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. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    While right wingnuts fear socialism, I happen to think that our biggest socialist programs have been helpful: the military, veterans administration, social security, medicare, post office, national parks, interstate highways, consumer protection agencies, public schools and universities, police, firemen and teachers, and affordable health care.

    February 13, 2012 12:52 pm at 12:52 pm |
  2. Larry in Houston

    The National Review knows what they are saying – and they know "the newter" is still Fuming Mad about Romney, I don't think he's going to get over it for a long time, maybe even After the Election is over with. Newter is going to do everything in his power to tear romney apart – no matter what he's got to do, to do it. My gut feeling is that the newter will "endorse" a Democrat – Just so Romney OR Santorum doesn't get the Nomination. I mean, when he was in ofice, he done a lot of damage, and the people that's in Congress now, that was there when newter was IN, does NOT want him Back. It's like they almost Hate him ( the newter)

    February 13, 2012 12:55 pm at 12:55 pm |
  3. Not All Docs Play Golf

    I am calling for the GOP to quit.

    February 13, 2012 01:05 pm at 1:05 pm |
  4. TheFatherofLies

    Funny how Romney was considered "well to the right" of McCain in '08 and now is not conservative enough to get the full support of the establishment. Newt is patently insane, and will use that characteristic to get voters. It worked in South Carolina and it will definitely work in Georgia. Newt had me nervous at one point but I am certain neither Paul nor Santorum will have the ground game to defeat Mittens or campaign juggernaut that is the Obama apparatus.

    February 13, 2012 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  5. Jeff in TX

    What started as simple narcissistic pomposity to support a book tour has deteriorated into a snide, unproductive and wasteful charade, a "clown show." Indeed, quit and save us all the trouble. Makes Sarah Palin's post-election stunts look meek and humble.

    February 13, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  6. Tony

    If the religious right would stop their blanket support for Israel and realize that foreign policy is foreign to most Presidents, who depend on hawkish advisors to lead the charge, they would realize the choice for all the people is Ron Paul.

    I may be a Democrat, but if Ron paul gets the nomination, I will vote for him. On every major issue, he has solutions that are pragmatic and not skewed by special interests.

    My problem with Obama is that I do not trust his intellect. he surrounds himself with failures (Bernanske, Giethner, Soros) who have not provided any solutions except "tax the rich" The problem is the taxes they pay take away from the jobs they may create. Why should I care how much someone makes honestly if they then provide more jobs for the rest of us?

    The issue of immigration burns me–The Dream Act is a nightmare. Obama needs to secure the border and pass lawas that target any businessman that hires illegals. All illegals can stay, for all I care, but they should never be allowed to vote. The Russians are dropping their kids here like flies to get citizenship, and this is not your regular immigrant. End the birthright clause now.

    As far as the economy, get out of the role of being the world's policeman. Send an aircraft carrier to any shore that harms our interest. Deterrence to the max.

    So much to talk about, but just tired of incompetence in our POTUS. Never again will he get my vote–let's see who the Republican banner bearer will be. I may just stay home in November.

    February 13, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  7. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    Wire Palladin, S. F. - While right wingnuts fear socialism, I happen to think that our biggest socialist programs have been helpful: the military, veterans administration, social security, medicare, post office, national parks, interstate highways, consumer protection agencies, public schools and universities, police, firemen and teachers, and affordable health care.
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    On what planet are the military, veterans administration, national parks, interstate highways, consumer protection agencies, public schools and universities, police, firemen and teachers "socialist"???

    BTW, "social security, medicare, post office" are all bankrupt or going there. You forgot Amtrak BTW. And the unions for police, firemen and teachers are bankrupting cities and states. As usual, socialism only works where there is unlimited money from somebody else to pay for things. Problem is that state only exists in viod between liberals ears.

    February 13, 2012 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  8. Jake

    wow. karma! he devoted so much time in public office humiliating others....

    February 13, 2012 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  9. Expat American

    Well, I guess this means goodbye to the 'Moon Colony'...

    ......shucks....

    February 13, 2012 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  10. jb1963

    I got a better idea. Have them all quit and send all the money they collected to the middle class and down.

    February 13, 2012 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  11. J myer

    Newt is so full of himself that his ego would not let him withdraw. He will stay until the bitter end and try to destroy all the candidates and the Republican Party. He is a very scary person as he is so filled with anger and hate, especially for Gov. Romney. He can't possibly believe the American people would accept his "wife" as First Lady, much less him as President. For supposedly being so brilliant he hasn't done a very good job with the decisions he has in his life up to this point. Now he will seek revenge because of this suggestion that he drop out, so look out media – you are going to hear from Newt!

    February 13, 2012 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  12. JJ

    No, no, please, let the nimrod stay, we still have plenty of popcorn left. 🙂

    February 13, 2012 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  13. Peter

    Gingrich wouldn't drop out of the race, even if his wife was the only one who still supported him.

    February 13, 2012 01:35 pm at 1:35 pm |
  14. Pat in IL

    It's amazing to me that he is dumb enough to still be running. Not only that, but can anybody even imagine Calista, who isn't even smart enough to try to wear a decent hair style or put on a sincere looking smile, as first lady?

    February 13, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  15. Luke

    Newt please don't leave the race, your the leader of the Immoral Minority. They need you to represent them.

    February 13, 2012 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  16. cashmeremafia

    NR has a good point: we have not heard peep about his 59 point plan for the economy, except that he's a businessman and can fix things – well, tell us how!!

    February 13, 2012 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  17. minoa

    Newt’s run will bring him years of invites to talk shows, conferences, and book deals. That is the main reason he will stay in the race: marketable notoriety and conservative credentials. He doesn’t care one iota whether his run helps or hurts the Republicans.

    February 13, 2012 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  18. Kalowg

    This is very interesting although misguided. People correctly say that Gingrich's weakness is his history with infidelity. Santorum's strength is his moral superiority as I'm calling it.

    Unfortunately the facts in my opinion that if it's Gingrich against Obama the issues become centered around bloated and failed government. Gingrich's strong suite. Gingrich can overcome his infidelity much like Clinton did during his reelection campaign. The American Public will put economy over morals.

    If Santorum wins and runs against Obama the issue moves away from failed leadership in Washington to one of morality and Santorums many shortfalls. While the extreme Christian right will be thrilled he will loose everyone else in the process. Nobody likes someone who is "greater than tho". The campaign will get off message quickly, and he will loose everyone else in the process.

    Personally I could go for either person. Even if Santorum did beat Obama the social issue train sailed long ago. You lost the abortion battle. Get over it, and get refocused on the battles you can win.

    February 13, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  19. Cedar Rapids

    "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."

    'entitlement reform' – AKA s crew the poor
    "more market-oriented health care" – so for-profit health care leaving it to those that can afford it.
    "judges whose philosophy aligns with its strict interpretation of the Constitution" – AKA judges that can be bought and will do as they are told.
    "tax reform" – AKA tax breaks for the rich.

    February 13, 2012 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  20. QS

    "...but his attacks on Santorum have been lame, perhaps because they are patently insincere."

    The only reason I can think that any attack on Santorum would be considered "patently insincere" is because Santorum's platform is patently insincere to begin with....can't hurl a decent attack at a mediocre target!

    February 13, 2012 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  21. Tex71

    It took them this long to figure out why none of their candidates is a clear choice? No wonder they are mired in mediocrity.

    February 13, 2012 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  22. Dennis

    We already have the most narcissistic leader on the planet. We don't need another one running against him.

    February 13, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  23. Maeve

    The Newt will never give up. His ego is so huge that the fact that people are dismissing him means nothing. Newt and Plasticville Barbie will continue their quest for power. We are all hoping he fails. He can also take the half-governor of Alaska the "frill" of the GOP, Palin with him into obscurity.

    February 13, 2012 01:57 pm at 1:57 pm |
  24. Loathstheright

    No, no, no. Stay in there Newt, you are doing Obama a huge favor by exposing just how insanely awful the radical GOP has become.

    February 13, 2012 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  25. Mike from Calgary

    Gingrich still has far more of popular votes cast than Santorum, and he has not been beat by 18 points in his lst election campaign, and he has balanced budgets.
    Now if the vote was for Pope, Santorum would likely win over Gingrich.

    February 13, 2012 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
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