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. jpmichigan

    Newt Gingrich is not part of the establishment, that is why the establishment ( including National Review) want him out , but he took on the establishment when he was on the Hill and won. Romney is a moderate/liberal, who is desperate trying to be a conservative. His pass performances have shown a different picture of this man, any he is BORING. Saintly Santorum with his outlandish social agenda, voiced in Iowa, his halo is sliding and he whines too much. Romney things he can buy conservatism. He is the = to Obama, having secretive meeting at CPAC, then winning the strw vote and the Washington Times Poll. Hewt is the voice of the real people in America, who want real change , not the change manipulated by the establishment and right wing media.

    February 13, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  2. Truth and Nothing But the Truth

    It doesn't matter what anybody wants. The money will start drying up, he'll drop to 4th in the results and he'll decide to drop out. Just let nature take its course.

    February 13, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  3. cali girl

    Ithink Romney's true colors are showing. That is the same for Santo annd Grinch. So with that information most know that it is still anyone at this point. Grinch would be dumb to get out.

    February 13, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  4. Not All Docs Play Golf

    This just in: Humans are now rallying against the GOP. Details as thet emerge.

    February 13, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  5. urthat

    '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."' However, secretly the President Obama reelection campaign hopes Gingrich stays in the race as long as possible...

    February 13, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  6. Thomas

    Don't forsake the 'Moon Colony'...

    We need Starbucks and Duty Free shops in space before the Chines out Space us .

    February 13, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  7. Bermille

    I think gpers were under the false impression that once they were in office, they are the ones who are held accountable.

    February 13, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  8. Steve

    "such as entitlement reform, more market-oriented health care, judges whose philosophy aligns with its strict interpretation of the Constitution and tax reform." so why aren't they endorsing Ron Paul? That is his platform. I guess it is because he really means it. The National Review might represent the fake conservatives that when they say they want small government, they mean they want democrat championed large government initiatives diminished and the conservative large government initiatives increased.

    February 13, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  9. Zane

    They forgot to mention that Santorum should leave the race too! A vote for Santorum is a vote for the "most corrupt" senator of 2006. At least according to the Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington (CREW).

    February 13, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  10. junior

    Stay on Newt, some of us think that you ARE the only one with the charisma to debate Obama and win. There is a void to the right of Santorum, at least you seem human-normal enough.

    February 13, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Rickapolis

    '...it would be a grave mistake for the party to make someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee.' Doesn't this cover ALL the republican candidates?

    February 13, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  12. TigerLily194

    HERE..... Here..... SafeJourney ............ totally agree couldn't have said better........

    February 13, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. dreamer96

    Newt is hoping for an open GOP convention..where he can use what delegates he has to win a few points..Santorum maybe a true Conservative...if that means a male chauvinist, that thinks all women are the property of men...and that a woman's body belongs to her husband...if you are talking about an American version of the Taliban..If you mean Santorum believes in an overloard social class of rich lazy, beautiful people ruling over the dumb workers...like the old southern plantations ...then yes Santorum is a true Conservative..If you mean a religious leader the uses double talk about every life is important in one breath and let's start another war using other kids lives and mass killings for the top 1%...or if you mean Oil is king and little support to real renewable energy in this country...running US right into a wall..The GOP is for the top 1% and can use religion only so far..and with terrible GOP voter turn out is losing the hearts and minds of the average traditional GOP voter....

    February 13, 2012 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Of course they want Newt to leave, he changes the religious morality of the Republican party and what would anyone call Calissa, "The Third Lady", give me a break. Doesn't make sense to continue to pour more salt into the wounds of Newt's other 2 wives, he's done enough to these women and so has Calissa.

    February 13, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  15. tim

    We need a few more like junior who believe in Newt and Obama is assured of re-election.

    February 13, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  16. Don

    Now if they would just realize that all the Republican candidates are not worth wasting the American Taxpayers money on defeating and have them all drop out and save all of the American taxpayers a huge amount of revenue spent just to show them to the door.

    February 13, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  17. DENNA

    Giggle, snort!! 🙂 I think he should stay in. He has the right to run for president, just like the other bozos running on the GOP ticket. If the economy continues to improve, and stocks keep rising, and jobs keep being created (all of which are happening now) they can ALL fuggedaboutit!

    February 13, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  18. A Texan

    The rich Republicans care about nothing but their $$$$$. Others are just duped into believing some of the psudo-Christian politics they profess.

    February 13, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    The National Review, Steve, pulled conservativism out of the Bircher-conspiracy theory ridden gutter, and gave it respectability for decades: are you accusing it of NOT being conservative ENOUGH? Paul and his followers pull conservatives back into the gutter Buckley pulled them out of 60 years ago. Every Paul supporter I've met explains his lack of success by throwing out some kind of conspiracy: there is no conspiracy. For that matter, the whole GOP is rife with conspiracy theories these days, in the hopes it will distract from their miserable lack of success and leadership.

    February 13, 2012 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  20. marinedad05

    Oh! leave that old, senile coot alone.

    The more loons in the GOP the merrier. In the end, they will choose someone who has no touch with American reality.

    The best gift for the DNC would be make sure Sarah Palin is chosen as the running mate for any candidate nominated.

    Yesterday, was listening to Mitt Romney.... Jesus, is this guy for real? It's like watching a robot perform with rusted joints.

    It is really unfortunate that there has been no viable candidate for 2012. Just wishing or articulating that 'any of the four candidates, can beat Obama easily', is not only sophomoric, but extremely ingenuous.

    February 13, 2012 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  21. sunny

    it is sad to be a republican. this primary process has taught me that republicans like to cannibalize thier own. that is why it will always be a minority and eventually vanish. I have never seen liberals and democrats attack one of their own. Newt is the only one that has the best message with the best resume and tangible success to show it and yet you want Newt to leave the race. I am sure there are many people like me who will not vote in November if Newt leaves the race and because of the arrogant reporter like you who want to influence people's vote without thier will.

    February 13, 2012 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  22. Drew

    Let's see Romney is anti poor, Santorum is anti women, Paul is anti government and Gingrich is anti social they are all anti Obama and anti peace. There is a real problem with these people and letting them run this country would be a bigger disaster than Obama by far for the working people and the poor. If you want to insert religion back into politics, if you want another war, if you want rampant deregulation of businesses, banks and enviromental process than by all means vote GOP but in four years you will want them out, for good.

    February 13, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  23. scoto

    "it would be a grave mistake for the party to make someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee." – What does this say about our fellow Americans who voted for this buffoon in the primaries thus far?

    February 13, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. vote the Tea Party OUT in 2012

    Newt should come out and denounce this evil left wing media attack on him.......OOPS this is a conservative magazine!! MY BAD NEVER MIND!

    February 13, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  25. Rob

    Newt take your Ego ball and go home.
    He has too much pride to suck it up.
    Remember folks? He WILL be President of the United States. He was ABSOLUTELY sure, so
    Why would he drop out? Votes don't matter!

    February 13, 2012 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
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