NRO calls for Newt to drop out and support Santorum

Rick Moran
This is a case of what's good for the goose...

Recall that when Gingrich was riding high after South Carolina, he urged Santorum to drop out and support him. Now that the shoe has changed feet, shouldn't Newt take his own advice and help Santorum become the nominee by consolidating conservative support behind one candidate?

NRO thinks 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.

Fairly soon, Newt won't have a choice. His money sources are drying up and he has little to compete with on Super Tuesday. That said, there's no real rush at the moment for him to quit if he thinks he has something to add to the race. He will continue to score in the low teens or single digits - unless Santorum stumbles - which should convince him after the March 6 primaries that his quest is at an end.


This is a case of what's good for the goose...

Recall that when Gingrich was riding high after South Carolina, he urged Santorum to drop out and support him. Now that the shoe has changed feet, shouldn't Newt take his own advice and help Santorum become the nominee by consolidating conservative support behind one candidate?

NRO thinks 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.

Fairly soon, Newt won't have a choice. His money sources are drying up and he has little to compete with on Super Tuesday. That said, there's no real rush at the moment for him to quit if he thinks he has something to add to the race. He will continue to score in the low teens or single digits - unless Santorum stumbles - which should convince him after the March 6 primaries that his quest is at an end.