National Review calls for Gingrich to leave race
February 13th, 2012
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National Review calls for Gingrich to leave race

Washington (CNN) - The influential conservative magazine National Review called Monday for Newt Gingrich to leave the Republican primary contest.

Repeating its past criticisms of Gingrich the magazine's editorial said "it would be a grave mistake for the party to make someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee."

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It pointed out the former House speaker, when he led in the polls, called for Rick Santorum to leave the race, "on his own arguments the proper course for him now is to endorse Santorum and exit." The magazine also highlighted that Santorum has won more contests and delegates than Gingrich and is beating him in recent polling.

The editorial said it is not clear if Gingrich "remains in the race because he still believes he could become president next year or because he wants to avenge his wounded pride; an ambiguity that suggests the problem with him as a leader."

Gingrich's campaign did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the National Review editorial.

While the magazine complimented Santorum as "conducting himself rather impressively" by showing some humility and emphasizing the declining stability of the middle class as a key issue, it said his most immediate challenge is "proving he can run a national campaign."

However, its harshest words were directed at Mitt Romney, calling him "undramatic" and a "transactional politician."

"Romney is trying to win the nomination by pulverizing his rivals ... but his attacks on Santorum have been lame, perhaps because they are patently insincere," the editorial said.

As a leading voice for conservatives, the magazine had some advice for Romney: tell the right wing of the party what it will get out of a presidency if he wins– such as entitlement reform, more market-oriented health care, judges whose philosophy aligns with its strict interpretation of the Constitution and tax reform.

Saying so far the former Massachusetts governor has mostly been running on his business background and being a family man, "Republicans, even the many who are well disposed to him, have been saying as loud as they can: it isn't enough."

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Filed under: 2012 • Newt Gingrich
soundoff (266 Responses)
  1. steven harnack

    @Truth...., well, at least you're entertaining. You seldom see someone so unknowledgable about so many things. You are so much a caricature of the typical Republican that I'm starting to think that your whole schtick is satire.

    February 13, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. Hair bear

    Hang on in there Newt! Don't let those tea baggers run you out! The GOP is out to silence your voice! Even more reason you should tell all! Romney is a whimp and Santorum has serious issues! Paul really doesn't count! We are paying attention wish you had more sponsors!

    February 13, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  3. Stay all the NEWT

    If Romney or santorum win ....So does Obama !!

    February 13, 2012 08:49 pm at 8:49 pm |
  4. smc

    I'd call for Gingrich, Romney AND Santorum to leave the race. Then maybe the GOP can start getting back to real conservatism, and not the fake "conservatism" these guys spew.

    February 13, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. Terry

    Don't quit Newt. Do not let Karl Rove beat you.

    February 13, 2012 11:01 pm at 11:01 pm |
  6. Bill

    I have a dream. It's simple. My dream is that Obama and Romney are in a debate and The prez says, "Gee Newt, you are more of a moderate than I".

    February 13, 2012 11:28 pm at 11:28 pm |
  7. gloria

    I do not think Newt is an good candidate but neither is Romney nor Santorum. I see him as a glib speaker and a bully who frets when things do not go his way but America is a Democracy and as such, Newt should keep running if he wants to. I do not think he can or should win but I think he should be free to exercise his rights

    February 13, 2012 11:39 pm at 11:39 pm |
  8. Truth

    I wish newt would stay in and win...he is a perfect example of the morals with in his party. =p

    February 14, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  9. Mike H.

    Having Santorum, Romney and Gingrich and their pandering ways mixed in with the only coherent one of the bunch - Paul - makes for good comedy. How anyone can support Santorum, Gingrich or Romney will someday be studied by psychologists everywhere. I reckon we're going to have Obama in the White House four more years. It's all but entirely guaranteed.

    February 14, 2012 01:28 am at 1:28 am |
  10. El Diablo

    I got a crazy idea. What if we had elections to decide who the winner is?

    February 14, 2012 02:00 am at 2:00 am |
  11. lawdamity

    This Republican primary contest is like watching The Marx Brothers on acid. I just don't want it to end.

    February 14, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  12. devonshire

    We are going to have to make a huge decision here. Do we overlook Newts baggage and trust him or do we get 4 more years on incompetence. I dare say Newt's ideas he presented at CPAC were impressive. If he implements those ideas this country will be back on track to the American dream. Santorum and Romney have no bold ideas. Romney says I am a businessman and know how to turn things specifics.'s all about family (and Iran) specific plan.
    Go Newt, give it a shot....he will never ever be worse than Obama. The American people are already aware of what he is carrying in his bags. Better the one you know than the one you don't know.

    February 14, 2012 04:17 am at 4:17 am |
  13. Bernard Webb

    The longer Gingrich stays in, the better it is for Obama. Go Newt!

    February 14, 2012 07:30 am at 7:30 am |
  14. rika33

    Gingrich is like Palin, while both have giant egos who believe leadership should be handed to them, all they are doing is building their "brand" so "news" programs and others will pay them more. They're just cashing in on the suckers.

    February 14, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  15. Jose

    I am no fan of Newt, but at least he isn't a little fascist like Santorum.

    February 14, 2012 10:00 am at 10:00 am |
  16. DeeNYC

    Why should he leave the race? The entertainment value he provides is priceless.

    February 14, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
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