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. Carlos

    Santorum might conceivably win the crown for the most conservative. But does the American people want to elect a conservative? I think not. What America needs is a President that can unite, not one that will surely divide.

    February 13, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  2. Milton

    Let Gingrich stay in the race as long as he wants. All of us Democrats are cheering him on.

    February 13, 2012 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
  3. Eardley Ham Woodbury, MN

    So a Repugnican't rag calls for Kingrinch to resign but goes on to praise Sanitorium, while also savaging Mittens. Not worth the paper it's printed on. The National Review is much like the party it professes to speak for–useful only in the outhouse.

    February 13, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
  4. tim

    Gingrich has done more to re-elect President Obama than anyone else.

    February 13, 2012 11:53 am at 11:53 am |
  5. jaywing

    Please Newt, don't listen to those uppity liberal left-wing-leaning, main-stream, elite media types at the National Review tell you what to do. Stay in the race and show America what it means to be a Republican - an angry, clueless, money-grubbing, in the pockets of the 1%, power-hungry Republican.

    February 13, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  6. God's gift

    i want a moon colony!

    February 13, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  7. audra

    Stay in the race Grinch so we can continue to see your hatred for African Amerian Persident and your deep seeded racism for people of color. You and the rest of your dysfunctional slime ball party can go back to your pig stys in November.

    February 13, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  8. ThinkAgain

    Stay in Newtsie! You're just too much fun to watch!

    Obama/Biden 2012

    February 13, 2012 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  9. audra

    Campaigning on birth control pills is not going to win them the election, another distraction from the real issues, they've got nothing.

    February 13, 2012 12:00 pm at 12:00 pm |
  10. Jimmy

    If Willard is a closet Liberal, that's great. but still wouldn't vote for him to be POTUS. Rick Santorm, is creepy, Ron Paul is weird, his son Rand is creepy, so good bye all but a select few GOPers November 2012. GOP House have got to go November 2012. Obama/Biden 2012, Dems Senate & House 2012. Happy Days Are Here Again!

    February 13, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  11. Laurie in Spokane

    Plleeeaaase don't quit now Newt. Your goofy ideas, and the angst between you and Romney provide soooooo much entertainment. It's hard enough having to endure this campaign circus, but at least we have you to amuse us.

    February 13, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  12. B

    He never should have been in the race in the first place as he is all about the past and policies that have proved not to work.

    February 13, 2012 12:09 pm at 12:09 pm |
  13. BILLY CONSERVATIVE

    Keep in the race Newt we need your experience in Washington. Keep telling the truth Romney is a RINO.

    AMERICA NEEDS A TRUE CONSERVATIVE THAT CAN WIN AGAINST THE

    OBAMA THE SOCIALIST.

    February 13, 2012 12:10 pm at 12:10 pm |
  14. Greg Morgan

    Sounds like the National Review is saying there is no viable and acceptable Republican candidate.

    February 13, 2012 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm |
  15. pat howells

    you, fox and every other station, rush, levin, morris, etc. butt out stop if you did your homework you would know Santorum is not a true conservatrive only in the moral area first it was all about romney now its the senator who we threw out newt at least does have the record but you people are never fair always biased

    February 13, 2012 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  16. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Say what you will about the "National Review", but give them credit. Their editorial eyesight is 20/20. The Newt is the most consistently disliked politician in the USA. And considering the pack of baying fools he is competing with that is an incredible statement. He is worse than Bachmann, Perry, Palin (a non-runner runner up), Paul, Santorum and Romney combined.

    And that is an accomplishment worth mentioning because the group as a whole would gag a slaughterhouse maggot.

    February 13, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  17. Larry in Houston

    CNN – I hate to be a bearer of bad tidings, but I will have to agree with about 85% of the posts on here, regarding the newter.

    February 13, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  18. Marie MD

    Yes@barbarawolfe. I think, every day, about being one one of the first Earthlings colonizing the moon! Aren't you ashamed that you support this serial cheater? Wow!
    What happened to talk about the economy? Now its support telling women what to do?

    February 13, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  19. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    The Republican candidates standing at the podiums and savaging each other always brings to mind a paraphrase from the movie "Way of the gun"--"This ain't exactly a brains kind of outfit"

    February 13, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  20. v_mag

    Throw Newt on the ash-heap of historians!

    February 13, 2012 12:20 pm at 12:20 pm |
  21. jim

    A little bit of Eye-of-Newt, some powder of Third-Party and a huge dose of Ego-salt. If only his ego was strong enough to run as a third-party candidate. Now wouldn't that be fun!!!! One can only hope.

    February 13, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  22. Dennis

    Newt is a brilliant guy, but he is unelectable. He needs to get out of the race now.

    February 13, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  23. Annie, Atlanta

    I would at least wait until Super Tuesday if I were Gingrich. Who does the National Review think it is anyway? He's ahead here in GA right now, and based on his bigoted views, I think he'll do quite well here in the south. That's just my .02 cents worth. The Republican establishment has wanted him out from the get-go. For that reason alone I'd stay in. Who do they think they are to tell the voters who to vote for?

    February 13, 2012 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  24. knowndoyen

    It is all media in any form that is deaf on what Romney has done and will do. The media needs to stop tell someone to do this or that. Romney has one the strongest conservitive record of anyone in the race. The media refuses to tell the truth. Romney has a right to pulverize his rivals they are weak. This so called influential conservative magazine National Review has not taken the time to listen to or look at Romney's record or his campain. He has said what he would do. As a true conservative republican Santorum would be the wrong bet he is to weak to win. His record is weak and he has added to our debt so how can he claim he is better than Obama he is Obama's clone. It is nice to see that he cares for his family to bad he did not vote when he had the chance to make things better for them and his grand kids. Santorum is not the answer Ronmey has been.

    February 13, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  25. General Davis

    Newt is sticking around in the hope that John King will give him another boost in the polls.

    February 13, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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