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. Expat American

    It is time for Newt to leave the race; although I would have liked to hear his concession speech upon losing the general election. No doubt his arrogance would have not been weakened.

    February 13, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  2. Randy, San Francisco

    No. Absolutely not. Gingrich should not listen to the establishment power brokers of the GOP. The people make the decision not political pundits, newspapers, magazines, or talk show entertainers.

    February 13, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  3. Brian

    This is going to back-fire on the GOP. If Newt leaves the race, he may likely re-enter as an independent come election time. If he does that (along with Ron Paul), Obama wins the election by a landslide. And with that huge ego, I bet the only way Newt bows out and endorses Romney is if he runs on the ticket at VP. And I don't think that's going to happen with Santorum lobbying for the position. Dems should keep Newt's address on their xmas card list.

    February 13, 2012 11:10 am at 11:10 am |
  4. Jeff

    A vote for gingrich or santorum is a vote for obama

    February 13, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  5. mdn

    Republican are looking for a Mittness Protection Program!

    February 13, 2012 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. Guess What

    Then tell Romney to get out also.

    February 13, 2012 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  7. Is Mitt a Git?

    Would love to see Gingrich leave the race, it will make Romney sweat even more profusely than he already is. Looks like Santorum will win Michigan–one more significant loss for Romney. Maybe he should not have said what he did about letting the auto industry fail. That's the philosophy he took when he was at Bain Capital–and it's not flying. He is a RINO, and the only true Republicans are Paul and Santorum, and neither will win the White House. What a quandry the republican party is in–Obama must be feeling pretty good right now.

    February 13, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  8. ObamaFlop

    I recommend that Obama quit..........imagine the Money that would be saved in useless campaign donations.

    February 13, 2012 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Publius Novus

    The only remaining candidate who has not won an election or a caucus is Ron Paul. Time for Rep. Paul to stop spending his supporters' money.

    February 13, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. Bob Lees

    And the clown car rolls on... This is the best nomination season I can remember. None of these bozo's could win a national dog catcher election and yet egos and corrupt casino cash keep them in the game.

    February 13, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Bootstomper

    GOP,goofy old party.People should watch Lewis Black talk about Santorum,really funny stuff but shows how out of touch he is.

    February 13, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. LouiseBelinda

    The republicans made the best and wisest move in several months. Newt has too much baggage, (leaving wives) for one. He is not honest and will never be a team player. He is becoming the poster boy for being too dumb to read the tea party leaves. I hope he listens to someone with class. VERY GOOD CALL.

    February 13, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. v_mag

    Being president is a hard job and takes a huge toll on anybody who gets the position. Can you look at Gangrene and see him living through a 4-year term? Then the issue becomes who his VP is, and that is a real wild card, especially with someone who's known for his chaotic style.

    We elect a president (well, sort of), and we get a VP thrown in. However, we sometimes wind up with the VP in that office. Remember Ford, who wasn't even elected as VP and wound up being the only person to hold the Presidency without being elected either VP or Pres.? Nut Gangrene is a bad choice all the way around.

    February 13, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. CitizenJP

    Mr. Romney, a flip-flopper with constantly changing his stand on issues, Mr. Gingrich, a fantastic impractical idea man who does not understand the American issues at hand, and Mr. Santouram, appealing to a small minority of America and zero foreign policy understanding will be no match to President Barack Obama, the person and his policies and accomplishments in the forthcoming election.

    February 13, 2012 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. RN

    Let Newt stay in the race – I haven't had so many laughs in years.
    The entire GOP field is a train wreck.

    February 13, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  16. jamarsu

    Newt,
    Please don't leave. It won't be as entertaining without you. What a carnival sideshow.

    February 13, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  17. twophad

    But doesn't this fit right in with what the Republicans always do? They accuse others of doing things just before or after they themselves do them. They give advice they will never take.

    February 13, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Sniffit

    ""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."

    Mittens behaving in an insincere manner? Color me shocked! Say it isn't so!

    February 13, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. NVa Native

    Yes, by all means stop the Democratic process and implement the Republican process of "get in line!".
    This isn't the Democatic Party – it's the Republican Party of bully dominance.

    February 13, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. RN

    Newt needs to stay in the race – I haven't had so many laughs in years.
    The entire GOP field is a train wreck and is only here for entertainment.
    How can any intelligent person take these guys seriously?

    February 13, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. ja

    with his backgound, how did you allow newt to enter the race, hypocrisy, i reckon

    February 13, 2012 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. anagram_kid

    Spkr. Gingrich will stay in as long as he has the funding to do so. I would not be surprised if he dipped into his own pocket just to continue having a spot on the debate stage. That is one of the few places he can still go to have his ego stroked. That is all that matters to him.

    February 13, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  23. TomGI

    Newt will only fall further and further back. Time to go.

    February 13, 2012 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  24. Lola

    More market-oriented healt care??????????

    OMG I cannot believe the craziness of these people.........

    February 13, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Movado

    Question: If Romney wins the Presidency, and fills in his administration, does he offer Palin, Cain, Santorum positions? If so, what cabinet positions?

    February 13, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
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