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. peacedog

    according to bill press, gingrich is the mastermind behind the rhetorical war between the dems and the repubs. the guy should hang his head in shame for what he has done in private and public life. there is nothing good nor sincere about him.

    February 13, 2012 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  2. Hugganoak

    "it would be a grave mistake for the party to make someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee."
    By those standards none of the current GOP candidates qualify.

    February 13, 2012 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. WhereIsPalin

    All the more reason to stay in there Newt. Nobody can tell you what to do. You have all the answers.

    February 13, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  4. Hugganoak

    Even the Mitt himself has said that government can't create jobs. Therefore, his business background is not going to help alleviate that situation. He should stay in the private sector where he can put those job firing ... er, I mean job creating skills to good use.

    February 13, 2012 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  5. Michael in Houston

    I think Romney should be the one the repugnants pressure to get out of the race. He has nothing close to the level of hatred and anger the average repug voter wants in a candidate. They want someone who will spit on Obama during a debate, or say lousy things about his wife and children. Thats the kind of candidate repugs want to see. Contrary to what evangelicals say on Sunday mornings, they want hate and intolerance first and foremost in a candidate. They could care less about qualifications, leadership, political aptitude, charisma, etc.....they want HATE. It will get down to Newt and Santorum who are both far more to the liking of the average repug.

    February 13, 2012 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. kenny

    Republicans should stop calling for Newt "THE HOOT" Gingrich to leave the race. Newt is performing his task exactly as assigned him by Democrats. He is insuring that Mitt "The Flip Flop" Romney is the Republican nominee so President Obama can beat him down in the election and win a second term. The only problem with Newt is that while he is the inventor of the Political Hate Message, he cannot take that message when it is directed towards him. He never intended for it to be directed at him.

    February 13, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  7. John

    Newt Gingrich shouldn't have been able to run for President In the First Place. Anybody that was force to resign from Congress Or the Senate shouldn't be able to run for any Public office of any kind. And surely NOT TO BE PRESIDENT. Why should the American people reward someone that was force to resign from Congress or the Senate.

    February 13, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  8. Chris

    I like Gingrich, but it appears that Santorum is the conservative with the momentum. He ought to get out now so that Republican voters can voice a clear choice between two very different candidates – Romney and Santorum.

    February 13, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. Paul1st

    Let the voters decide, not the editors. If Newt gets the votes, then he should get the nomination. If Newt gets campaign funding, then he has the opportunity to get the votes. The editors should not expect Newt to quit just because the prefer someone else.

    February 13, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  10. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    peacedog - according to bill press, gingrich is the mastermind behind the rhetorical war between the dems and the repubs
    You mean far left winger Bill Press??? Shocking he would say this. hahaha. There is no "rhetorical war" but a very real fight about the future direction of this country. Do we as a country continue down the Democrat's socialist road to bankruptcy and social collapse (like we see in Geece TODAY) or stop spending ourself into bankruptcy start living within our means, accepting the fact that fewer and fewer people can't afford to pay for more and more benefits fo rmore and more people, who pay NOTHING into the system.

    February 13, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    Prediction: We will see more and more statements similar to NR's. Karl Rove's Plan to Elect the Next Neocon Robot. Now has to go to his emergency backup plan. With Newt out, Rmoney and Mr. Frothy can deliberately play slap and tickle with phony issues like contraception and the new "christian" Taliban theocracy each would impose. This would allow Flipper the Robot to avoid the economic issues, which are now like poison to him. Then, at just the right moment, Rove will pay off Santorum to run as VP and there will be all kinds of press about the two of them "putting aside their differences for the good of the party and to save the country from Obama". After that stale schtick, Rove will then have the nerve to claim the ticket was vetted during a "tough" campaign (in which they've actually ducked all the important issues, like the tax increase three quarters of America wants). Just watch, the manure will be piled sky-high, along with the fear, lies, hate and propaganda.

    February 13, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  12. bluemalak

    Yep, it's pride and ego for Gingrich all the way. He was kicked out of congress because he's an imbecile, and we want to nominate him to run for president???? Really? This guy needs to accept the fact that's he doesn't have the necessary common sense to run our country and go away.

    February 13, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  13. Nathan

    Dear Republican Party: Those same qualities in Mitt Romney that you find disappointing (lack of hard conservative record, etc) we in the middle find appealing. I prefer practical leaders instead of ideologues, as does the rest of the middle (that's what makes us the middle). If you want to lose so badly that Obama has no opposition for the next few years, nominate Rick Santorum or Newt.
    Obama or Romney 2012

    February 13, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  14. peacedog

    i must admit that i have never been more entertained by a national convention. every day is a new embarrassment and a new life. fox can only attack obama because their can be no legitimate support for any of their own puppets. could this be the beginning of the end for the gop and the tea folks?

    February 13, 2012 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  15. clarke

    Well how about that, someone said how the GOP really feels, without pointing fingers. I think he should stay in the contest. Gives everyone a run for their money. Also lets us see what everyone is made of.

    February 13, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  16. Luke Brown

    Newt is the only guy in the race who is talking about Big Picture ideas. He is talking specifics, that voters want to hear about. He knows the issues better than any of his rivals, and he doesn't dodge hard questions.

    While the NR staff may think this is a problem for the GOP ... us voters actually like it.

    PS .... Newt is the only Republican candidate who actually has a history of promoting a Republican agenda to the voters and having the voters respond by electing more Republicans.

    February 13, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  17. Dot8

    Politics is just not Gingrich's gig, if I was him I would pursue a career in religion, like a televangelist for example.

    February 13, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  18. The Real Tom Paine

    The fact that Newt was ever taken seriously is testimony to the fact of how far and how depraved the GOP has become. What was once whispered, or spoken while drunk in a bar, in terms of ideas is now commonplace and in danger of becoming mainstream policy for the Party. A close fight between a failed, one-term governor, a disgraced Speaker and a former Senator who lost his re-election bid by 18 points is a sign of a party imploding from lack of ideas and a lack of leaders. Throw in a super-annuated congressmen who is yapping at their heels like a rabid Yorkshire Terrier ( with apologies to Yorkies), and you have all the makings of a first class debacle. Adding to the spectacle is a House leadership incapable of advancing their own ideas, much less working with the President or the Senate. This race has always been the GOP's to lose, and they are ensuring that they are doing everything possible to do that.

    February 13, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. CBR

    Mr. Gingrich has the right to determine his own future. There are many primaries, etc. ahead. Since the party has declared a winner in Iowa and had to backtrack and now one county in Maine has not reported its votes in the Maine caucuses, mistakes are made. Mr. Romney and Mr. Paul are in a close race in Maine, however, Washington County votes may change the picture or they may reinforce Mr, Romney's win.

    Let's not push anyone out until the votes are counted. If Mr. Gingrich's ego is driving him to run then so be it. Is there anyone who does not believe that ego is the driving force in any race for office? Mr. Gingrich's views will be debated and voted on and in the end the Republicans at their convention will nominate their candidate. The media does not do this and that include the National Review.

    February 13, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. peacedog

    i still contend that if the grinch's two ex-wives could not trust him, how can the american people? he was bounced for ethics violations. how can anyone want him? my goodness, this country has gone downright goofy. palin, coulter, rush, hannity and so on spew hate as if the democrats are sleazy and evil but fail to see the serious moral issues in their own arena.

    February 13, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  21. ourjungle

    Which costs the taxpayer more, the so-called Romney Care, or the Federal Employees Health Benefits Program (FEHP)??? That should be the next GOP debate question. U.S. Representatives, and U.S. Senators receive some of the best health care in the country,much of it paid with taxpayer dollars. Yet, the lifer politicians (the magnets attrack them) seem unable,or unwilling to exxtend similar protections to the rest of America (search...Health Care for Congress). Which of the GOP candidates still use government health care insurance, inspite of their multi- million dollar income.

    February 13, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. SafeJourney

    Newt is a symptom of the disease that has infected the Republican Party. I have watched the GOP derail starting with Newt and his buddies. Newt is the poster boy for everything wrong in politics today; he created the politics of personal destruction single handedly lowered the level of political discourse and created the caustic polarization that continues to this day. Newt is a phony patriot, espousing values he does not hold or follow, corrupt to the core. You have lost your way are ill.

    February 13, 2012 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  23. Retired Army in San Antonio

    Obviously, "The National Review" has bought in to the Liberal Media Bias (LMAO!!!) !

    February 13, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  24. mdn

    There is absolutely no reason why Newt should leave. He reinforces the notion that the Republicans are out of touch with the main stream. That the Republicans are hypocrites and that the Republicans are the party that represents the interests of the rich. Plus Newt, his wives and mistresses are fun! He has wacky ideas that he promotes in the most serious of fashion. He will cause the the Republican nominee to be so damaged that one would think he works for the Dems. Newt IS the dream come true for the Democrats. GO NEWT GO!

    February 13, 2012 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  25. freelance

    Romney is the ONLY true – "Severely Conservative", "Moderate" & "Liberal". He can be anything you want him to be. I think that would be a great thing in today's divided world. Don't you think? NOT..

    February 13, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
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