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. .

    Yes, Newt should leave NOW. We've got much bigger fish to fry. I just saw Obozo's so called "Budget" speech. The man is an abject class warfare Western European styled quasi socialist.

    We've got to kick this guy out of office before we turn into Greece... or Italy... or Portugal.... or Spain.... or Connecticut..... or California.

    February 13, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  2. Bozzz

    I would like to request that Romney, Gingrich, and Santorum all quit the race. The GOP field is a complete disgrace and an embarrassment to conservatives.

    February 13, 2012 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  3. ThinkAgain


    Please define "socialist." If you mean public support for the military, education, airports, road, highways, bridges, national parks, clean water, clean air, Social Security, unemployment insurance, etc., etc., etc., then President Obama is not alone in supporting these programs.

    If you REALLY don't like stuff like this, please move to India, where there is no income tax (and no infrastructure) or Somalia, where there is no pesky government to "bother" you.

    February 13, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  4. c ray

    newt prez of south carolina

    February 13, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  5. Frankly Speaking!!!

    LEAVE NEWT ALONE!!! You're lucky he even performs for you!

    At least he we know he's STRAIGHT, and that's something I'm not so convinced we can say about Santorum.

    And, he's way more entertaining than Stick-in-the-Mud Sissy Santorum too!

    February 13, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain

    "Newt is a brilliant guy, but he is unelectable."

    No, he'd probably ace a history exam, but that's about it. Anyone with the kind of ego he has which deludes him into thinking he can be POTUS is definitely not "brilliant."

    February 13, 2012 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  7. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Run Newt Run run run run. See Newt run

    February 13, 2012 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  8. Voice of Reason

    We've ALL been asking Newt to leave the race for some time now. I guess the NR has more weight? Maybe if we got a bunch of his friends together and told him how destructive his behavior is for himself and those around him...

    Newt needs an intervention.

    February 13, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  9. v_mag

    So, all along, the R's have harped on one "issue": Beating Obama. And out of all the possible candidates they put forward to accomplish that task, not one of them can come close to doing it.

    It is instructive for all of us to see that the R's can't do the job, even when they define the job narrowly. Imagine them trying to do something to significantly advance the interests of Americans!

    February 13, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  10. Don in Lawrence, Kansas

    The potential image of Newt and his Third Lady romping naked about the White House should be too much for any American.

    February 13, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  11. Debbie In AZ

    Those against Newt are against the Constitution. You haven't been paying very good attention to his message. You've been drinking too much Kool-Aid from the status quo candidates that do NOT want to reform Washington. They will say they will but none of them have come out with exact plans, step by step, of their intentions as our new President. Newt has in detail repeatedly. He has far more support and backers than any of the others. Do your homework. Newt's record speaks for itself and is loaded with government and policy reforms. Washington was a much better place when he was Speaker. It fell apart after he left. There are a lot of misinformation out there that has been repeatedly debunked. Washington fears him and the liberals do NOT want to fight against him. They can't win. They can win against the other three. Why do you think the media is backing any of the other two and downplaying Newt so harshly. Think about it!

    February 13, 2012 12:31 pm at 12:31 pm |
  12. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    The people that invited you to the party are asking you to leave...again.

    February 13, 2012 12:33 pm at 12:33 pm |
  13. Romney is not My Hero

    Why not have him leave this planet and go live on the moon? But please at leaset keep him around long enough to complete his division of the GOP. I appreciate it Gangrene! Thanks

    OBAMA 2012!

    February 13, 2012 12:35 pm at 12:35 pm |
  14. nytw

    Newt is a greater leader than Jesus Christ Just ask him if you don't think it is true?

    February 13, 2012 12:36 pm at 12:36 pm |
  15. Dave

    Please stay in the race, Newt. We Democrats need you. I even switched parties temporarily to vote for you in the primary just to help ensure our victory.

    February 13, 2012 12:39 pm at 12:39 pm |
  16. Hiram3

    Now I know why I cancelled my subscription to National Review – Gingrich has every right to continue campaigning – As long a s all the candidates join together in support of the final winner – otherwise, its Obama for another 4 years !

    February 13, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  17. indyreader

    Nah, Newtie – don't go just yet. The center ring of this circus ain't half as funny without you. if you leave, the remainder/backwash is just hollow (Romney), humorless and mean-spirited (Santorum) and,... well, okay, Ron Paul has some humor potential, but he still doesn't get as much attention as he may deserve.

    February 13, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  18. Janer52

    newt is an egomaniac. and btw, debbie in az...things fell apart when he was the speaker. he almost single handedly killed the republican party. he's a hypocrite and mean-spirited. is that really what you want for a president?

    February 13, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Newt Gingrich brought an "aliveness" to this GOP Primary race that we haven't seen since Romney – his Super Pac – and the GOP Establishment set out to destroy him following the South Carolina victory. America will never elect Rick Santorum to the Oval Office–and Independents and true Conservatives cannot get on board with Romney. He has no vision – he has no passion – no "fire in the belly" - so, let Newt get out ....... already the GOP Primary is dying on the vine. It will be "done" when Newt goes. Newt is only "unelectable" – because the GOP Establishment – Romney – his Super Pac – and the News Media have brainwashed Americans into believe the "curse" which they have placed upon Newt. It's America's loss. He is the man of vision. It's doubtful that Romney can win-and if Obama is re-elected, America is doomed. Sit back and watch it happen!

    February 13, 2012 12:43 pm at 12:43 pm |
  20. maggie

    Gingrich has zero chance to be the nominee but he will be the gift that keeps on giving until he runs out of gas.

    @Jim, I was always hoping that one day South Carolina would simply secede. Newt can be president of South Carolina AND the moon colony and become a world leader. Ha!

    February 13, 2012 12:44 pm at 12:44 pm |
  21. PHinMiami

    Na-na-na-nah, Na-na-na-nah, Hey-heyh, Good-bye! . . . " and your little dog, too!"

    February 13, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  22. maggie

    "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.

    I agree, Romney is about as sincere as a two bit penny but Santorum is not without his own baggage. There is a reason why he was beaten so severely in Pennsylvania.

    February 13, 2012 12:45 pm at 12:45 pm |
  23. Carl

    apply that same logic to EACH of the pathetic GOP candidates. none of them can or will beat Obama. its a true shame that there is no decent, intelligent, creative conservative to represent us on the GOP side. this is not how its supposed to be. im going to vote for Obama because he is better than all the rest. no other reason, and i think the majority is with me on that one. heres to 2016.

    February 13, 2012 12:48 pm at 12:48 pm |
  24. Ruth in Utah

    Newt and Callista haven't sold enough of their books yet – aren't they running to autograph more of their books?

    February 13, 2012 12:50 pm at 12:50 pm |
  25. Martha in CF

    Keep him in the race.....I like watching this circus!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Obama 2012

    February 13, 2012 12:51 pm at 12:51 pm |
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