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. interested 48

    Smartest idea yet for the Republicans. Newt, GO AWAY!

    February 13, 2012 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  2. Jersey George

    I'd take Romney over Santorum anytime. Santorum wants to be the American Pope and place our country under theocratic rule.

    February 13, 2012 04:32 pm at 4:32 pm |
  3. babs

    Doesn't matter who the GOP runs, they simply do not have anyone who is as likeable as President Obama – and that's what wins elections. The Republicans know they are going to to get beaten, and it kills them that a black man has achieved the American dream that they profess to embrace. Case closed.

    February 13, 2012 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. macbil

    The only reason that Republicans are even considering Gingrich is because Romney is such a weak candidate and the majority of the party doesn't trust (and they have good reason not to trust him, he will say anything to get the nomination. I've never heard a politician flip-flop as much as he does). So, as we've all witnessed over the last 8 months the parade of ABR (anybody but Romney) candidates march by.....Trump, Bachmann, Perry, Cain, Gingrich, and now Santorum. Again, it's all because Romney is a weak candidate.

    February 13, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  5. Another Day in the Idiot Mines

    A liberal, a moderate and a conservative walk into a bar. The bartender says "Hi Mitt!"

    February 13, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  6. Mary

    Can't believe that Santorum is poling ahead of Romney in Michigan.

    Also, don't understand Norquist Enemy of the State's thinking. Looks like s/he is for Obama. Why then would you want Newt to stay in the race to split the vote? If that happens, the split will be between Newt and Santorum - thus assuring a Romney nomination. Romney is poling better in a head-to-head match up against Obama. I hope Newt gets out and Santorum wins the nomination. That would something to witness and I believe secure an Obama second term!

    February 13, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    I have no interest, Truth, in what a candidate does in private so long as it does not impede their job performance, but enough people did trust Clinton in spite of the impeachment to reduce Newt's House majority, so I would have to say your reasoning is flawed. It was the sheer hypocrisy of Newt in that situation that bothers epople, including Republicans, to this day. As far as JFK is concerned, I would suggest you look at Ronald Reagan's past: he was accused of what would now be described as date rape: is he still your icon, based upon the way he used and discarded women before meeting Nancy?

    February 13, 2012 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  8. Former Republican, but never again!

    Newt: Get out and let Santorum take on Romney one on one!

    February 13, 2012 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  9. boon

    "entitlement reform, more market-oriented health care, judges whose philosophy aligns with its strict interpretation of the Constitution and tax reform."

    Yup, if the Mittster would endorse these tried and definitely proven time, after time, after time to be failed policies, he'd have our support. I thought Republicans were supposed to be all about 'jobs, jobs, jobs'?

    February 13, 2012 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  10. cjdhdh

    Republican should be changed to rapepublican because thats what they are to doing to the American people with out even using any lube.

    February 13, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  11. BostonianNTheWoodlands,TX

    But what happened to all those who were of the position that Newt would mop the floor with President Obama in a debate ?

    That Newt was not only intelligent,but is THE smartest guy in the room ?

    Still waiting............

    February 13, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  12. j0eschm0e

    anyone but obama

    February 13, 2012 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  13. Dennis

    But then again, that just about sums up the whole party.

    February 13, 2012 05:24 pm at 5:24 pm |
  14. Rickrw

    I hope that Newt shuns all who ask him to step down. We democrats support Newt all the way. I really really want him to be the republican nominee. I want to see him debate president Obama sooooo bad. Hang in there Newt., we luv ya.

    February 13, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |
  15. The Greedy Old Pigs declared class war on US!

    "Can't believe that Santorum is poling ahead of Romney in Michigan."

    Believe it. Rmoney's comments about the auto bailouts and foreclosures just proved to Michigan how wrong he would be for the state. His so-called "family connection" to MIchigan is as phony as everything else about him. He left years ago, rarely returned, and now acts as if he's entitled to win the state. People from Michigan are hardworking, and they don't appreciate his entitled elitist attitude.

    February 13, 2012 05:32 pm at 5:32 pm |

    I doubt very much if Newty is just going to drop out, his ego powered by his wounded pride makes him think he's still going to be the nominee and the president no less. He will also use the standard GOP approach to asking Rick to drop out, do as I say, not as I do, or what's good for the goose is not good for the gander. If he looses every primary that's left between now and the convention, I still can't see him dropping out, as strange as that seems, he sees himself as some kind of a savor, not to mention that dropping out would injure his ego so much that he might as well roll himself up into a little ball and stay on a corner somewhere. It's a sad sad story about a sad sad man.

    February 13, 2012 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  17. j0eschm0e

    to bostonian, newt decided to remark on the moon base thing and thats what sank his ratings. it happened soon after he said we should colonize the moon. it is a good idea, but we need to foix the economy first and theres too many near sighted people too look to the future that far. I myself wish we could see what good newt couldve done. to those that disagree, please watch some of newts videos on cnn and it will be very clear. we also need to stop these wars, and take care of our economy for once. let russia and china settle serria and iran, they seem to be bustling with economic growth.let the other larger economies police a while.

    February 13, 2012 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  18. j0eschm0e

    at least newt has ideas to fix the economy, the rest of them are all out to slam each other to step on the next to get the nomination no matter what. listen to newts videos and he is clearly the smartest one, but I believe newt sank his own ship with the colonizing the moon. that was the turning point when he fell in the polls. it will probably happen, but we need to get the economy straightened out first. sorry newt, but I have to vote for the one that wins the nomination in order to defeat obama in 2012. it is also too bad that the GOP candidates have to beat each other up like so, it just doesnt make things look good. I think obama should have been in the debates the whole time and take the heat also. obamas time will surely come as well. its quite strange that obama after 3 years in doing nothing, is so interested in the economy now, just in time for elections.

    February 13, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  19. Rich Paul Freeman

    Ron Paul or the GOP can burn for all I care. The Libertarian Party is a much better voice for freedom.

    February 13, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  20. j0eschm0e

    fix the econ0omy* (typo in the other post)

    February 13, 2012 05:35 pm at 5:35 pm |
  21. Peter

    j0eschm0e wrote "anyone but Obama".

    Wonderful. What a great way to vote. Does not matter who you get, what their policies are, or what they are going to do, so long as they are not Obama. Brilliant. Just stay home, will ya?

    February 13, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  22. Peter

    These are not the Republicans that I grew up with. Too many are way far right. When I read messages on Republican boards which accuse Romney of being "a Socialist", and Obama "a Communist", I have a feeling that those people wouldn't get excited about a candidate unless someone dressed as Uncle Sam ran on the platform of jailing everyone who was unemployed.

    February 13, 2012 05:37 pm at 5:37 pm |
  23. Former Democrat but never again

    I would still vote for Newt over Obama. I am so glad that got smart enough to move to the Rebublican party. Liberals just think they are smart. Conservatives are smart. Watching Liberals In action Is like watching a sitcom.
    WAKE UP AMERICA and get Obama out of office while we still have a chance for our country.

    February 13, 2012 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
  24. The REAL Truth...

    The problem with all the GOP candidates – including Newt – is that they do NOT represent Conservative values, they represent the Republican Party, who long ago lost my conservative vote. It's now disintegrated into a circus ring with a series of candidates that honestly don't stand a snowballs chance in Nov. When you add in comments from folks like [j0eschm0e] "anyone but obama" we are in a sorry state. I have no issues with the Conservative fundamentals, but please, please GOP Candidates, please enlighten us on how you intend to make them happen. The same-o, same-o "less taxes, less govt, family values, anti-abortion" has not happened on any GOP President's watch in the last 75 yrs. What HAS happened is HUGE deficits (started by Reagan BTW), MASSIVE tax cuts for the "elite" all the while catering to the fringe element. Then there's the "socialist" fear-mongering and the clueless "I'll vote for the GOP candidate, whomever that is" attitude of the sheeple, all the while taking this country nowhere but DOWN!
    Please Newt, other than colonizing the Moon (maybe you;d be in the first wave?) what exactly do you or the other's plan to do to ACTUALLY implement any Conservative values.

    February 13, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  25. Daph1

    I wonder who Newt will support when he leaves?

    February 13, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
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