National Review calls for Gingrich to leave race
February 13th, 2012
09:57 AM ET
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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. Cfrench

    Well what do you know, there are smart republicans (the people at the National Review) after all. But their intelligence only goes so far. The real reason old Newt is still in it is all ego. Nothing more, nothing less, pure adulterated ego (get it? adulterated? Think real hard about it republicans).

    February 13, 2012 10:04 am at 10:04 am |
  2. Jim

    But He Won South Carolina!!!

    February 13, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  3. GROVER NORQUIST IS A ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Don't quit Newt. We need you in the race to split the vote. You're the gift that keeps on giving.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2012
    ELIZABETH WARREN 2012 & BEYOND

    February 13, 2012 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  4. Barbara Wolfe

    Isn't it nice of you to point out to Romney to obvious – "tell us what you will do~~". That right there is the reason conservatives don't support him ~~ a presidential candidate shouldn't have to be told what the public wants, he should already know. Gingrich has done this. His supporters know exactly where he stands, it's just the media and GOP establishment that try to obscure his message. We have known it it for a long time and all the use of the word "conservative" by Romney won't convince me or other Gingrich supporters that Romney is, in fact, that!

    February 13, 2012 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  5. logicnLA

    It is not the National Review's call to ask him to leave. that is up to voters. Media needs to remember their job- report ing news- not making it.

    February 13, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  6. The Real Tom Paine

    Bill Buckley must be spinning in his grave right now.

    February 13, 2012 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  7. keeth

    Stay in the race, Newt! It's been hilarious so far! Don't deny us our entertainment!

    February 13, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  8. Bessy

    For any of you " doubting Thomas's " out there that think that Rick Santorum is so great, well, for JUST ONE of his little schemes: Google, Rick Santorum school scandal and read about one reason why he was a shame to the state of Pa.

    February 13, 2012 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  9. Stop the Charade

    "The influential conservative magazine National Review called Monday for Newt Gingrich to leave the Republican primary contest."

    I was hoping that they had called for him to leave the Western Hemisphere.

    February 13, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  10. PTBarnumboy

    Party poopers!!!!!! The Newtster is way too entertaining to leave now.

    February 13, 2012 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  11. Mikey

    "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.
    *************************************************************
    Yes, insincere attacks should be reserved for attacking President Obama. We all know there will be a mountain of it from now until November – the vast majority unsubstantiated rumors and innuendo, exaggeration, and outright lies. I'll bet there won't be a peep out of the National Review about that.

    February 13, 2012 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  12. Former Republican, now an Independent

    The subversive organization begins to turn on it's own.

    February 13, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  13. geg

    his next move should be a colony on the moon

    February 13, 2012 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  14. Thomas

    Some of us are entertained by this circular firing squad.

    February 13, 2012 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  15. Satberry

    Whatever Willard will say ,you can bet it's a lie.Like I said Willard is a liberal,and that is a fact.Google Anderson Cooper and watch the tape.

    February 13, 2012 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  16. MCJNY

    Newt deserves this thorough and humiliating drubbing for thinking that most americans were fraking idiots with no long term memories. gingrinch tries to paint himself as this real american but he is nothing more than a egomanic who believes that the presidency was his manifest destiny. He had no plan what so ever to help the american people or our economy. donald trump with more political experience. clueless.

    February 13, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  17. Dave

    "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.""

    Sound like they could say that about Romney and Santorum too. Romney has gotten LESS votes than he did in 2008 so far. Santorum got voted out of office by a 20pt margin because he supported pro-choice candidates like Arlen Specter over conservatives, voted for the airline bailout, and continued to vote for increased spending year after year.

    February 13, 2012 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  18. John Del Rosario

    I agree 101%. Gingrich has too many misjudgement to be the President of the United States. He is worst than Bill Clinton, and John Edwards combine.

    February 13, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  19. Obamabus

    Pretty sad that the best choice among them is Romney.

    February 13, 2012 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  20. John Del Rosario

    I agree , Gingrich has too many misjudgement.

    February 13, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  21. gt

    amen....go be a historian for the g. e. company

    February 13, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  22. SafeJourney

    Its about time someone told this corrupt man to leave. Newt is a blight on America.

    February 13, 2012 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  23. nytw

    Does "strict interpretation of the Constitution" mean I have to give up my hunting rifles. After all the only weapons the founding fathers knew about were muzzle loading flint-lock muskets.

    February 13, 2012 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  24. nytw

    Does "strict interpretation of the Constitution" mean I will have to give up my hunting rifles. The liberals at the National Review need to move.

    February 13, 2012 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  25. Karen

    Wow, what a hit piece. Didn't see you calling for Santorum to get out when he was behind. What are you folks afraid of? Glad you never bothered to send me that free issue I requested 3 times. There'll be no subscription to this rag from me that's for sure. Changed my mind anyway watching Crystal on FOX news reveal himself as part of the Establishment.

    February 13, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
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