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 we like the richer Progressive better.

PappyD61 on April 25, 2012 at 8:44 AM

Coffee’s brewing, Newt. Wake up and smell it.

BTW, barack sucks.

DuctTapeMyBrain on April 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM

See ya, Newt!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM

Gingrich is a joke.

Don’t worry, gang, Gingrich will get a gig at CNN trashing the GOP and playing the victim card. His next book will be called “How Romney Stoll the GOP Nomination”

It’s all good.

NickDeringer on April 25, 2012 at 8:45 AM

My guess is Newt was trying to get a win or decent showing before dropping out. I’m sure he thought he could pick up Enough Santorum voters. In an attempt to save face, he has only made it worse. He’s actually become more of a joke. So sad.

cd98 on April 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

The ONLY reason that Newt is still in is EGO.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

“Gee-advisors what do ya think? Should I continue the race or not-it’s a hard decision- it being so close and all.”

3dpuzzman on April 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

Newt, I love ya. I even supported you for a while. Unfortunately, you made a few unforced errors early on so you have no one to blame but yourself. Nice try, and thanks for ’94 and the good things that came out of that victory, for a while anyway.

If you can swallow your pride, I’d think you’d be a very powerful asset to the party and the movement going forward. But it’s time to go now, and gracefully. You can do it.

Rixon on April 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

I have to say, Mitt gave a very nice speech last night.

Newt, you’re done.

Now, we must defeat Obama………for the sake of our futures.


V-A Day (Victory for America) Day.

November 6th, 2012

PappyD61 on April 25, 2012 at 8:50 AM

We just lost the moon.

Electrongod on April 25, 2012 at 8:51 AM

About the only thing the Newt Campaign has accomplished is prove that Newt is completely unfit for any office.

wildcat72 on April 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

My guess is Newt was trying to get a win or decent showing before dropping out. I’m sure he thought he could pick up Enough Santorum voters. In an attempt to save face, he has only made it worse. He’s actually become more of a joke. So sad.

cd98 on April 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

I really don’t get his mindset over the last month or so. The man’s been consistently coming in 3rd or 4th in every primary for a while now. It was clear that not only was he not going to be the nominee, but that the only other candidate who had a prayer of beating Romney(and it was only a prayer) was Santorum. And once he bowed out, Newt should’ve taken the hint.

Doughboy on April 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

Sayonara, months too late.

Philly on April 25, 2012 at 8:52 AM

My guess is Newt was trying to get a win or decent showing before dropping out. I’m sure he thought he could pick up Enough Santorum voters. In an attempt to save face, he has only made it worse. He’s actually become more of a joke. So sad.

cd98 on April 25, 2012 at 8:46 AM

…last night I was looking for Santorum numbers to be added to Newts numbers from the ABR voters….mmmmmmmmmmmm?
Put on a dress and sing Newt!

KOOLAID2 on April 25, 2012 at 8:53 AM

O/T

Just read on another site that Greta Van Sustern was taking Lindsey Lohan to the White House correspondance dinner. Please, please, please, let Obama be photographed with her. Kiss of death.

BettyRuth on April 25, 2012 at 8:54 AM

Thank you Mr. Speaker, you gave it a valiant try, but alas, it was not to be.

Hopefully Mr. Romney will put you the position of Press Secretary in his administration.

Once more, for old-time’s sake.

Hang in there Newt…!!!

h/t Seven Percent Solution

Flora Duh on April 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Dancing With the Stars, Newt, definitely.

Philly on April 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM

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.

Santorum is still angry and petulant. He can’t even bring himself to endorse the nominee. He has no class and therefore no credibility. Santorum has demonstrated that those who supported him are lacking judgement.

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.

Newt will stay in as long as he’s collecting more money than he’s spending.

The longer Santorum, Gingrich and Palin take to rally around the nominee, the more they risk making themselves irrelevant.

Basilsbest on April 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

While one can admire Newt’s dogged determination…one also has to understand that Newt really needs to learn to let go of the chew toy.

I suggested it way back in 2004, and again in 2008, Newt could do a lot more good as éminence grise and help rebuild and guide the Conservative movement in America back into a real Party…and Sarah would be another, and there are more who should give this active consideration.

Principles, not personalities is what it is going to take to get Conservatism back in the maintream. Conservatism lends to Liberty.

Leftist, Progressive and Nanny-statist dependence on government lends to the spawning of dictatorship.

coldwarrior on April 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Go back to Tiffany’s, Newt, and buy your wife a nice “maybe next time” piece of jewelry.

We’re reduced to ABO, and you’re unfit for any leadership position. You’re an idea guy, so stick with that. Sorry, champ.

search4truth on April 25, 2012 at 9:01 AM

Whether or not Newt stays in the race, PBHO still ate dog.

Bishop on April 25, 2012 at 9:03 AM

Yeah, the mere presence of Newt Gingrich is the absolutely only reason conservatives continue not to be happy about Romney, so let’s bash on him some more ///

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 9:03 AM

You don’t get into politics without an oversized ego, and Newt’s is huge even by those standards. I think he actually really believed in his heart of hearts that all that was stopping him from his ninth surge was Santorum, and that in a one on one with Romney, he had a chance.

Hopefully, someone on his team loves the man enough that they sit him down and help him see that he is just tarnishing his won legacy now. He remains a man of great and lofty ideas and can still be an asset to the party and his country going forward.

FuzzyLogic on April 25, 2012 at 9:04 AM

Newt never “looks realistically” at Newt. In fact, Newt has always looked at Newt very un-realistically.

Marcus on April 25, 2012 at 9:04 AM

What?? So soon???

ames on April 25, 2012 at 9:05 AM

Maybe the same realistic thinking he brought to a moon colony?

verbaluce on April 25, 2012 at 9:07 AM

While one can admire Newt’s dogged determination…one also has to understand that Newt really needs to learn to let go of the chew toy.

coldwarrior on April 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

IMO we are several weeks beyond “dogged determination” and Newt Gingrich has tarnished his reputation by his rhetoric that defies all common sense. Did he really think that a significant portion of the base was going to rally around him last night? I fear that he did and the results were somewhat of a shock, especially the Delaware drubbing whose Republicans kicked out a moderate sure-fire winning candidate and ran Christine “I am not a witch” O’Donnell.

It has been weeks since Gingrich has been a viable candidate and he is the only one that doesn’t seem to understand that.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2012 at 9:11 AM

Thank goodness we didn’t get stuck with this utterly ridiculous and delusional man Newt Gingrich as our nominee.

bluegill on April 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Santorum is still angry and petulant. He can’t even bring himself to endorse the nominee. He has no class and therefore no credibility. Santorum has demonstrated that those who supported him are lacking judgement.

Newt will stay in as long as he’s collecting more money than he’s spending.

The longer Santorum, Gingrich and Palin take to rally around the nominee, the more they risk making themselves irrelevant.

Basilsbest on April 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

36 minutes ago

@Drudge_Report: Santorum to endorse… http://t.co/pPw30d2C

Gingrich and Palin have said repeatedly that defeating Obama is the number 1 goal in this election, no matter who the nominee is.

Your guy won. I can’t understand why you still find it necessary to belittle the other candidates AND their supporters. Especially when your going to need those supporters to go head-to-head against Obama and the Democrats. You know, the real adversaries in the coming months.

Flora Duh on April 25, 2012 at 9:14 AM

I know that Newt can’t win and Romney has the nomination. It’s just sad that the primary is always over before I even get a chance to vote.

Dollayo on April 25, 2012 at 9:15 AM

Yeah, the mere presence of Newt Gingrich is the absolutely only reason conservatives continue not to be happy about Romney, so let’s bash on him some more ///

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 9:03 AM

I’m sorry but it is time to get down to the serious business of the general election and getting Obama out of office. It is time for this internecine GOP food fight to stop.

Mitt Romney was not my first choice, nor was he my second choice. He has his own flaws BUT he is going to be the nominee and he delivered a kick-arse speech last night. Obama’s people are trying to frame the debate that Romney just isn’t cool enough to be President while Romney is talking about the food stamp President. You tell me who is going to win that debate?

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

First time for everything, I suppose.

OldEnglish on April 25, 2012 at 9:16 AM

That’s the thing…Santorum fought the good fight and bowed out with head held relatively high. Newt, however, has embarrassed himself by continuing the charade. I don’t know if it’s simply pure ego and delusion, or an extended audition for a gig at MSNBC, but it’s been sad to watch.

changer1701 on April 25, 2012 at 9:17 AM

Gingrich should have dropped out after Florida, when it became clear that he wasn’t up to the job of either representing the party or beating Romney at his own game. SC was definitely his high-water mark.

What a child he’s been since then. I hope, now that he’s on the verge of financial ruin and staggeringly in debt, and that his vote-splitting probably helped ensure Romney’s victory over Rick Santorum, that he’s satisfied with himself.

KingGold on April 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Thank goodness we didn’t get stuck with this utterly ridiculous and delusional man Newt Gingrich as our nominee.

bluegill on April 25, 2012 at 9:12 AM

Tell me about it. Being stuck with your utterly ridiculous and delusional self is a big enough cross to bear.

cozmo on April 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Newt is the Black Knight of the GOP primary. Florida defeat – ‘Tis But a scratch’ – Super Tuesday – ‘But a Flesh Wound’ and last night failed to ‘bite Romney’s leg off.’

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dhRUe-gz690

As the late, great Dandy Don Meredith used to sing ‘Turn out the lights, this party’s over —’. Except I doubt for Newt that ‘tomorrow starts the same ol’ thing again.’

NeoDawg on April 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann (who hasn’t endorsed) and even John Huntsman showed a lot of class after ending their respective campaigns.

Four years ago, Romney also displayed great character when he put his ego aside and, for the good of the country, quickly gave his full support to our then-presumptive nominee.

Rick Santorum seems to be inching in the right direction, though he could learn some lessons from them.

bluegill on April 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Ron Paul owned Gingrich last night. What a showing for “the last conservtive standing,” lol.

TheDriver on April 25, 2012 at 9:23 AM

Contests won: 2
Contests Lost: 44
Third place finishes: 12

why should Newt get out now when he is doing just as well as he did 3 weeks ago, 6 weeks ago, and 9 weeks ago?

obviously the American people are demanding that only one Newton Gingrich should be the President!

AirForceCane on April 25, 2012 at 9:27 AM

Hopefully, someone on his team loves the man enough that they sit him down and help him see that he is just tarnishing his won legacy now.

Uh, THEY DID! That is why his first campaign staff quit on him en masse last summer, and his last campaign staffers quit a month ago, and more a few weeks ago!

He is an ignoramus.

AirForceCane on April 25, 2012 at 9:31 AM

Tim Pawlenty, Michele Bachmann (who hasn’t endorsed) and even John Huntsman showed a lot of class after ending their respective campaigns.

Four years ago, Romney also displayed great character when he put his ego aside and, for the good of the country, quickly gave his full support to our then-presumptive nominee.

Rick Santorum seems to be inching in the right direction, though he could learn some lessons from them.

bluegill on April 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM

Your hatred for anyone not in love with Romney is upsetting.

Especially when Drudge has had the “Santorum to endorse…” headline op for an hour.

Even now that Romney has basically wrapped it up, his supporters cannot stop belittling their fellow republican voters.

Nice GOTV effort you guys got working. Especially in a cycle where Romney is not popular and needs all the help he can get.

Spliff Menendez on April 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

Gingrich should have dropped out after Florida,
KingGold on April 25, 2012 at 9:18 AM

Sorry, but I’m going to have to disagree. After the speech Romney gave last night it’s pretty clear that having this primary go on as long as it did was a very good thing. Last night’s speech by Romney was the first true indication that this primary has sharpened Mitt’s style and presentation to where he now genuinely has a chance to defeat the Marxist-in-Chief.

SWalker on April 25, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Actually, Newt sounded like he was going to take the hint almost a month ago, after his southern state losses. But when Santorum unexpectedly suspended his campaign, Gingrich got it in his head that all of Rick’s potential voters were going to come flooding to his cause, and went from sounding ready to drop out one day to honing his convention acceptance speech the next day.

…which is Newt’s problem in the end. His ego make him blow small positive moments into way more than they are, because he conjures up grandiose scenarios for himself. Odds are if he had come within two points on Romney on Tuesday in Delaware while still finishing third behind Mitt and Ron Paul in the other three states, Newt would have been doing a victory lap on this morning’s network shows and figuring out what he was going to do with all of Texas’ electoral votes at the end of May.

jon1979 on April 25, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Spliff Menendez on April 25, 2012 at 9:36 AM

I voted for Mitt in the ’08 primaries-in Illinois your choices were Mitt or Mac-but this time around I thought we could do better.
That SAID-Mitt will be a HUGE improvement over Zero.
Go Mitt!

annoyinglittletwerp on April 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

Last night’s speech by Romney was the first true indication that this primary has sharpened Mitt’s style and presentation to where he now genuinely has a chance to defeat the Marxist-in-Chief.

SWalker on April 25, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I tend to agree. But now the heavy lifting has to start. Obama’s people, after changing their underwear following Romney’s speech last night, will pull down the book with all the dirt on Romney and begin the smear campaign in earnest. Romney needs to keep to the themes we heard last night and hammering home the idea that we are not better off than we were four years ago. But that isn’t enough, at the same time he has to start throwing out how he would govern. Last night’s speech was the first time I truly had a sense that the GOP may be successful in defeating the jug-eared socialist in the White House.

Happy Nomad on April 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

jon1979 on April 25, 2012 at 9:38 AM

Newt wasn’t going to take Texas.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

[I]n the other four states in last night’s primaries, Gingrich actually finished in third place behind Ron Paul

Actually, it’s even worse than that. In PA, he couldn’t even beat Zombie Santorum.

sadarj on April 25, 2012 at 9:48 AM

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.

As distasteful as the idea sounds to me, that’s probably the best course of action – but Gingrich (and for that matter Santorum) should put up or shut up, now. If they say they’re committed to supporting the Republican nominee, let’s see some action in that direction.

Romney owes them nothing until they support him unconditionally. If yesterday showed us anything, it’s that Not Romney as a political force of any kind is a thing of the past.

KingGold on April 25, 2012 at 9:50 AM

“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.” – Cap’n Ed

Scuse me while I whip this out … ”
Aside from the mantra “ABO” (anyone but obama), what does Romney bring to the table that will endear him to General Election voters? Independents? Moderates? Mormons? In other words: squishes.
Well, good luck with that! The closest incarnation of a conservative resides within Newt Gingrich. Why won’t Mittens debate the man one on one? Why is Ø’Bumbler afraid of debating Newt?
The MittBots are hoping that their strange bedfellow can beat the thuggish, faux messiah of a laggard from ChiTown … You know, the Half-Rican American.
Those conservatives who are willing to “settle” for Willard are just as bad as a man or woman who “settles” for a spouse, having been previously unsuccessful in the romance department and praying that the movie is not replayed. Well, what is the difference among all of the failed GOP candidates who believed, along with the RNC: “It’s My Turn”.
Bravo Sierra
The spineless, flip-flopping, faux conservative Willard Romney doesn’t represent ME.
This “Conservatarian” aint buying whatever planet Willard is trying to sell today.
THIS time (again), money talks and büllshít just continue to walk the weak talk.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM

We just lost the moon.

Electrongod on April 25, 2012 at 8:51 AM

Excellent. (Apollo 13)

bluealice on April 25, 2012 at 9:58 AM

Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM

Amen.

katy the mean old lady on April 25, 2012 at 9:59 AM

After the speech Romney gave last night it’s pretty clear that having this primary go on as long as it did was a very good thing.

SWalker on April 25, 2012 at 9:37 AM

I don’t disagree with that point, but I submit that Gingrich had as much to do with the course of the primary after Florida as Gary Johnson did. To wit, nil.

KingGold on April 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

It utterly amazes me that some posters like to kick Newt around
or anyone else for that matter.

Somehow they might think their intellect increases if they
“back the right or winning candidate”. News flash! It does not.

There may be a correlation between those who played sports and
those who did not.

Newt got on the field and played the ball. The other team won.
No harm, no foul.

You make yourselves look weak and silly by bashing a candidate
who has given a lot to this country. While you have given nothing.

Amjean on April 25, 2012 at 10:01 AM

Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I’m a conservatarian as well-but there’s no way in effing hades that I’m gonna let Zero win another term. Mitt will be MUCH better.
You wanna commit sepaku-fine.
Don’t expect sane conservatives to join you.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 25, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Newt is thinking of getting Romney to help retire his debt–as he continues to increase that debt by fighting Romney? Perhaps he ought to stay in till the very last and get all the money he can? What a maroon.

Alma on April 25, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Four years ago, Romney also displayed great character when he put his ego aside and, for the good of the country, quickly gave his full support to our then-presumptive nominee.

bluegill on April 25, 2012 at 9:22 AM

…he gave us McCain…and look what happened “for the good of the country”… and that’s why he was my last choice this time around

KOOLAID2 on April 25, 2012 at 10:05 AM

Good choice Newt.

gophergirl on April 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

Don’t expect sane conservatives to join you.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 25, 2012 at 10:03 AM

There are quite a few astral-plane dwellers coming out of the woodwork recently.

KingGold on April 25, 2012 at 10:07 AM

no way should Romney help to retire that 4 million debt!

why? it does nothing to help him- it might even help Romney to have Gingrich out there waddling around zoos talking his crazy talk. not one red cent should be taken from the effort to win the White House.

let Gingrich pay off his own debts- I thought he was a conservative?!

AirForceCane on April 25, 2012 at 10:08 AM

Why wait till Tuesday?

vcferlita on April 25, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Sorry, but I’m going to have to disagree. After the speech Romney gave last night it’s pretty clear that having this primary go on as long as it did was a very good thing. Last night’s speech by Romney was the first true indication that this primary has sharpened Mitt’s style and presentation to where he now genuinely has a chance to defeat the Marxist-in-Chief.

SWalker on April 25, 2012 at 9:37 AM

This. Exactly. Also pulled his positions to the right.

Irritable Pundit on April 25, 2012 at 10:12 AM

That ego was costing as much as Callista, eh, Newt?

cartooner on April 25, 2012 at 10:15 AM

As I said in the other thread, now that Gingrich is slated to concede and endorse, it’s going to be awfully bad for Santorum if Gingrich beats him to the punch. Santorum’s going to look like a sore loser.

KingGold on April 25, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Why wait till Tuesday?

vcferlita on April 25, 2012 at 10:10 AM

Another week to continue the illusion for his own ego.

Bitter Clinger on April 25, 2012 at 10:18 AM

It’s all on you now, Mitt. Can you deliver?

stenwin77 on April 25, 2012 at 10:19 AM

Sorry, but I’m going to have to disagree. After the speech Romney gave last night it’s pretty clear that having this primary go on as long as it did was a very good thing. Last night’s speech by Romney was the first true indication that this primary has sharpened Mitt’s style and presentation to where he now genuinely has a chance to defeat the Marxist-in-Chief.

SWalker on April 25, 2012 at 9:37 AM

Not really. Romney has been saying this stuff since the beginning, it was just falling on deaf ears because the “RINO” chorus was so loud during the primary process. Romney has been consistently taking it to Obama since the very beginning.

Swerve22 on April 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

FoxNews reports that Gingrich will officially concede on May 1

Alas, the time has come. It’s been a heck of a roller coaster ride.

lynncgb on April 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

Thanks Newt, we tried for ya. I will wear my Newt 2012 shirt to work, to make the libs mad……..

angrymike on April 25, 2012 at 10:24 AM

Swerve 22
Nope, first he took it to Newt, know he’s taking it to O.
By the way, Obama ate a dog ……….

angrymike on April 25, 2012 at 10:26 AM

Sorry, but I’m going to have to disagree. After the speech Romney gave last night it’s pretty clear that having this primary go on as long as it did was a very good thing. Last night’s speech by Romney was the first true indication that this primary has sharpened Mitt’s style and presentation to where he now genuinely has a chance to defeat the Marxist-in-Chief.

For a while, I thought the extended primary schedule was a bad thing, but now I’ve really come to agree with you. Every single viable candidate got a long hard look, and their good and bad qualities were on full view.

Six months is plenty of time for all the bruised feeling to heal up and get people to focus on retiring Obama to a comfortable life of giving speeches.

FuzzyLogic on April 25, 2012 at 10:27 AM

May 1st ? Isn’t that a big commie day? nice timing dude.

Hummer53 on April 25, 2012 at 10:28 AM

We just lost the moon.

Electrongod on April 25, 2012 at 8:51 AM

We can still have the Moon—and Mars, and the Asteroids, too—if Mitt will nominate Newt for his Vice-Presidential running mate, and when they win, give him the NASA assignment.

Newt will provide the vision that Mr. Manager Mitt lacks.

MrLynn on April 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM

While I share SOME of your sentiments, I’m sorry, but Newt is a conservative only when it suits him. Mittens is certainly not my choice, but Obama has to go. I’m confident most of us will be sick of Romney by 2116, so for once, let’s buck the establishment and primary his butt! Oh, I’m as mad as anyone that Romney is the nominee, I’m sitting here in the largest red state in the whole damn nation, and have no say as to who the nominee will be! No, little purple swing states played a much bigger roll picking these clowns. But I WILL vote against Obama in November, even if I have to vote Mitt to do it.

cartooner on April 25, 2012 at 10:29 AM

Santorum is still angry and petulant. He can’t even bring himself to endorse the nominee. He has no class and therefore no credibility. Santorum has demonstrated that those who supported him are lacking judgement.

Newt will stay in as long as he’s collecting more money than he’s spending.

The longer Santorum, Gingrich and Palin take to rally around the nominee, the more they risk making themselves irrelevant.

Basilsbest on April 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

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

Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 9:56 AM

I’m a conservatarian as well-but there’s no way in effing hades that I’m gonna let Zero win another term. Mitt will be MUCH better.
You wanna commit sepaku-fine.
Don’t expect sane conservatives to join you.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 25, 2012 at 10:03 AM

Hmmmmmm …
So, those of us who recognize that Mittens is as weak a candidate as Bob Dole (1996 for you youngins) should just shut up because WE are “insane”? Is that the best you can do? Meanwhile, back on Planet Xenon, you hope to join Willard there some day, eh?
Congrats. Selling ones soul for a win is repulsive to many of us.
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Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

In my mind I’m winning Carolina…

EddieC on April 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

As I said in the other thread, now that Gingrich is slated to concede and endorse, it’s going to be awfully bad for Santorum if Gingrich beats him to the punch. Santorum’s going to look like a sore loser.

KingGold on April 25, 2012 at 10:16 AM

Santorum is a sore loser. To rise from a polling asterisk to the closest runner-up with a nomination within actual reach, all on a shoestring budget, just to fade back into nobody – boy, that ought to have left a mark.

I wonder what Ron Paul is up to. I doubt he’ll run interference for the Republicans since his son’s bright political future might be at stake. Yet, considering his loose-cannon reputation, devoted following, stable finances, and the fact that he’s at the end of his political career, he might feel no obligation to officially concede or endorse. And get me right, I have my disagreements with Paul’s cohorts but I want him to be a part of the Big Tent. Not just because Romney needs his voters, but also because I want his economic and Small Government message to be heard from the rooftops, all the way until 2016.

Archivarix on April 25, 2012 at 10:34 AM

Keep swinging at Barry Newt. you’re still needed in this fight, even though you won’t be the nominee. and Godspeed Callista. you’re golden helmet hair of beauty and beak nose gave me life, as did your husbands fire during some of the debates.

GhoulAid on April 25, 2012 at 10:35 AM

Gingrich and Palin have said repeatedly that defeating Obama is the number 1 goal in this election, no matter who the nominee is.

Your guy won. I can’t understand why you still find it necessary to belittle the other candidates AND their supporters. Especially when your going to need those supporters to go head-to-head against Obama and the Democrats. You know, the real adversaries in the coming months.

Flora Duh on April 25, 2012 at 9:14 AM

+5000

You Yankee “severe conservatives” get out-voted by your limousine liberal neighbors every time, and you will be out-voted in your Yankee states in this election, too—all the way until the Baby Boomers are all in the ground or the rest home. Your enthusiasm means less than you’d like to think. Out-voted Yankees, Mormons, and will-vote-for-a-juice-can-with-an-R guys won’t pull Romney over the line. The Democrats have had six years to figure out how to kill the supposed crossover appeal Romney has with independents, so y’all are stuck having to get conservatives in swing states out to vote.

Y’all can start by not insulting us.

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 10:36 AM

It’s about time Newt’s campaign said May Day!

blammm on April 25, 2012 at 10:37 AM

Thank you Mr. Speaker, you gave it a valiant try, but alas, it was not to be.

Hopefully Mr. Romney will put you the position of Press Secretary in his administration.

Once more, for old-time’s sake.

Hang in there Newt…!!!

h/t Seven Percent Solution
Flora Duh on April 25, 2012 at 8:55 AM

Flora Duh,
I do not see Gingrich taking a position and not that Romney would not offer one BUT that Gingrich’s ego would be too big to take anything less than the POTUS position. Thoughts?

g2825m on April 25, 2012 at 10:38 AM

Hmmmmmm …
So, those of us who recognize that Mittens is as weak a candidate as Bob Dole (1996 for you youngins) should just shut up because WE are “insane”? Is that the best you can do? Meanwhile, back on Planet Xenon, you hope to join Willard there some day, eh?
Congrats. Selling ones soul for a win is repulsive to many of us.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

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

Comrade Newty, hero of the OWS revolution, chooses May Day to concede. I guess that’s fitting. But considering his level of “success” this cycle, April 1 would have been even more appropriate.

cicerone on April 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM

If there’s anything worse than a sore loser, it’s a sore winner.

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM

Congrats. Selling ones soul for a win is repulsive to many of us.
~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

Stop embarrassing yourself.

cicerone on April 25, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

I’m Jewish-not Mormon.
I’m also a realist.
Reality is fun.
you should try joining it some day.
*Btw:My first vote was for GHWB in ’88*

annoyinglittletwerp on April 25, 2012 at 10:45 AM

Comrade Newty, hero of the OWS revolution, chooses May Day to concede. I guess that’s fitting. But considering his level of “success” this cycle, April 1 would have been even more appropriate.

cicerone on April 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM

And right on cue, my point is made. Thanks, Cissy!

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 10:46 AM

there’s anything worse than a sore loser, it’s a sore winner.

Sekhmet on April 25, 2012 at 10:40 AM

They’re both bad. I wonder what the candidates would think of some of the posts here from their supporters? Just think of how those could be used against them. And I wonder how many of these posters who rant and rave about their candidate on the internet actually did anything to get their candidate elected? I’ve worked in campaigns or volunteered for 40 years and my own experience is the biggest shouters are the worst supporters.

Deanna on April 25, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Selling ones soul for a win is repulsive to many of us.
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Karl Magnus on April 25, 2012 at 10:33 AM

And making perfect the enemy of the good is even less appealing to many more.

lynncgb on April 25, 2012 at 10:48 AM

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 for Rick Santorum to stop acting like a petulant little girl and endorse Romney.

The deafening silence at this site regarding Santorum’s pathetic and divisive behavior post “suspension” speaks volumes.

Mr. Arkadin on April 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Newt wasn’t going to take Texas.

annoyinglittletwerp on April 25, 2012 at 9:44 AM

I know. My point was if he had come close in Delaware on Tuesday, Newt’s habit of fantasizing himself perpetually at the center of the political universe would have convinced himself he was going to take Texas, and instead of reportedly dropping out on May 1, would have dragged his campaign all the way through Memorial Day envisioning his glorious ‘Hail Mary’ comeback win in the final primary states in late May and early June.

jon1979 on April 25, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Newt has proven in these primaries while he will NEVER be a serious candidate again: the American people, no matter the party, aren’t excited about voting for an arrogant, petty child. This man lost a lot of the respect I had for him during the primaries by how childish he’s been. Most of the “excitement” was his arguing with moderators.

Sammo21 on April 25, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Santorum is still angry and petulant. He can’t even bring himself to endorse the nominee. He has no class and therefore no credibility. Santorum has demonstrated that those who supported him are lacking judgement.
Basilsbest on April 25, 2012 at 8:59 AM

Absolutely not. That’s unfair. Santorum has shown that he was unworthy of the support that he was given; his behavior is no reflection his supporters faith in him. While I did not agree with the ABR crowd, they had (and have) every right to be skeptical of Mitt, given their concerns and priorities. While I believe it is time to rally around Romney in order to defeat Obama, that is no reason to begrudge Santorum’s supporters for their position.

Mr. Arkadin on April 25, 2012 at 11:00 AM

Romney has been consistently taking it to Obama since the very beginning.

Swerve22 on April 25, 2012 at 10:23 AM

You mean like praising Obama for taking over GM because it was just like what Bain used to do? You mean that kind of “taking it to Obama”…
Sorry pal, that dog don’t hunt…he was eaten.

right2bright on April 25, 2012 at 11:02 AM

O/T

Just read on another site that Greta Van Sustern was taking Lindsey Lohan to the White House correspondance dinner. Please, please, please, let Obama be photographed with her. Kiss of death.

BettyRuth on April 25, 2012 at 8:54 AM

I wonder if any of the comedians will have the courage to do some OBAMA EATS DOG jokes.

onlineanalyst on April 25, 2012 at 11:05 AM

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

And the establishment regains its grip on the sheeple once again! McRomney 2012!

dom89031 on April 25, 2012 at 11:09 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

Newt, I love ya. I even supported you for a while. Unfortunately, you made a few unforced errors early on so you have no one to blame but yourself. Nice try, and thanks for ’94 and the good things that came out of that victory, for a while anyway.

If you can swallow your pride, I’d think you’d be a very powerful asset to the party and the movement going forward. But it’s time to go now, and gracefully. You can do it.

Rixon on April 25, 2012 at 8:48 AM

This ^^^^^^^^

onlineanalyst on April 25, 2012 at 11:18 AM

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