newt is not dropping out of the race, and Newt is not going to Tampa to concentrate on the platform.

Phil Byler on April 3, 2012 at 7:59 PM

Rubberneck at 9:33 AM April 3 says there are two choices: (i) vote for Obama; or (ii) vote for Romney. Sorry, but we are not there yet.

If Romney and his supporters continue to act arrogantly, then a third choice will becaome appealing to many principled conservatives: not vote for anyone for President. I am not advocating that course. I am stating a fact of political life.

Phil Byler on April 3, 2012 at 8:03 PM

Finally. Let’s see a top-notch energy platform.

talkingpoints on April 3, 2012 at 8:10 PM