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. blave

    Mitt all the way.


    February 13, 2012 05:51 pm at 5:51 pm |
  2. woodrow

    I'm looking at this messy GOP race and I'm liking Ron Paul more and more.

    February 13, 2012 05:52 pm at 5:52 pm |
  3. Dave

    logicnLA, have you ever heard of "an editorial", as this article clearly states was the case with the National Review piece?? Not everything you see in print was ever intended to be unbiased and objective reporting.

    February 13, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  4. Anonymous

    To Former Democrat you are so sad I pray for you. The GOP is like watching the Keystone cops Do you actually think that any of the GOP candidates will do anyhting for you and this country? I think not. You should be embarrased to call yourself a Repub I am embarrased for you

    February 13, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. CoJo

    are the republicans at the point of calling Obama anti-Christian? And some (a fair amount?) of the conservative are actually labeling him as "the anti-christ"? WOW, how low can a group of people go? Do the republicans REALLY believe that? I have yet to hear one of the candidates actually say it, but they seem to have come to the wall with it. All have talked about all of Obama's anti-Catholic actions/law/issues. I'm only aware of one (the contraception issue)... What are the others? After hearing Santorum, Gingrich, Romney call Obama anti-Catholic, my wife has point blank now said she would NOT vote republican (and she WAS thinking of Romney). But the narrow mindless of the republicans have convinced her Obama is the lesser of the evils. Even I (democrat) was entertaining Romney. No longer.
    By the way, the Catholic church and the republicans are only looking at one side the coin. They purposely ignore the fact the contraception issue is a pro-women’s and pro-health care issue. But No, they kick/scream like a bunch of little kids when they see some they don't like. Instead of acting like adults and discussing it with the WH to get things change. And they wonder why everyone kicks and screams back at them? Maybe Obama handled it wrong (maybe), but the republicans (ALL OF THEM) should have discussed the issue with the WH as adults instead of starting a riot

    February 13, 2012 05:58 pm at 5:58 pm |
  6. normajean @ verizon ,com

    Gingrich seems to be serious about having a community on the moon....Frankly, I think it's a great idea......we can take up a collection for whatever necessary materials needed ,.... and then say "POW" right to the moon with old Newt!!!!!!

    February 13, 2012 06:01 pm at 6:01 pm |
  7. Rad

    Newt wants an open marriage with his wife. Republicans want an open marriage with their "preferred" candidate. Before you throw Newt under the bus, take a look in the mirror...

    February 13, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |

    Second terms rise and fall on jobs and money. People had them 4 years ago and now they don't. You don't need a slide rule to figure out this will end badly for Obama and the democrats in November.

    February 13, 2012 06:15 pm at 6:15 pm |
  9. Keith

    "it would be a grave mistake for the party to make someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee." - Well that about sums it up for all of them. The GOP's going to need to look for new candidates.

    February 13, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  10. jj

    On Saturday Night Live, Romney's dog turned on him and barked at him. Seems like everybody is barking at Gingrich these days.

    February 13, 2012 06:21 pm at 6:21 pm |
  11. Marshall

    The Republican candidates are hopeless: Romney is a cipher, Gingrich a loose cannon, and Santorum a Torquemada in waiting. Paul has some appealing ideas but because they are not fleshed out he is given little credence.

    February 13, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Reddog9500

    Don't give up Newt! Please don't give up! Your continued efforts to win the nomination are tearing the GOP apart and will ensure that President Obama is re-elected.

    February 13, 2012 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  13. Carol

    Aw gee, I thought Newt might get it and have Palin as the VP. Can you picture the state of this country with those two at the helm?????? OMG.

    February 13, 2012 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  14. Palipali Dong

    Looks like Obama, assisted by an ill wind that has almost destroyed the Republican Party, is coasting to victory. I suspect the howling and garment rending has already started on the right. Tough. Blame the gods; they are liberal this time round.

    February 13, 2012 07:00 pm at 7:00 pm |
  15. Larry in Houston

    Democrat 2012


    whomever the DNC decides to Run

    February 13, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  16. tim

    I need to rest my eyes on Newt and Trump and Perry every once in a while to remind me we have to maintain a constant vigil against people like them who would destroy our country if we didn't stand up to them.

    February 13, 2012 07:01 pm at 7:01 pm |
  17. tim

    REAL is right. Today's Republicans are anything but conservative..

    February 13, 2012 07:02 pm at 7:02 pm |
  18. Dilip Samuels

    Gingrich has a tougher hill to climb...the GOP morality is there for all to see ...CHEATING CHEATING ...on the 1st, open marriag for the 2nd , affair with the 3rd for 7 years ....and ah!!! his crowning glory ...pimping his political contacts when in Washington...Gingrich ice cube in hell has a better chance than you being elected

    February 13, 2012 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  19. gorn by any other name

    Dave said: "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." Dave, I think you are somewhat confused. The reason Santorum was kicked out of office is that his brand of fanatical theocracy and populist-neocon ideology was no longer appealing once the electorate came to its senses.

    February 13, 2012 07:36 pm at 7:36 pm |
  20. gorn by any other name

    The REAL Truth said: "The problem with all the GOP candidates – including Newt – is that they do NOT represent Conservative values". Which conservative values do you mean? Christian conservatism? Social conservatism (much the same)? Fiscal conservatism? Foreign policy hawkishness? Foreign policy isolationism? Libertarianism? Fascism?

    What flies under the conservatism banner these days has so many faces, many of them conflicting, that the term is effectively meaningless. So is the term liberalism. An awful lot of people just want a pragmatic government that provides a pragmatic mix of free market, free expression, strong infrastructure and defense, pragmatic regulation, and general fiscal restraint. There is not a single candidate of the GOP that offers this mix. Huntsman was probably the closest, but Obama is closer to that mark than any GOP candidate. That's why he'll be re-elected easily.

    February 13, 2012 07:53 pm at 7:53 pm |
  21. Steelcity

    Newt stay in the race. They can’t stand the fact that you worked with two of the most successful Presidents in History. Creating Jobs with Pres Reagan and working across the isle with Pres Bill Clinton. I think both party’s are afraid of this man and his experience same reason they tried to kick him out in the 90’s. He might be the only person to get the house in order and working as a Team. The Congress and the establishment’s worst nightmare. I’m sick and tired of everyone talking about Newt’s baggage they need to check their own closet. By the way if you see how much his Kids love him that’s the true testimony not his ex’s . I’m Independent but I will vote for Obama in a heart beat if Romney is elected. He is the same as Obama so why change the status quo. Romney flip flop’s on just about every core issue it’s unbelievable. He will do and say anything to get elected President. Romney will continue to create jobs just like Obama and yes they will all be Government run jobs with Pensions we can’t afford. I agree the field of Repubs Candidates are weak but how soon they forget the Dems candidates like Kerry, Gore, Biden, John Edwards , Howard Dean need I say more….what a joke

    February 13, 2012 07:56 pm at 7:56 pm |
  22. Max.

    Listening...they should QUIT

    I have always been saying that both Gingrich and Romney should QUIT. Now I realize I am not alone as a true conservative. As much as I would like Obama to be a one term president, I could never vote of Romney, nor Gingrich with conscience.

    They both MUST quit if we as republicans want to win in everyone else too blind to envision what will happen in November if either Romney or Gingrich is the nominee?

    It would be a landslide victory for Obama. Both Romney and Gingrich have sidelined the Independents and we need to attract them if we want to win...Santorum is doing well and should be encouraged and embraced by the establishment.

    The quicker they QUIT...the better it is for our party.

    February 13, 2012 08:04 pm at 8:04 pm |
  23. LeBlanc

    I didn't know the National Review is a Democratic mouthpiece in disguise! If Santorum wins the R primaries Obama gets a 2nd term. As they say down here in cajun kountry 'that rait thar is a gaaronteee'.

    February 13, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  24. markiejoe

    As a Progressive Democrat, I join with the National Review in asking Gingrich to pull out of the race so that the GOP can nominate Santorum for President.

    That way, Obama will win in November with at least 60% of the vote.

    February 13, 2012 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  25. clarke

    Gee, I hope the old boy sticks it out until August just to tick them off.

    February 13, 2012 08:24 pm at 8:24 pm |
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