Gingrich to “look realistically” at campaign status after landslide loss in Delaware; Update: Unofficially conceding to Romney? Update: Will concede on May 1, Fox reports

posted at 8:41 am on April 25, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Last night provided a moment to Newt Gingrich that Rick Santorum managed to avoid.  Santorum withdrew before a potentially embarrassing loss in Pennsylvania, keeping his credibility intact after a surprisingly successful run, which prompted most of the GOP to rally to Mitt Romney.  Gingrich couldn’t take the hint and insisted that the race would change now that he had Romney all to himself.  His campaign staked everything on a big win in Delaware, only hedging their bets slightly on the eve of the primary to say that a close second-place finish would be good enough to keep them in the race.

Gingrich finished in second place, but 29 points back at 56/27.  And Gingrich was fortunate enough to come in second in Delaware; in the other four states in last night’s primaries, Gingrich actually finished in third place behind Ron Paul. In Rhode Island, Gingrich didn’t even get a thousand votes, as Romney and Paul split the state 63/24, respectively.  Rarely has a campaign set expectations so high and had them blow up so spectacularly.

After watching the results, even Newt Gingrich sounded as though he’d gotten the hint, and dropped one of his own:

Following his five-state shutout Tuesday night, Newt Gingrich sent the strongest signal yet that he’s nearing the end of his tottering campaign.

“We’re going to look realistically at where we’re at,” Gingrich said at an election-night rally in North Carolina. “We are going to think carefully about how we can be the most helpful to this country.”

Even then, he still promised to campaign in North Carolina:

“I want to be vividly clear, we have 23 events here in North Carolina this week,” he said, in advance of that state’s May 8 primary. “We’re going to be at 23 events in North Carolina this week.”

Speaking of vividly clear, Gingrich spent the last few weeks campaigning in Delaware, hitting event after event, and it resulted in a 2-1 drubbing in the winner-take-all state of Delaware.    North Carolina’s primary is proportional, which means that Gingrich would at best end up splitting the 55 delegates at stake, so a narrow victory won’t change the 700+ delegate lead Romney has over Gingrich.  Romney will be close to 900 delegates at worst after Pennsylvania’s direct-election results are totalled, leaving him only 244 delegate away from a mathematical end to the primaries — and he has California (172 delegates), New Jersey (50 delegates) and Utah (40 delegates) in winner-take-all states where Gingrich can’t compete, let alone a likely large haul from Texas’ proportional primary with 155 delegates at stake, and nearly a dozen more states as well.

Gingrich did leave one more hint that reality is truly dawning:

Newt Gingrich on Tuesday hinted at a possible departure soon from the GOP presidential race, describing his upcoming role heading into the Republican convention in Tampa as that of a citizen rather than a candidate. …

Asked by reporters about his timeline for making his exit official, Gingrich indicated that he wouldn’t make an announcement before Sunday. Speaking later with a supporter, Gingrich said, “As a citizen, you can have all of my ideas on a regular basis – I’m not going to back off at all.”

Deep in debt and after blowing expectations with a crushing loss, it’s time for Gingrich to embrace the reality that he won’t be the Republican nominee.  He’s not hurting Romney with his continued campaign; he’s only damaging his own credibility and financial future, especially with four third-place finishes behind Ron Paul.  Time to go.

Update: Looks like it’s over, at least unofficially:

Following Romney’s clean sweep of all five primaries on Tuesday – including Delaware, where Gingrich had staked the remainder of his tattered campaign – the former House speaker said in a speech to the Gaston County GOP that “it’s pretty clear Governor Romney is going to be the nominee.”

“I think you have to at some point be honest with what’s happening in the real world, as opposed to what you’d like to have happened,” Gingrich said. “Governor Romney had a very good day yesterday. He got 67 [percent] in one state, and he got 63 in other, 62 in another. Now you have to give him some credit. I mean this guy’s worked six years, put together a big machine, and has put together a serious campaign.

“I think obviously that I would be a better candidate, but the objective fact is the voters didn’t think that,” Gingrich said. “And I also think it’s very, very important that we be unified.”

I’d assume that a formal concession will be made by the end of the week — and perhaps by the end of the day.  If Gingrich gets behind Romney, the next step in unification would be to help Gingrich retire his debt, which Romney would probably consider a small cost to ending the nagging question of unity.

Update II: Fox News reports that Gingrich will officially concede on May 1, and will “more than likely” endorse Romney at the same time.


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Newt reportedly dediced to drop out after a 4-hour meeting. Really? You needed 4 hours?

Philly on April 25, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Romney dropped quickly in 2008, and now we are seeing why. Not because he bravely took a bullet for the GOP and the country, but because TPTB in the GOP promised to make him bulletproof in the 2012 primary.

The RNC has no business cutting deals with candidates to load the primaries for the next cycle in their favor. So can we quit with all the “Z0MG HEZ AN EG0TIST 4 NOT DROPPING NOWNOWNOWRIGHTEFFINGNOW!” business? Without offering Newt or Santorum 2016 on a silver platter like they did Romney, you can’t expect them to drop their bids as quickly.

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 11:20 AM

cartooner on April 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM

While I disagree, I appreciate your position and cogent summary thereof, sans insults.

That is so pathetic. You need to grow up. I have read some whiney sore loser posts before but yours has to be one of the top ones. I guess that means you spent lots of time and/or money trying to help get your candidate elected, right?
Deanna on April 25, 2012 at 10:38 AM

SO …
We “paleocons” (Conservatarians actually) are characterized as:
“insane”, “immature”, and represent a “sore loser”.
Phew!
And yet NO ONE has a good reason why nominating Mittens will lead to the downfall of the Ø’Trauma. Meh
Why y’all support the left-leaning, flip-flopping cult member is beyond me.
There’s no way Willard beats ØbozØ.
(and that’s more of a sad commentary on conservative voters than anything else)
Have y’all met Dante, Machiavelli, Judas? Bring’em Up Young might have a job for you!
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Sayonara, months too late.

Philly on April 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Nope. Santorum’s and Gingrich’s staying in the race sharpened Romney’s game and vetted all of the candidates as should be done during primaries. “Inevitables” should never coast to a nomination.

onlineanalyst on April 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM

We have 1 WEEK to find A N Y T H I N G to stop Mitt Romney in his tracks. ANYTHING – WE CAN’T LOSE NEWT GINGRICH THE NOMINATION, now START DIGGING – We have 1 week.

The Nerve on April 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM

I was looking for the sarc tag above and could not see one…anyone else find it?

are you serious? I think the people on the right have spoken through the election process.

g2825m on April 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

Okay-so the moderates have presumptively defeated the conservatives to maintain control of the GOP.So we will have a Socialist and an unprincipled moderate from which to choose in November.One will lead us precipitously off a cliff,and the other will slow down the ultimate hurtling but not stop it from happening.As a conservative,I don’t have a horse in the race.In 2008 I held my nose and voted for McCain-figuring he might die in office and Palin would be President.I have voted for the Republican Presidential candidate in every electio0n since 1968.In November,I will go to the polls to vote for every conservative on the ballot.I will skip the top line.You can call me a sore loser,and can try to blame me should Romney lose.I had nothing to do with the nomination of a man who “fathered” Obamacare.I had nothing to do with the election of a GOP which caves on financial issues whenever it really counts.So you moderates have only yourselves to blame.

redware on April 25, 2012 at 11:28 AM

There’s no way Willard beats ØbozØ.
(and that’s more of a sad commentary on conservative voters than anything else)
Have y’all met Dante, Machiavelli, Judas? Bring’em Up Young might have a job for you!
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM

So very wrong…Romney will win by 5-7% this November. People are sick of the last 3 1/2 years of a King’s Rule and taken for idiots when it comes to the Constitution…by the Constitution scholar.

g2825m on April 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Speaker Gingrich is an honorable man. Given his showing in Delaware, his position is understandable.

That written, many conservatives and libertarians have been acting like Romney’s cheap date. (Yes, Ed Morrisey, that includes you.)

As Richard Viguerie, the god father of the conservative movement recently wrote:

Some conservatives were quick to endorse Mitt Romney now that the nomination looks settled. They got it exactly backwards – conservatives should not be rushing to embrace Romney; Romney should be rushing to embrace conservatives.

Mr. Viguerie went on to write:

No one wants to stay home during this important election cycle, however, Mitt Romney has given little evidence he wants, and is willing to work for, conservative support.

If Mitt Romney wants the support of grassroots conservatives and Tea Partiers, the next six moves are up to him.

So far there’s no new sign that a Romney administration will result in the kind of fiscally sound, constitutionally conservative government that conservatives saw coming from the other candidates in the race.

In fact, during the campaign Mitt Romney sent every signal possible he wanted to get the nomination without owing conservatives or the Tea Party anything.

Before conservatives give their support to Mitt Romney we must see concrete action. We must see that Romney will campaign as a conservative, govern as a conservative and that a Romney administration and a Romney White House will be dominated by conservatives – anything less means that even if conservatives support him and Romney is elected, we will have merely exchanged one set of Washington insiders for another in DC’s halls of power.
http://www.conservativehq.com/article/7603-where-do-conservatives-go-now

Mr. Viguerie has written a series of pieces titled:

“Where Do Conservatives Go Now?”

Parts 1-3
http://www.conservativehq.com/article/7603-where-do-conservatives-go-now

Parts 4 -6
http://www.conservativehq.com/article/7627-where-do-conservatives-go-now

Part 7
http://www.conservativehq.com/article/7655-where-do-conservatives-go-now

Part 8
http://www.conservativehq.com/article/7696-where-do-conservatives-go-now

Part 9
http://www.conservativehq.com/article/7713-where-do-conservatives-go-now

Useful reading. The Romney campaign needs to understand that there is little enthusiasm for his candidacy among the conservative movement and tea partiers, as evidenced by the dreadful voter turn out last night.

P.S. I see the debate about the VP selection is heating up. A suggestion for Romney, his campaign and his supporters. Stop attacking Sarah Palin by suggesting she was not properly vetted, blah, blah, blah. Total nonsense. Oh yes, if Romney wants to establish his bona fides with conservatives and tea partiers, he would be wise to give strong consideration to Palin’s recommended VP choice Allen West.

john.frank on April 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 11:21 AM

Sheesh another rant. And you didn’t answer my question. So I guess you didn’t spend a lot of time and/or moneytrying to get your candidate nominated? You know that means you just like to talk the talk? And by the way, politics is not your soul, well at least not mine, and I campaigned for Goldwater. LOL
Have a nice day.

Deanna on April 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Okay-so the moderates have presumptively defeated the conservatives to maintain control of the GOP. So we will have a Socialist and an unprincipled moderate from which to choose in November. One will lead us precipitously off a cliff,and the other will slow down the ultimate hurtling but not stop it from happening. As a conservative,I don’t have a horse in the race.In 2008 I held my nose and voted for McCain-figuring he might die in office and Palin would be President.I have voted for the Republican Presidential candidate in every electio0n since 1968.In November,I will go to the polls to vote for every conservative on the ballot.I will skip the top line.You can call me a sore loser,and can try to blame me should Romney lose.I had nothing to do with the nomination of a man who “fathered” Obamacare.I had nothing to do with the election of a GOP which caves on financial issues whenever it really counts.So you moderates have only yourselves to blame.

redware on April 25, 2012 at 11:28 AM

Amen³
“Get used to FOUR MORE YEARS of Our Fearless Leader, Ø’Vomit the 1st.”
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM

So very wrong…Romney will win by 5-7% this November. People are sick of the last 3 1/2 years of a King’s Rule and taken for idiots when it comes to the Constitution…by the Constitution scholar.

g2825m on April 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM

Without conservative enthusiasm, Romney would be lucky to clear vote fraud range in the fall. And because it would be so close, the focus will be on some swing state’s little hobby horse for the next couple of years, keeping our eyes off the real agenda, which will be tax reform and cutting spending.

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM

Sheesh another rant. And you didn’t answer my question. So I guess you didn’t spend a lot of time and/or moneytrying to get your candidate nominated? You know that means you just like to talk the talk? And by the way, politics is not your soul, well at least not mine, and I campaigned for Goldwater. LOL
Have a nice day.

Deanna on April 25, 2012 at 11:37 AM

Yo, chicklips, Barry Goldwater was my Senator. Been to his house. You?
Gingrich / Perry 2012
§§§§§§§§§§ ~(Ä)~ §§§§§§§§§
GOP Attack Squad Since 1972

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Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

g2825m on April 25, 2012 at 11:27 AM

If you think Mitt Romney is actually going to win the general election with his hollow, milquetoast, centerless, and passionless campaign you’re wishing too hard. Romney will get the John Kerry treatment, and with the media and leftist establishment to back incumbent Barack Obama up – it’s best we start preparing for 2016 shortly. I bet half the ‘dream’ candidates the right wants will pull Sarah Palin in 2012y ‘Ummmmmm, … nah.’ stunts and not run in the election, while the remainders who enter will be revealed as being the flawed, incoherent, guileless schmucks the 2008 & 2012 line ups were, too.

The Nerve on April 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

So very wrong…Romney will win by 5-7% this November. People are sick of the last 3 1/2 years of a King’s Rule and taken for idiots when it comes to the Constitution…by the Constitution scholar.

g2825m on April 25, 2012 at 11:30 AM
Without conservative enthusiasm, Romney would be lucky to clear vote fraud range in the fall. And because it would be so close, the focus will be on some swing state’s little hobby horse for the next couple of years, keeping our eyes off the real agenda, which will be tax reform and cutting spending.

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 11:39 AM

You guys that cannot stand Romney will be sorely surprised. There is PLENTY of enthusiasm BOTH FOR Romney and to get rid of Obama out of office.

g2825m on April 25, 2012 at 11:45 AM

If you think Mitt Romney is actually going to win the general election with his hollow, milquetoast, centerless, and passionless campaign you’re wishing too hard. Romney will get the John Kerry treatment, and with the media and leftist establishment to back incumbent Barack Obama up – it’s best we start preparing for 2016 shortly. I bet half the ‘dream’ candidates the right wants will pull Sarah Palin in 2012y ‘Ummmmmm, … nah.’ stunts and not run in the election, while the remainders who enter will be revealed as being the flawed, incoherent, guileless schmucks the 2008 & 2012 line ups were, too.

The Nerve on April 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

I’m a bit more optimistic about ’16. It’s a good sign Santorum and Gingrich held out this long. This is a preliminary indicator the RNC didn’t cut them a deal like they did Romney back in ’08 (If you want more $$ from me, I want my dunce walk by the idiots from ’08). And I think the deal cut in ’08 was a big reason Palin didn’t run, and a lot of the good candidates sat it out.

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 11:49 AM

The Nerve on April 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

The question for your Nerve and any other naysayer is are going to vote for the Republican ticket and Romney? If not then we won’t pay too much attention to what you have to say in contributing to a Republican victory. :o)

g2825m on April 25, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Wow! Butchered that above sentence…haha

“The question for you Nerve and any other naysayer is are you going to vote for the Republican ticket…? is what I meant.

g2825m on April 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

You guys that cannot stand Romney will be sorely surprised. There is PLENTY of enthusiasm BOTH FOR Romney and to get rid of Obama out of office.

g2825m on April 25, 2012 at 11:45 AM

More the latter than the former, I fear. Ask the Democrats in 2004 about that strategery.

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

The candidate that was my first choice until he showed it was personal for him when a rich opponent attacked him. Particularly Newt who was attacked mercifully through the 2nd half of the 90′s could not take it. A week away; a prime time speech. Big blankety blank speech.

democratsarefools on April 25, 2012 at 11:53 AM

We just lost the moon.

Electrongod on April 25, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Great quote, great reference. Fits Newt to a T, in several subtle ways. :)

PatriotGal2257 on April 25, 2012 at 11:56 AM

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 11:49 AM

Okay, so you say that there was a ‘deal’ cut in 2008 to ensure he was the nominee for 2012. But was this behind the scenes, or with the actual vote counts somehow? How did they actually pull that off?

g2825m on April 25, 2012 at 11:50 AM

We naysayers will vote for the minor party candidates this year. Somebody like Gary Johnson, who appears honest and speaks his mind. Plus, he had that funny ‘Dogs produce more shovel ready jobs line’ at that 1 debate. Remember that? Hilarious, and he was capable of thinking on his feet. Who could vote against him?

The Nerve on April 25, 2012 at 12:07 PM

“It’s just a flesh wound.”
“What are you going to do? Bleed on me?”

Romney dropped quickly in 2008, and now we are seeing why. Not because he bravely took a bullet for the GOP and the country, but because TPTB in the GOP promised to make him bulletproof in the 2012 primary.

The RNC has no business cutting deals with candidates to load the primaries for the next cycle in their favor.Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 11:20 AM

So the 5.8 million primary voters that have voted for Romney were in on this back room deal? Who knew? Given the commanding lead Romney has in the primary process, it’s almost as though … the voters have spoken. But no, that couldn’t be. It must have been back room deals. The Republican party should really nominate someone the primary voters haven’t been voting for as much-that’s the way to beat Obama.

talkingpoints on April 25, 2012 at 12:11 PM

Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 11:42 AM

LOL I wonder what Perry and Gingrich would think of your rants.
Big deal on the house visit, means diddly-squat. I’m not going to get into a one-up wrangle with you, you’d lose…trust me. And I have other things to do like spend time with the grandkids today. But I’ll bet you still want to post all the famous people you met or know…LOL
Take some advice, tone down your rants because it only makes your candidate look bad, but then you should know that. Or if you’re going to rant, do it with some style and intelligence. Have a nice, do something other than rant on here, and don’t bother to reply, I’m out of here.

Deanna on April 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM

I won’t believe it until I actually see it.

JPeterman on April 25, 2012 at 12:21 PM

Virginia was forced to choose between Romney and Paul, due to a rule change, whose timing knocked out all candidates that did not have a 2008 petition from which to crib voter information. A total coincidence, I am sure //

Fox News and the Drudge Report in particular have been strangely behind a particular candidate in 2012 in ways they were not behind any candidates in 2008 and previous elections.

Elements of the GOP have been happy to bash Sarah Palin, which *just coincidentally* benefitted her rival Romney. F the 11th commandment, right guys?

Romney dropped his 2008 bid *awfully fast* with a big wet kiss to McCain that precluded other candidates, despite there still being a lot of conservative resistance to McCain. I am so sure it was because of Romney’s *sense of duty,* and totally not because the RNC promised him 2012 or anything///

But the Chakra Hammers here think that all those primary voters were just *gasp* blown away by the incredible competence of the Romney campaign, and weren’t drumbeated with the “Romney is Inevitable” campaign, the Dextrosphere piling-on of all the other candidates, and *absolutely none* of Romney’s voters were Democrats setting Romney up for the multi-million dollar takedown 0bama has ready for him, right-o?

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 12:24 PM

Deanna on April 25, 2012 at 12:20 PM

“Take some advice, tone down your rants”.
Are you related to the live-in, left-wing nurse who married the sadly, unfortunately, and dementia-suffering Barry after his wife died?
(you know, the one who made Barry suddenly become pro-abortion)
Or, did you relay some of those MARS ham radio calls that Barry patched in to the families of Soldiers in Vietnam from his home on the side of Camelback Mountain?
I got your rants …
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Update II: Fox News reports that Gingrich will officially concede on May 1, and will “more than likely” endorse Romney at the same time.

So why doesn’t he concede now, instead of waiting for “Mayday”?

Steve Z on April 25, 2012 at 12:34 PM

And I think the deal cut in ’08 was a big reason Palin didn’t run, and a lot of the good candidates sat it out.

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 11:49 AM

I’m with you on this. I have said, since the 2008 election, that the RNC cut a deal with Romney to get him to pull out and “give the nomination” to McCain, which has led, in turn, to better candidates not jumping in the water this time around. Ah well. I voted for Gingrich in Michigan’s primary, but I’m going to vote for Romney (not that I’m happy about it) in November. I’m too frightened of Barack-the-lame-duck-and-who-needs-elections-anyway-Obama’s last term and what he will most definitely do given another bite at the proverbial apple, to not vote for Romney.

That being said, all the rabid Romneyites really should tone down their rhetoric because it just serves to turn the “Not Romneys” off. Just my 2 cents.

totherightofthem on April 25, 2012 at 12:39 PM

Did it ever occur to you that until the convention Romney isn’t the nominee? That said, Santorum may have waited out of courtesy to Newt. Something you could learn. Supporters like you are who put me and others off your candidate. I didn’t like any of the candidates but I am ABO and you’re a jerk.

Deanna on April 25, 2012 at 10:30 AM

If you have problems with a candidate because of how that candidate’s supporters are “making” you feel about her/him, you’re pointing your finger in the wrong direction away from where the real problem lies…

It’s hard to decide who’s been a sorer loser, Newt or Santorum – on one hand we’ve got Santorum, a perpetual whiner who hated the idea of losing to Romney so much that he strove to get Democrats in MI on his side to help him win but who at least had the sense to drop out before he further humiliated himself by losing his home state to Mitt, and on the other hand we’ve got Newt, who didn’t start out whining but ended up letting Romney get under his skin so much in IA that it caused not just one of the engines on his space shuttle to fail, it caused all of them to fail at the same time, and after that embarrassment has allowed himself to look even more petulant and pathethic by still refusing to quit! Mitt beat these 2 ineffectual bozos pretty much by default, unfortunately.

Bizarro No. 1 on April 25, 2012 at 1:07 PM

I’m a bit more optimistic about ’16. It’s a good sign Santorum and Gingrich held out this long. This is a preliminary indicator the RNC didn’t cut them a deal like they did Romney back in ’08 (If you want more $$ from me, I want my dunce walk by the idiots from ’08). And I think the deal cut in ’08 was a big reason Palin didn’t run, and a lot of the good candidates sat it out.

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 11:49 AM

hope your right …

buy more food … ammo … and firstaid supplies ….

conservative tarheel on April 25, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Useful reading. The Romney campaign needs to understand that there is little enthusiasm for his candidacy among the conservative movement and tea partiers, as evidenced by the dreadful voter turn out last night.

P.S. I see the debate about the VP selection is heating up. A suggestion for Romney, his campaign and his supporters. Stop attacking Sarah Palin by suggesting she was not properly vetted, blah, blah, blah. Total nonsense. Oh yes, if Romney wants to establish his bona fides with conservatives and tea partiers, he would be wise to give strong consideration to Palin’s recommended VP choice Allen West.

john.frank on April 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM

Conservatives and Tea Partiers who understand the importance of removing Obama are quite enthusiastic to have Mitt as the nominee. If the turnout was low, it was because the result was a foregone conclusion.

Col West is a good man but he does not have the executive qualifications to be a VP. Even if he did have the necessary background, Col West lacks message discipline. Romney is going to make this election about Obama’s pathetic record. He is not going to make any decisions that will let the Democrats make it about anything else.

The GOP dodged a couple of bullets when Santorum and Gingrich went down to defeat. If either were the nominee, the election would be about their idiosyncrasies. With Romney as the nominee the election will be about Obama’s economic and fiscal failures and Mitt’s solutions.

Basilsbest on April 25, 2012 at 2:18 PM

Romney dropped quickly in 2008, and now we are seeing why. Not because he bravely took a bullet for the GOP and the country, but because TPTB in the GOP promised to make him bulletproof in the 2012 primary.

The RNC has no business cutting deals with candidates to load the primaries for the next cycle in their favor. So can we quit with all the “Z0MG HEZ AN EG0TIST 4 NOT DROPPING NOWNOWNOWRIGHTEFFINGNOW!” business? Without offering Newt or Santorum 2016 on a silver platter like they did Romney, you can’t expect them to drop their bids as quickly.

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 11:20 AM

Created out of whole cloth. That’s quite the imagination you have there, Conspirazoid. Is it drug assisted?

Basilsbest on April 25, 2012 at 2:25 PM

His campaign was nearly dead so he’s leaving it for a younger one.

dft2000 on April 25, 2012 at 2:26 PM

Speaker Gingrich is an honorable man. Given his showing in Delaware, his position is understandable.

That written, many conservatives and libertarians have been acting like Romney’s cheap date. (Yes, Ed Morrisey, that includes you.)

As Richard Viguerie, the god father of the conservative movement recently wrote:

Some conservatives were quick to endorse Mitt Romney now that the nomination looks settled. They got it exactly backwards – conservatives should not be rushing to embrace Romney; Romney should be rushing to embrace conservatives.

Mr. Viguerie went on to write:

No one wants to stay home during this important election cycle, however, Mitt Romney has given little evidence he wants, and is willing to work for, conservative support.

If Mitt Romney wants the support of grassroots conservatives and Tea Partiers, the next six moves are up to him.

So far there’s no new sign that a Romney administration will result in the kind of fiscally sound, constitutionally conservative government that conservatives saw coming from the other candidates in the race.

In fact, during the campaign Mitt Romney sent every signal possible he wanted to get the nomination without owing conservatives or the Tea Party anything.

Before conservatives give their support to Mitt Romney we must see concrete action. We must see that Romney will campaign as a conservative, govern as a conservative and that a Romney administration and a Romney White House will be dominated by conservatives – anything less means that even if conservatives support him and Romney is elected, we will have merely exchanged one set of Washington insiders for another in DC’s halls of power.
http://www.conservativehq.com/article/7603-where-do-conservatives-go-now

Mr. Viguerie has written a series of pieces titled:

“Where Do Conservatives Go Now?”

Parts 1-3
http://www.conservativehq.com/article/7603-where-do-conservatives-go-now

Parts 4 -6
http://www.conservativehq.com/article/7627-where-do-conservatives-go-now

Part 7
http://www.conservativehq.com/article/7655-where-do-conservatives-go-now

Part 8
http://www.conservativehq.com/article/7696-where-do-conservatives-go-now

Part 9
http://www.conservativehq.com/article/7713-where-do-conservatives-go-now

Useful reading. The Romney campaign needs to understand that there is little enthusiasm for his candidacy among the conservative movement and tea partiers, as evidenced by the dreadful voter turn out last night.

P.S. I see the debate about the VP selection is heating up. A suggestion for Romney, his campaign and his supporters. Stop attacking Sarah Palin by suggesting she was not properly vetted, blah, blah, blah. Total nonsense. Oh yes, if Romney wants to establish his bona fides with conservatives and tea partiers, he would be wise to give strong consideration to Palin’s recommended VP choice Allen West.

john.frank on April 25, 2012 at 11:36 AM

This.

IndeCon on April 25, 2012 at 4:07 PM

I mean this guy’s worked six years, put together a big machine, and has put together a serious campaign.

Yes. Mitt Romney is running a major league campaign.

crosspatch on April 25, 2012 at 4:19 PM

We have 1 WEEK to find A N Y T H I N G to stop Mitt Romney in his tracks. ANYTHING – WE CAN’T LOSE NEWT GINGRICH THE NOMINATION, now START DIGGING – We have 1 week.

The Nerve on April 25, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Yes, Newt is the only one that can defeat Obama. He may have only won two states among Republican voters, but his appeal is much broader than that. His 4th place finish in Alaska despite Palin’s endorsement just shows that Palin would be a worse candidate-it’s no reflection on Newt as a weak candidate. And as the nominee, the Republican party can make sure that he gets on all the state ballots and that his filing fees are paid. Hang in there, Newt!

talkingpoints on April 25, 2012 at 6:05 PM

Rick Perry has already endorsed Romney.

Kermit on April 25, 2012 at 8:56 PM

In light of Gingrich’s decision to leave the Presidential Race, I hereby suspend my campaign to be the first governor of the Moon.

cavalier973 on April 26, 2012 at 1:17 AM

Will Romney be the nominee?

Yes.

Would it behoove his supporters to show a little class and not trash Newt and his supporters right now?

Well that seems to be something they are having great deal of difficulty understanding. Romney ran perhaps the most negative campaign in Republican party history. He also has very poor conservative credentials. Enthusiasm AGAINST Obama is very high among Republicans. Enthusiasm however FOR Romney among Republicans is very low, arguably the lowest for any of our nominees in modern history. If Mitt’s supporters want that to change they need to start with their tone toward the other candidates supporters.

Reggie1971 on April 26, 2012 at 1:21 PM

Thank you, Newt
by William A. Jacobson Thursday, April 26, 2012 at 8:41am

Newt Gingrich will be exiting the race next week. Newt not only will endorse Mitt Romney for President, Newt will pledge to work without rest to defeat Obama.

Is there anyone Romney would rather have on his side than Newt?

Oh yes, Newt will go there so that Romney doesn’t have to. Newt will speak the truth about Obama in language and with a clarity a nominee can’t in the age of the Obama-adoring mainstream media.

Before Newt turns to that other role, I wanted to thank Newt for his campaign, a campaign I endorsed on November 16.

Those who nurtured their decades-old grudges and sought to belittle Newt actually belittled themselves. That so many of them to this day cannot resist getting in their parting shots is a sad commentary on their commentaries. The Republican and conservative media Lilliputians managed to tie Newt down, but that did not make them giants.

As Newt turns the page, he deserves our praise and thanks. I hope that we as a party are big enough for that.

So thank you, Mr. Speaker. Onward.

Complete article:

http://legalinsurrection.com/2012/04/thank-you-newt/

IndeCon on April 26, 2012 at 2:57 PM

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