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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soundoff (266 Responses)
  1. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I think that there are other reasons that Gingrich should get out of the race. He isn't helping Republicans because he carries so much bagage and throws so many bombs besides the foot-in-mouth disease that he has. Personally, I like to see all the mud slinging and money spending now.

    February 13, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  2. Jim

    'someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee' It is precisely because he has such poor judgment that he will not quit. He is a pompous fool – quite sad really

    February 13, 2012 10:47 am at 10:47 am |
  3. Jim

    And Gingrich forced Rick Perry out.
    Gingrich's fate was sealed when Palin endorsed him. What ever palin touches or endorses are done!! Her endorsement is a curse on Gingrich. now he can never win election. Time to say good bye for gingrich and endorse romney. Romney too will lose as now palin is trying to endorse him!!!!

    February 13, 2012 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  4. Emery

    I'd say that applies to ALL of the GOP's candidates...this pool of so-called "Presidential hopefuls" is quite, well, hopeless. Hopeless and pathetic.

    February 13, 2012 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  5. nrc

    The National Review is starting to act like the National Enquiror. Should not be long for their editor to be shown the door. What has happened to non opinion based journalism.

    February 13, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  6. Sonnie 2

    Newt is not going to get anywhere. His ego I hope will be kept in check as he should know by now, Get out of Rick Santorums way so as a true outsider with moral background can win the office of potus. I am anti Romney as I can't tell any differane between him and obama except skin coor and that part makes no differance to me. Other than that obama care and romney care are two crippleing issues for America. Let's keep our FREEDOMS and LIBERTYs and not let them slip down the tubes to socialisim or dictatorship.

    February 13, 2012 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  7. Ancient Texan

    Since Newt is the only Conservative in the race that can defeat OBAMA, quitting the race would let Romney, the Liberal get the nomination and lose to Obama just like the RINO McCain did.

    February 13, 2012 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  8. mfx3

    This week a call for Gingrich to quit. Next week a call for Gingrich for President in 2012. That's your GOP, America.

    February 13, 2012 10:55 am at 10:55 am |
  9. David

    Newt ought to follow his own advice, but his ego won't let him.

    February 13, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  10. Geoffrey Hamilton

    Trending: Post 1990s America also wish for Newt to Leave

    February 13, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  11. William dodge

    Why don't they all step down they have nothing to offer Americans and get party to regroup for 2016 .

    February 13, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  12. V in Chicago

    The writing is on the proverbial wall. Newt is done! How does the guy who said "I WILL be the nominee" find a graceful way out? He blames the media, the Republican Party and anyone else he can think of. Never will he think this is a reflection of his complete inability to be elected. Bye-bye Newt!!

    February 13, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. frespech

    If Newt dislikes Romney as much as he appears to I believe he should remove himself from the race. I believe at that point Santorum would have a very good case as the only true conservative in the race to derail Romneys campaign.
    Not sure if Newts dislike for Romney is greater than his ego, only time will tell.

    February 13, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  14. from Massachusetts

    As someone who has supported Mitt Romney since he ran against Ted Kennedy in 1994, I believe he needs to keep telling all of us (not just 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. Mitt Romney HAS said that he is for all these things, but he needs to keep driving home his voting record in Massachusetts and the fact that he turned a $3 billion defecit into a $2 billion rainy day fund. We need more positives at this point and more discussions about your accomplishments.

    February 13, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  15. bry55

    Please stay Newt. This election needs a little comedic relief.

    February 13, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  16. Judy

    He's the only one left with any brains.

    February 13, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  17. Tom

    Shouldn't the magazine be against all of the current republician candidates. There is not a true conservative in the bunch.

    February 13, 2012 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  18. William

    The National Review is only saying what the majority of the country has been thinking since he first tossed his hat into the ring.

    February 13, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  19. GOP = Greed Over People

    You neo-cons do not understand the newt. He is peeved at Romney for all those old, but truthful ads.

    Newt is going to get even if it means bringing down the GOP, remember, he shut down the country because he had to sit in the rear of AF 1.

    He will have no problem bringing down the GOP.

    Not that there is anything wrong with that.

    February 13, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  20. brian in denver

    Newt Gingrich is to politics what Tonya Harding was to skating. He will be missed.

    February 13, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  21. jimmtown

    anyone feeling a little FIRSTY?

    February 13, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  22. frespech

    If Newt dislikes Romney as much as he appears to I believe his dropping out of the race could greatly affect the outcome of this Republican Presidential selection process. Santorum poised as the only conservative in the race if Newt gets out would stand a very good chance of uniteing the fractured Republicans against a seriously moderate candidate in Governor Romney.

    February 13, 2012 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  23. Kenneth Krieger

    No one should be forved out of the race. The liberal establisment Republicans want Romney. The far right cut social security and medicare instead of fixing it Republicans with no ideas want Santorum who will put the idiot Rubio on his ticket. The war mongers on talk radio are eliminating Ron Paul because he thinks many wars are unnecessary. The good Newt is what the country needs. I can put up with the bad Newt days. Pray for a tied convention that gives the best of all worlds, Sarah Palin . She is a passionate conserveative without a liberal bone in her body. Ken Krieger Cape Coral, Florida

    February 13, 2012 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  24. jennifer in Houston

    We'll all know when he finally understands that he is not wanted in this election by the loud sound of escaping air from his oversized ego...

    February 13, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  25. george of the jungle

    it sounds just like something the repo party would do. Nominate some one nobody liked. They will do it with mitt. But then the repos don't care who runs the country or what happens to the people just so long as they can get rid of president Obama.

    February 13, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
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