Newt Gingrich out of Republican presidential race

Fox News is reporting:

Newt Gingrich plans to formally leave the Republican presidential race next Tuesday, senior campaign aides told Fox News.

The former House speaker will “more than likely” endorse Mitt Romney when he makes his announcement to either suspend or end the campaign, a source said.

The decision comes after Gingrich huddled with senior advisers following the five primaries Romney swept on Tuesday night. Romney’s victories made it virtually impossible for Gingrich to secure the 1,144 delegates needed for the Republican nomination.

… “I do think it’s pretty clear that Governor Romney is ultimately going to be the nominee and we’re going to do everything we can to make sure that he is in fact effective and that we as a team are effective both in winning this fall and then frankly in governing,” he said.

In 2008, die-hard Hillary Clinton supporters formed PUMA (“Party Unity My Ass!”) as a way of coping with Barack Obama’s final primary sweep that guaranteed him a virtual lock on the Democratic nomination.  They were also angered by the Obama campaign’s successful transformation of Hillary from a pioneer progressive women and children’s rights activist into a tainted, corrupt Washington DC political insider.  Their plan was to sway convention “super delegates” and force a confrontation on the floor of the convention during the nominating vote.  Needless to say, their original goals were soon abandoned and the group rebranded itself “People United Means Action” and offered its support to Barack Obama in the general election.

Right now it seems unlikely that such a movement will rise within the Republican party.  Both Santorum and Gingrich have bowed out of the race peacefully and have encouraged their supporters to retain the principles that each candidate stood for, but to continue to support the party through the convention and the general election.  Both have also acknowledged that the math was never in their favor.  Even with their primary wins, neither candidate managed to earn enough delegates to pose a serious threat to Mitt Romney.  And now with both of them out of the race, and Ron Paul finishing last place in nearly every primary so far, the nomination belongs to Romney.

And Romney appears to be ready to directly engage Obama.  If he can keep the momentum going through the summer, and against the hostility that the mainstream media regularly reserves for Republicans, he will prove to be a formidable opponent.

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  • Hank_M

    It was great fun watching Newt attack the LSM during the debates.
    And I would have enjoyed watching Newt debate the teleprompted one.
    Time now to endorse Mitt and get down to business, sending Obama back where he belongs, community organizing.

    • jim_m

      Hopefully Romney took some lessons from Newt on handling the MSM in debates. Newt was good at calling out bias and defending conservative ideas. Romney tends to lay down and roll over.

      This will crush the hopes of everyone on the left who were desperately pushing for a brokered convention so they could claim that the GOP did not represent the voters. They will have to deal with that tag themselves since they refused to run anything like a primary against obama despite his record of failure.

    • Guest

      I noticed that Mitt used a teleprompter on his victory speech last night.

      Odd, I can’t find a single right wing blogger whining about how incredibly stupid Romney is because of that.

      Chalk it up to the usual hypocrisy?

      • jim_m

        The difference is that Romney has spoken without a teleprompter and sounded pretty much the same, whereas obama is reduced to a stuttering fool who can barely get a complete sentence out.

        When obama has had to bring in teleprompters to address committee meetings and such he shows that he either lacks confidence or simply lacks ability. Since his giant sized ego tells us that confidence is not his weak point we can safely conclude that it is a shortfall of ability that leads him here.

        • retired.military

          Committee meetings? Hell he used one to address a 6th grade class. When I see Romney do that I will call him a stuttering idiot as well.

      • 914

        I for one did not see it as I was working. I’m no fan of Romney either. I will vote for his wife in place of Moochelle.

      • http://2012.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

        Are you sure it wasn’t an Etch-A-Sketch?

  • herddog505

    Michael LaprarieRight now it seems unlikely that such a movement will rise within the Republican party. Both Santorum and Gingrich have bowed out of the race peacefully and have encouraged their supporters to retain the principles that each candidate stood for, but to continue to support the party through the convention and the general election. Both have also acknowledged that the math was never in their favor.

    Add to this that many Republicans (myself included) didn’t like or trust Newt, so I think that there would be damned few people who would carry a torch for him after his bowing out. “Good riddance” is probably much closer to the mark.

  • 914

    “And Romney appears to be ready to directly engage Obama.”

    I wish RomneyCare and ObamaCare many happy years together.

    • http://www.rustedsky.net JLawson

      I’m just happy to see a campaign hitting back against Obama, instead of the usual “We’ll maintain silence because we don’t want to lower the level of discourse and civility.”

      Not that the left ever cares about civility – complaints about a lack of it are just a club, after all, to be used whenever possible.

      • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

        Amen to that.

        I’m no fan of Romney, but at least his campaign fights.

        • retired.military

          I am voting for ABO this election. Unfortunately that happens to be Romney.

      • PBunyan

        As one who lives in a state where Romeny had to spend big for a come from behind, narrow primary victory, let me assure you that there is no level too low for the Romney campaign. This will be the dirtiest mud slinging campaign in history.

  • Guest

    Of course today’s conservatives will roll over and take it as the elites shove Mitt Romney onto you. That’s the way you guys roll.

    • jim_m

      What’s the point of hiding this remark as “abuse” if it still appears in the sidebar?

      Sure, it’s inane and uninformed, but not abuse.

      • http://2012.ak4mc.us/ McGehee

        Much better to be able to vote his comments down instead. Thanks whoever brought that back.

      • herddog505

        I’m still trying to figure out this business of hiding comments because they are “abusive”. WTF??? Frankly, it smacks of the sort of self-righteous “we won’t tolerate intolerance!” sanctimony (censorship, really) practiced by the left.

        • Brucehenry

          A certain cabal deeeeep inside Wizbang is working to turn it into Little Green Footballs. And having some success.

          • jim_m

            The original move to Discus had a lot of issues as I recall, and I was one of the squeakiest of the wheels. They will get it right, eventually.

            But there is no reason to be having this issue with the abuse reports. Hopefully it is easily fixed.

            I would suggest that in the future Wizbang give warning when there is going to be any changes in the comment system. The confusion does look bad and issues are more easily tolerated if we know there is a reason and that they will be sorted out correctly.

          • Brucehenry

            I hope you are right, Jim, but, given recent events I have my doubts this time.

          • Commander_Chico

            I went back to posts from last week and flagged one of my own comments “as inappropriate” (is there a word more associated with PC censorship than “inappropriate?”).

            I then reloaded the page.

            Voila! It only takes one flag to hide a comment for abuse. I suspect one nitwit has been going around doing it. Still, he must have a lot of time on his hands, given the number of comments flagged.

          • Brucehenry

            3 guesses as to the nitwit’s identity.

            I don’t see a “flag.” I DO see a little note that says “Hide” to the right of the commenter’s screen name. Is that a “flag”?

          • Conservachef

            Bruce,

            Further to the right is an arrow- you have to hover your mouse over the comment to see it.

            I had thought the comments were being hidden because of +/- vote counts.

          • Commander_Chico

            How about one guess?

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            chicka, you’ve been being flagged consistently (though less so than other un-named trolls) for some time. I know because I bother to wade through the “message flagged” notifications to root out spammers (as opposed to asinine louts). Oh, by the way, the moderators cannot flag comments, only mark as spam, edit, or delete (which leaves an audit trail).

          • http://wizbangblog.com Kevin

            That’s not how it is supposed to work. I will be trying to fix this issue tonight.

          • Commander_Chico

            Thanks for running this place, hope you’re making good money out of it.

          • Brucehenry

            Not to reply directly to He Who May Not Be Engaged, but I WAS banned, for a couple of months in 2009. I bumped into Jay Tea in the comment section of Oliver Willis’s blog, asked him about it, and next thing you know I was readmitted. Since then I’ve made an effort to be an effective contrary opinion here without being more disrespectful than is necessary to make a point.

          • retired.military

            And I think you do a decent job of it Bruce. Far more so than some.

          • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

            Were that the case you’d have been banned long ago, ergo, it’s not the case.

  • jim_m

    Heh. Jimmy Carter has come out and claimed that he’d be comfortable with a Romney presidency. http://townhall.com/tipsheet/greghengler/2012/04/25/jimmah_obama_will_win_reelection_but_id_be_comfortable_with_romney

    So much for painting Romney as an ultraconservative as some on the left are advocating. Of course the problem with this is that it highlights how much of a squish Romney really is, but it shows that obama doesn’t have that much to offer if even Jimmy Carter, who would rather kiss communists than Republicans, would be ok with Romney.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      That (the James Earl “Dhimmy” Carter endorsement) is almost as poisonous as the endorsement of certain un-named trolls hereabouts…

    • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_IZ5BM5GNLA54OADSWGSXAMA7SY Jay

      I wonder how much of this tepid endorsement for Romney is because of his record and how much of this supposed need for an ultraconservative is from a realigning of the motives of the GOP…

  • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

    Here’s an example.

    If someone flagged http://wizbangblog.com/2012/04/25/newt-gingrich-out-of-republican-presidential-race/#comment-509093550

    I’d look at it in the moderator section, see that it’s little more than a link to a luaP noR site, and mark it as spam.

    With the current brouhaha and various allegations flying, I’d ignore it, as I’m ignoring the hundreds of comments flagged earlier which have fallen off the boards in consequence of the change.

    • http://wizbangblog.com/author/rodney-graves/ Rodney G. Graves

      So the mass of flagged comments has returned, and thus has the spam been appropriately filed.

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