Gingrich to exit without endorsing Romney

posted at 9:21 am on May 2, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Newt Gingrich exits the race today, nearly two months after winning his last state in the nomination chase.  According to CNN, Gingrich won’t formally endorse Mitt Romney on his way out as some had expected, but will wait for a couple of weeks instead.  He will offer “support” for the Republican nominee:

Newt Gingrich will briefly mention presumptive nominee Mitt Romney and signal support for his candidacy when the former House speaker suspends his campaign for the GOP presidential nomination on Wednesday, Gingrich’s spokesman R.C. Hammond said. …

Gingrich, in his remarks Wednesday, will discuss Romney in the context of “how we need to help defeat Barack Obama and the need to help (House Speaker John) Boehner” maintain Republican control of the House of Representatives, Hammond said.

Hammond says that Gingrich’s endorsement will come as “no surprise,” but it will come later in the month.  The two camps are negotiating a joint appearance, most likely hinging on Romney’s efforts to help retire Gingrich’s campaign debt.  Gingrich was $4.5 million in the hole at the end of March, and is almost certainly worse off now.  He will need a lot of help from Romney and his backers to get out of the deep well of red ink in which his campaign has sunk.

Rick Santorum, on the other hand, says he doesn’t need help in retiring a much smaller debt, under $1 million according to campaign sources.  He meets with Romney on Friday, and the Associated Press reports that Santorum wants some assurances on policy before issuing his formal endorsement:

Romney has changed his position on bedrock issues such as abortion and gay rights. He supported the 2008 Wall Street bailout that angered conservatives and paved the way for the rise of the tea party. And he signed a health care overhaul as governor that provided the groundwork for Democrats’ national law that requires all Americans to buy insurance or face a fine. Romney’s health care overhaul in Massachusetts required health care coverage.

That’s the primary issue Santorum plans to discuss Friday when he meets privately with Romney.

“We want to make sure he doesn’t replace it with any kind of mandate,” Santorum adviser Hogan Gidley said. He added, “Rick just wants to have a candid, open conversation about making sure the folks in the 11 states that voted for him, and the conservative movement, have a voice in the Romney campaign.”

Advisers caution that an endorsement — or a public appearance for that matter — is unlikely to immediately follow Santorum’s private meeting with Romney.

Santorum has, like Gingrich, already stated publicly that he will support the Republican nominee, but has come short of a formal endorsement.  Both men need to hold onto that step as the only value they have to trade for concessions.

Meanwhile, the Obama campaign salutes Gingrich on the way out by playing his greatest hits — against Romney:

A bloody Republican primary campaign left lots of footage of insults lying around.

In a new online advertisement, President Barack Obama’s re-election campaign strings together some of Newt Gingrich’s criticism of Mitt Romney that Iowans heard earlier in the season when both Republicans were angling to be the GOP nominee.

Gingrich is expected to quit the race today and endorse Romney, but the Obama web video questions what exactly Gingrich likes about Romney.

The ad, set to dramatic piano music, shows footage of Gingrich making comments such as “Why should we expect him to level with us about anything if he’s president?” In a clip from a debate, Gingrich says Romney’s investment firm, Bain Capital, sometimes looted companies and left behind thousands of unemployed workers.

There is no small amount of irony in Team Obama’s inclusion in this ad of Gingrich’s whining over negative campaigning.  They just got done claiming that Romney — who gets painted as a ruthless executive in this ad — would somehow be ruth-filled as a Commander in Chief when it came time to kill an Osama bin Laden.  Now they want to echo Gingrich’s “We can’t elect a big meany” argument?  Er … good luck with that.


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Who cares whether Gingrich endorses or not? Does he need to pay off his Tiffany account?

AnnaS on May 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

Gingotts on May 2, 2012 at 10:46 AM

SCOTUS concerns are overrated. Ginsberg will go in the next 4 years but a GOP congress will ensure she is replaced with a more moderate Lefty. The others will be fine.

alwaysfiredup on May 2, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Herman Cain on Hannity last night said that Romney and his people have reached out to all the candidates that ran. They/he plan to have a ‘unity tour’ details to be worked out.

Won’t that be fun…sarc.

I am stil in the ABO camp.

CoffeeLover on May 2, 2012 at 10:49 AM

Romney doesn’t need any of those clowns.
Falz on May 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

Uh….Mitt is a clown. A boring one at the that

journeymike on May 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

You serious? You have to question the political analysis chops of anyone who would write something as laughable as this.

Hey Arch…kind of hard to keep Calista in her jewels with that salary, not to mention he’s the last person anyone would pick for that job. Newt’s going to try and rebuild his lobbying/paid pundit/book selling efforts. I wish him good luck with that.

AYNBLAND on May 2, 2012 at 10:42 AM

Yes, I am serious. The time of dignified, poker-faced talking heads like John Snow and Dana Perino is gone. We live in the era of Twitterverse filled with voters who have an attention span of a fruit fly. Otherwise, Jar-Jar Carney would be laughed out of the press room months ago.

But we agree on the important part. Let’s wish Newt and Calista prosperity in whatever private business endeavor they choose.

Archivarix on May 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Newt Gingrich gives de facto endorsement to Barack Obama….

dczombie on May 2, 2012 at 10:52 AM

Furthermore, he had nothing but praise for Romney, conceding that Romney was the better candidate as evidenced by his winning the vote count. But lets not permit the coming endorsement and current compliments to disrupt the anti-Newt narrative.

totherightofthem on May 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

Romney doesn’t need any of those clowns.

Falz on May 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

You are correct. He is so electable that he doesn’t need anyone but his devoted followers. So quit whning about everyone having to fall in lne.

katy the mean old lady on May 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Sore loser.

V7_Sport on May 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM

alwaysfiredup on May 2, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Fine, you don’t worry about SCOTUS. Okay with Holder continuing to let weapons fall to Mexican drug cartels where they end up pointed at our USBP, then?

I understand the points made in the article, but I just do not see enough there to justify denying even an arguably moderate-GOP Presidency in favor of a second term for the most devoutly socialist President in at least three generations, and the most antithetical to basic American values ever. Bobby Jindal, Paul Ryan, etc will get their chance at the top job in 2020. Until then, I trust they’ll do well working for Romney in one capacity or another. The conservative movement’s duty is to keep his feet to the fire and push him right when necessary; it is not to see him defeated.

Gingotts on May 2, 2012 at 11:00 AM

kind of hard to keep Calista in her jewels with that salary

AYNBLAND on May 2, 2012 at 10:42 AM
Does anyone else notice the contrast between assaulting Newt for “attacking capitalism” and in the next breath complaining about Newt’s private shopping habits?

Nah, who’m I kidding.

alwaysfiredup on May 2, 2012 at 10:45 AM

I can clarify. It’s more of an attack on him being henpecked and emasculated. I don’t care what he does with his money. Sort of like the attack of them cruising the Greek Islands. It’s not about his ability to do that but a sly attack that he did it for to please her, instead of actually getting his election machine in order. It may be crass but it’s not an attack on capitalism, like he did.

AYNBLAND on May 2, 2012 at 11:01 AM

Furthermore, he had nothing but praise for Romney, conceding that Romney was the better candidate as evidenced by his winning the vote count. But lets not permit the coming endorsement and current compliments to disrupt the anti-Newt narrative.

totherightofthem on May 2, 2012 at 10:57 AM

I have nothing personal against Newt. If he can step over his ego and give a full-throat endorsement to the winner, whereas Romney finds an extra $4.5 mil to cover his debt a worthy investment, so much the better for everyone.

Archivarix on May 2, 2012 at 11:02 AM

Archivarix on May 2, 2012 at 11:02 AM

It appears a full-throated endorsement of Romney is exactly what Newt will be giving at their joint appearance. Of course, it’s two weeks away and anything can happen, but as of now that is the plan.

totherightofthem on May 2, 2012 at 11:05 AM

Newt’s just a sore loser.

William Teach on May 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Newt’s just a sore loser.

William Teach on May 2, 2012 at 11:06 AM

Jesus. Doesn’t anybody read anymore? Newt just confirmed that he and Romney will be making a joint appearance in a couple of weeks, at which time he will be endorsing Romney and will actively work to get Romney elected in November.

The Newt hate is strong here.

totherightofthem on May 2, 2012 at 11:08 AM

Stay classy, bitter little man.

Philly on May 2, 2012 at 11:12 AM

Rick Santorum, on the other hand, says he doesn’t need help in retiring a much smaller debt, under $1 million according to campaign sources. He meets with Romney on Friday, and the Associated Press reports that Santorum wants some assurances on policy before issuing his formal endorsement

So which is it? Is Santorum going to endorse Romney because he gets his assurances on policy issues, or is he going to endorse Romney because Romney’s campaign is going to pay of Santorum’s debt?

At least Newt is honest about the endorsement. “Pay off my huge debt and you will have my endorsement”.

This all stinks and makes the endorsements ring hollow. Romney doesn’t need further distractions from these two. They stayed in the race beyond their time while campaigning against Romney. Their campaigns ran up debts while campaigning against Romney.

An Endorsement should be them throwing any campaign surplus to Romney, not the other way around.

weaselyone on May 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

Sad little (in stature) man. Gingrich is a brilliant intellect and strategist but he never was a field general and his own spite and lecherous ways were his undoing.

MaiDee on May 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

You know who else came across as competent and smooth? The only popularly elected president to be impeached.

gryphon202 on May 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I don’t see how this is germane.

My pappy has a saying he tells people who are trying to compare apples and oranges:

“Although the moon is smaller than the earth, it’s also farther away.”

cane_loader on May 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

Here’s an Idea —>
How many campaign ads from Clinton vs Obama 2008 can be used this year and how much did they predict that came true?

TimLenox on May 2, 2012 at 11:27 AM

SCOTUS concerns are overrated. Ginsberg will go in the next 4 years but a GOP congress will ensure she is replaced with a more moderate Lefty. The others will be fine.

alwaysfiredup on May 2, 2012 at 10:47 AM

Wrong answer… Like the GOP congress stops anything.. They just let two of the most leftist appointees become justices .. and you think they will keep that from happening in the future?

The GOP has no balls .. Anything can happen to a justice especially at the ages many of them are. Another term will mean Obama has the outside chance of appointing 2 and that is not taking into consideration an unexpected health issue with anyone else which considering their age is a very possible scenario.

Your nonchalant attitude towards this is wrong.

RockyJ. on May 2, 2012 at 11:32 AM

“I’m going to do everything in my power to help him win” is just not good enough for you people, is it? What is with this inferiority complex?

alwaysfiredup on May 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

he didn’t do it on his knees licking Mitts boots …
that is what is required this week …

conservative tarheel on May 2, 2012 at 11:34 AM

“I’m going to do everything in my power to help him win” is just not good enough for you people, is it? What is with this inferiority complex?

alwaysfiredup on May 2, 2012 at 10:14 AM

It’s not an inferiority complex. It’s called “making an example.”

Doomberg on May 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM

oh AP’s going to be mad at you newt. The rest of us really don’t care.

Fuquay Steve on May 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Maybe Grinchie and Paulie will endorse each other.

Marcola on May 2, 2012 at 11:42 AM

Why on Earth would Romney help pay one penny of Newt Gingrich’s debt?

Who cares if you don’t get an endorsement from him, is there really any conservative that childish that they’re not going to vote for Romney unless Newt Gingrich tells them to? I’d much rather have $5 million to spend in the general election defeating Obama than paying off Newt’s private planes and motorcades.

Newt has been exposed as the con artist he always was, let him get another lobbying job at Freddie Mac to pay it off. We’ll see how long his wife sticks around without the revolving credit line at Tiffany’s.

BradTank on May 2, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Newt should not feel under any obligation to endorse Romney today. Romney and his fans need to reach out to conservatives in the party before they give up their whole-hearted support to him.

Newt ran a campaign that was squarely aimed at Obama. An issues oriented campaign. Then we he started to lead in the polls the high-dollar Romney super-PACS were released and inundated his campaign with vicious smears. The old guard GOP establishment has been relentlessly nasty and personal in attacking him. If I were in Newt’s shoes, I would be inclined to tell the GOP to go f— itself and become an independent.

The Romney people will have to and should have to be patient for the former Speaker’s formal endorsement, especially considering the kind of campaign they ran.

Reggie1971 on May 2, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Don’t do it Mitt. You don’t need the endorsement of this whining crybaby who was done in by his own arrogance.

Happy Nomad on May 2, 2012 at 9:27 AM

It is people like you who make me want to get really drunk on election eve, and then sleep off the hangover on election day.

Reggie1971 on May 2, 2012 at 11:51 AM

Romney doesn’t need any of those clowns.

Falz on May 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

You are correct. He is so electable that he doesn’t need anyone but his devoted followers. So quit whning about everyone having to fall in line.

katy the mean old lady on May 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM

LOL

Norwegian on May 2, 2012 at 11:57 AM

weaselyone on May 2, 2012 at 11:14 AM

In the paragraph you quoted, Santorum says he doesn’t need help retiring his debt.

Lightswitch on May 2, 2012 at 12:08 PM

So Newt spent millions he didn’t have attacking Romney, and now Romney is supposed to pay for it to “earn” Newts endorsement? Don’t exactly see how this makes a stitch of sense. If Newt had gotten out when it was clear he wasn’t going to win (aka Florida) he could have saved himself a lot of money and dignity. Furthermore, if Newt had not gone kamikaze destructoid mode, he could have denied the Obama campaign a lot of ad material.

Swerve22 on May 2, 2012 at 12:19 PM

So Newt spent millions he didn’t have attacking Romney, and now Romney is supposed to pay for it to “earn” Newts endorsement? Don’t exactly see how this makes a stitch of sense. If Newt had gotten out when it was clear he wasn’t going to win (aka Florida) he could have saved himself a lot of money and dignity. Furthermore, if Newt had not gone kamikaze destructoid mode, he could have denied the Obama campaign a lot of ad material.

Swerve22 on May 2, 2012 at 12:19 PM

And now the “tru-cons” want a little wealth redistribution to bail Newt out so they can bring themselves to vote for Romney?

What is up with that?

Gunlock Bill on May 2, 2012 at 12:26 PM

Considering how well he handled his campaign’s finances, I think we did well in not nominating him to the job.

Bitter Clinger on May 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM

And now the “tru-cons” want a little wealth redistribution to bail Newt out so they can bring themselves to vote for Romney?

What is up with that?

Gunlock Bill on May 2, 2012 at 12:26 PM

It’s not exactly something new in Presidential campaigns for the winner to help retire the debt of the loser at the end of a nomination race.

But what the hell. You don’t need the votes of Newt’s supporters anyway, right?

Reggie1971 on May 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM

Typical Gingrich. If you look at his political history, this would be consistent. He has stabbed every President he has ever been associated with in the back. He undermined Reagan, he undermined George H.W. Bush, certainly did his best to undermine Clinton.

Gingrich really believes only HE deserves to be President and has believed that since the 1980′s and 1990′s.

crosspatch on May 2, 2012 at 1:07 PM

crosspatch on May 2, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Undermined Clinton? What?

Reggie1971 on May 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM

But what the hell. You don’t need the votes of Newt’s supporters anyway, right?

Reggie1971 on May 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM

The “tru-cons” only supported him because he was the latest not-Romney. Nearly all of his real supporters will vote for Romney whether Romney bails Newt out or not.

The number of votes that will be purchased by Romney bailing Newt out is negligible and certainly not worth 4.5 Mil.

Gunlock Bill on May 2, 2012 at 1:23 PM

Undermined Clinton? What?

Reggie1971 on May 2, 2012 at 1:11 PM

Well, he certainly helped undermined Clinton’s impeachment.

Gunlock Bill on May 2, 2012 at 1:25 PM

And now the “tru-cons” want a little wealth redistribution to bail Newt out so they can bring themselves to vote for Romney?

What is up with that?

Gunlock Bill on May 2, 2012 at 12:26 PM

It’s not exactly something new in Presidential campaigns for the winner to help retire the debt of the loser at the end of a nomination race.

But what the hell. You don’t need the votes of Newt’s supporters anyway, right?

Reggie1971 on May 2, 2012 at 12:30 PM

how about Newt’s supporters pay his debts….right, fair is fair…

jimver on May 2, 2012 at 1:31 PM

Newt should not feel under any obligation to endorse Romney today. Romney and his fans need to reach out to conservatives in the party before they give up their whole-hearted support to him.

Newt ran a campaign that was squarely aimed at Obama. An issues oriented campaign. Then we he started to lead in the polls the high-dollar Romney super-PACS were released and inundated his campaign with vicious smears. The old guard GOP establishment has been relentlessly nasty and personal in attacking him. If I were in Newt’s shoes, I would be inclined to tell the GOP to go f— itself and become an independent.

The Romney people will have to and should have to be patient for the former Speaker’s formal endorsement, especially considering the kind of campaign they ran.

Reggie1971 on May 2, 2012 at 11:48 AM

Yes. Romney is the one that needs to reach out to conservatives, especially after dissing them and the tea party for the whole primary. And, the same can be said for the way Romney/establishment treated Newt. No way does he owe them any allegiance.

I’d love to see Newt and Sarah Palin leave the repub party and start up a true conservative third party.

IndeCon on May 2, 2012 at 1:34 PM

Idiocy like this is why Romney won’t win.

angryed on May 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

Even if the statement you quoted was idiocy your statement would still be a non-sequitur. Come on, Ed, you’re better than this.

alchemist19 on May 2, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Romney should tell both Santorum and Gingrich they are in no position to demand anything.

In no uncertain terms. What a couple of punks.

Adjoran on May 2, 2012 at 1:41 PM

Romney doesn’t need any of those clowns.

Falz on May 2, 2012 at 9:45 AM

You are correct. He is so electable that he doesn’t need anyone but his devoted followers. So quit whning about everyone having to fall in line.

katy the mean old lady on May 2, 2012 at 10:59 AM

Ha, this is true. That must be what Romneyscare and his supporters really think. He doesn’t need any conservatives so why bother with them. Why bother with him if he doesn’t need us?

IndeCon on May 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM

Gingrich is 4 Million dollars in debt why arent you guys reporting that? This is the same guy that wants to get us out of debt? This site is pathetic.

dft2000 on May 2, 2012 at 1:58 PM

Even if the statement you quoted was idiocy your statement would still be a non-sequitur. Come on, Ed, you’re better than this.

alchemist19 on May 2, 2012 at 1:39 PM

Um,

NO!!! he isn’t.

Gunlock Bill on May 2, 2012 at 2:00 PM

Idiocy like this is why Romney won’t win.

angryed on May 2, 2012 at 9:43 AM

then again, you are the expert in idiocy on this forum, who are we to argue with the Master :-)….

jimver on May 2, 2012 at 2:02 PM

And now the “tru-cons” want a little wealth redistribution to bail Newt out so they can bring themselves to vote for Romney?

What is up with that?

Gunlock Bill on May 2, 2012 at 12:26 PM

if he had any sense at all and political self-preservation skillz (which obviously he doesn’t), he would have used some of the money the Adelsons gave him (the third batch, meaning the check wrote by Miriam Adelson) to pay his friggin’ debts as it was obvious he didn’t have a shot at nomination…at least Santorum was smart to get out before he started accumulating serious debt, so kudos to him…wonder if we are expected to pay his Tiffany bills, or that’s an entirely separate bill that would be sent to Mitt later on…

jimver on May 2, 2012 at 2:15 PM

this whole “formal endorsement” crap barely means a thing anymore. romney won, endorsements don’t matter anymore. endorsements meant something when there were still several candidates in the race…

Sachiko on May 2, 2012 at 2:21 PM

That must be what Romneyscare and his supporters really think. He doesn’t need any conservatives so why bother with them. Why bother with him if he doesn’t need us?

IndeCon on May 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM

no, we just think that we shouldn’t pay Gingrich’s debt off, that’s all..here’s an idea, maybe he should ask Axel and his minions to pay his debt, after all he’s saving them so much money on research and ads :-) after all we have him to thank for all the anti-Romney ads that Obama campaign will ‘borrow’ and endorse in no time (actually they started doing this already)…am sure Axel will oblige, maybe even sort out the (in)famous Tifanny bill thingy…

jimver on May 2, 2012 at 2:29 PM

Waiting to hear Nootie live.

Philly on May 2, 2012 at 3:05 PM

That must be what Romneyscare and his supporters really think. He doesn’t need any conservatives so why bother with them. Why bother with him if he doesn’t need us?

IndeCon on May 2, 2012 at 1:47 PM

no, we just think that we shouldn’t pay Gingrich’s debt off, that’s all..here’s an idea, maybe he should ask Axel and his minions to pay his debt, after all he’s saving them so much money on research and ads :-) after all we have him to thank for all the anti-Romney ads that Obama campaign will ‘borrow’ and endorse in no time (actually they started doing this already)…am sure Axel will oblige, maybe even sort out the (in)famous Tifanny bill thingy…

jimver on May 2, 2012 at 2:29 PM

No room to talk about anti-Romney ads. Romney is famous for lying, crucifying ads in this primary and the 2008 primary. Oh wait, I forgot, Romney should be allowed to destroy all conservative candidates by any lying means necessary. But, those dastardly conservative candidates should just sit down, shut up, and leave the primary race.

Nothing worse than poor, whiny winners.

IndeCon on May 2, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Newt, give him half a chance, he’ll show you how little class this professor has.

Snake307 on May 2, 2012 at 3:22 PM

Newt is blabbering. And he is the last person alive who should be lecturing about discipline.

Philly on May 2, 2012 at 3:25 PM

No room to talk about anti-Romney ads. Romney is famous for lying, crucifying ads in this primary and the 2008 primary. Oh wait, I forgot, Romney should be allowed to destroy all conservative candidates by any lying means necessary. But, those dastardly conservative candidates should just sit down, shut up, and leave the primary race.

Nothing worse than poor, whiny winners.

IndeCon on May 2, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Pfui. Look at the Conservatives we had to choose from. Perry who couldn’t complete a sentence to save his life during the debates. Bachmann who melted down like ice cream in July. Newt who went through more wives than a Hollywood movie star. Santorum who couldn’t discuss the economy with a it’s not my fault I voted for it record dragging him down.

Give us a Conservative who we can get behind, and we’ll vote for him/her. We loved Palin last time. We got behind McSame despite the fact we didn’t like him, because of her. We liked Fred Thompson, but he didn’t want the job.

We just don’t like Newt. And Romney didn’t have to lie about Perry, or Bachmann. They torpedoed their own campaigns. What lie did he tell about Newt? Is Newt a serial adulterer? The answer is yes. Is Newt a thinly disguised populist? Absolutely.

Don’t blame us. Hell I’m from Georgia, and I can’t think of anyone I want to be President less than Newt. In his “home state” of Virgina (where he currently resides) he didn’t make the ballot. In Georgia, which he claims as his home state, he got barely above a third of the primary votes. It isn’t a war against Conservatives in rejecting Newt any more than we oppose Obama because he’s black.

I close as I began. Pfui.

Snake307 on May 2, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Wow! Did we dodge a bullet there or what? Can you imagine his weekly, prime-time dissertations had he won?

I fully expected the audience to begin applauding to encourage him to be done.

Droopy on May 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

gryphon202 on May 2, 2012 at 10:31 AM

I don’t see how this is germane.

My pappy has a saying he tells people who are trying to compare apples and oranges:

“Although the moon is smaller than the earth, it’s also farther away.”

cane_loader on May 2, 2012 at 11:25 AM

It’s only Germane insofar as that you can be “competent and smooth,” and still be Bill Clinton. That doesn’t qualify Mitt as an appropriate Republican candidate to me, which is why I have every intention of holding his feet to the fire every opportunity I get. The vote I cast in November is in no way shape or form an obligation for me to say anything nice about Mitt Romney beyond “at least he’s not Obama.”

gryphon202 on May 2, 2012 at 4:24 PM

Wow! Did we dodge a bullet there or what? Can you imagine his weekly, prime-time dissertations had he won?

I fully expected the audience to begin applauding to encourage him to be done.

Droopy on May 2, 2012 at 3:39 PM

I agree. I am to the right of Atilla the Hun and was brokenhearted when Sarah Palin decided not to run. But, a Gingrich candidacy, worse yet a “Callista and I” presidency, would have been a disaster for the GOP and the conservative movement.

bw222 on May 2, 2012 at 4:45 PM

No room to talk about anti-Romney ads. Romney is famous for lying, crucifying ads in this primary and the 2008 primary. Oh wait, I forgot, Romney should be allowed to destroy all conservative candidates by any lying means necessary. But, those dastardly conservative candidates should just sit down, shut up, and leave the primary race.

Nothing worse than poor, whiny winners.
IndeCon on May 2, 2012 at 3:10 PM

Pfui. Look at the Conservatives we had to choose from. Perry who couldn’t complete a sentence to save his life during the debates. Bachmann who melted down like ice cream in July. Newt who went through more wives than a Hollywood movie star. Santorum who couldn’t discuss the economy with a it’s not my fault I voted for it record dragging him down.

Give us a Conservative who we can get behind, and we’ll vote for him/her. We loved Palin last time. We got behind McSame despite the fact we didn’t like him, because of her. We liked Fred Thompson, but he didn’t want the job.

We just don’t like Newt. And Romney didn’t have to lie about Perry, or Bachmann. They torpedoed their own campaigns. What lie did he tell about Newt? Is Newt a serial adulterer? The answer is yes. Is Newt a thinly disguised populist? Absolutely.

Don’t blame us. Hell I’m from Georgia, and I can’t think of anyone I want to be President less than Newt. In his “home state” of Virgina (where he currently resides) he didn’t make the ballot. In Georgia, which he claims as his home state, he got barely above a third of the primary votes. It isn’t a war against Conservatives in rejecting Newt any more than we oppose Obama because he’s black.

I close as I began. Pfui.

Snake307 on May 2, 2012 at 3:31 PM

Oh please. Your Newt hate doesn’t become you, and it doesn’t help your candidate win over any of Newt’s supporters either.

Any one of the other candidates would have been head and shoulders above the big money establishment guy Romney.

Glad you loved Palin. Too bad Romney worked so hard to destroy her too. Newt and Sarah have been crucified by Romney and the repub establishment media; no wonder Sarah/Newt are buddies.

I repeat: Nothing worse than poor, whiny winners.

IndeCon on May 2, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Jay Severin on Talk 1200 in Boston has been going on and on, ranting about that ‘psycho’ Newt’s betrayal of Mitt and the Republican party, by not giving a ringing endorsement of Mitt.

He obviously has no clue that Newt and Mitt are scheduling a joint appearance in a couple of weeks.

Can someone on Twitter clue Jay in?

MrLynn on May 2, 2012 at 5:01 PM

I repeat: Nothing worse than poor, whiny winners.

IndeCon on May 2, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Pot meet kettle. I see you’re taking the loss of your candidate(s) real grown up like.
The voters picked Romney. Welcome to our democracy.

Buttercup on May 4, 2012 at 2:24 PM

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