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National Review Calls on Gingrich to Drop Out and Endorse Santorum

 

Interesting.  I had assumed that National Review was in the tank for Romney.  However, this morning the editors have called for Gingrich to drop out and endorse Santorum.  They follow this up with a blast at Romney:

We hope so. Gingrich’s verbal and intellectual talents should make him a resource for any future Republican president. But it would be a grave mistake for the party to make someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee. It is not clear whether 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. When he led Santorum in the polls, he urged the Pennsylvanian to leave the race. On his own arguments the proper course for him now is to endorse Santorum and exit.

We hope so. Gingrich’s verbal and intellectual talents should make him a resource for any future Republican president. But it would be a grave mistake for the party to make someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee. It is not clear whether 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. When he led Santorum in the polls, he urged the Pennsylvanian to leave the race. On his own arguments the proper course for him now is to endorse Santorum and exit.

Santorum has been conducting himself rather impressively in his moments of triumph and avoiding characteristic temptations. He is doing his best to keep the press from dismissing him as merely a “social-issues candidate.” His recent remark that losing his Senate seat in 2006 taught him the importance of humility suggests an appealing self-awareness. And he has rightly identified the declining stability of middle-class families as a threat to the American experiment, even if his proposed solutions are poorly designed. But sensible policies, important as they are, are not the immediate challenge for his candidacy. Proving he can run a national campaign is.

Romney remains the undramatic figure at the center of the primaries’ drama. Lack of enthusiasm for him has set it all in motion. Romney is trying to win the nomination by pulverizing his rivals. His hope is that enthusiasm will follow when he takes on Obama in the summer and fall. But his attacks on Santorum have been lame, perhaps because they are patently insincere. (Does anyone believe that Romney truly thinks poorly of Santorum’s votes to raise the debt ceiling?)

Go here to read the rest.  I suspect that Gingrich may just do that.  He has a huge amount of animosity against Romney as a result of the avalanche of negative ads that Romney has unleashed against him.  He is politician enough to realize that he has no realistic shot now at the nomination and that Santorum does.  Santorum has always been personally friendly with Gingrich and would probably be willing to have him as a close advisor in the campaign, with a cabinet position a sure thing in a Santorum administration.  Things could get interesting in the next few days.

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Donald R. McClarey

Cradle Catholic. Active in the pro-life movement since 1973. Father of three and happily married for 35 years. Small town lawyer and amateur historian. Former president of the board of directors of the local crisis pregnancy center for a decade.

6 Comments

  1. Well I guess I owe NR a half a mea culpa. I still think their hit job on gingrich was over the top but it sems their suport for Santorum was more than a smokescren. In fact the Romneybots that comment there swear NR is in the bag for Santorum while the rest of think they are in the bag for Romney.

  2. Kyle that linked to article has to be the dumbest piece of tripe that I have read thus far in this nominating contest and that is saying something. The idea that Santorum was in this contest as Romney’s stalking horse is so devoid of any contact with reality as to defy belief.

  3. I don’t think he was saying Santorum was in the race to be Romney’s stalking horse, but that his candidacy was being used as Romney’s stalking horse.

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