What's Newt Gingrich up to?
March 19th, 2012
02:08 PM ET

What's Newt Gingrich up to?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

Some people just can't take a hint.

It's the eve of the Illinois primary, and Newt Gingrich is still here.

Well, actually, as of Sunday, he was in Washington taking in the cherry blossoms. He was reportedly seen dining at a trendy restaurant with his wife, Callista.

The voters have made it abundantly clear they are not interested in Gingrich being our next president.

He has won two states so far - South Carolina and his home state of Georgia.

He was supposed to do well in the South, but Rick Santorum busted him up big time last week in Alabama and Mississippi.

The leadership of the Republican Party has quietly made it known it would be a good idea for Gingrich to acknowledge what everyone else seems to be able to see so clearly and make his exit. But like an old hoofer addicted to the footlights, he just can't bring himself to get off the stage.

Gingrich has indicated he intends to remain in the race all the way to the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

Dumb idea.

The longer he stays in, the wider Mitt Romney's delegate lead becomes. As long as Gingrich and Santorum divide the conservative vote, Romney gets closer to being the nominee.

Gingrich continues to use his daughters to shill for him, which must be embarrassing for them on some level.

They can read the numbers like everyone else.

Here’s my question to you: What's Newt Gingrich up to?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

I believe he just wants to appear at the convention, give his speech and get more attention…maybe get a spot in a new administration if the Republicans win. He seems delusional about winning the presidency. But, if he drops out now, people will just forget about him. He is not thinking about the country, only his own selfish ambitions!

The main breeding season for newts is between the months of June and July-better known as the Republican convention. Many newts produce toxins in their skin secretions as a defense mechanism against predators– often with initials of MR, RS, or even RP. Newt is simply getting ready for the convention.

Newt is not stupid. He's actually a very astute politician who knows the Washington game and electoral politics as well as anyone. It’s possible the 'establishment' we keep hearing is telling Newt to pack it in, is privately telling him to stay in it and keep Santorum at bay.

David in Alexandria, Virginia:
Good afternoon, Mr. Gingrich. You know you can't win the general election. You also know that Santorum is DOA in November against Obama. So, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is keep running to deny Santorum the delegate count, get Romney into the front seat, and allow us our best chance at unseating Obama in the fall. As always, should you, Callista or any of your daughters get caught, the RNC will deny any knowledge of your activities.

Jenna in Roseville, California:
Jack, Newt knows he doesn't have a snowballs chance. What Newt is looking for is a nice cushy job in exchange for his delegates. He will not give them up until the Republican convention and we all know that he will make some backroom deal.

J.D in New Hampshire:
He's up to a couple of things. #1 is future book sales and speaking fees. #2 is a vendetta against Romney. It's a bit pathetic.

Richard in Rapid City, South Dakota:
What's a dog and pony show without the dog?

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soundoff (315 Responses)
  1. Annie, Atlanta

    Making sure Romney, not Santorum, wins.

    March 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  2. George in PA

    To borrow an old book title it's his "Last Hurrah". It's one more sign of weakness in the GOP that they can't gracefully get him off the stage an into some dignified role of senior statesman.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  3. Bill Weber

    Jack, you hit the nail right on the head about old "hoofers" not willing to admit it when they are "over the hill". Newt is a smart man (propably the smartest of the entire Repulican field), but when it comes to his own ego kicking in, the "smarts" have gone bye-bye.
    In another time and another place he might have been the one person the country was looking for but "Old Politicians" don't die, they just self destruct. Too bad.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
  4. John from Alabama

    Jack: Newt the Hoot from Georgia is just a show off. When Newt gets to the convention in Tampa he will release his delegates to vote their conscience. Newt will profess that he promised his supporters that he would stay in the race until the convention. Newt is finished with the Repiblican Race for president, but will not do a graceful exit.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
  5. Philip

    I am sure that you know nothing about the real reason Newt is staying in. A CNN blogger knows about as much about honest intentions as a MSLSD commentator knows about economics, politics, history, etc.......

    March 19, 2012 at 1:07 pm |
  6. cathy from Illinois

    He probably thinks he is "wearing down " people when he actually making people think that he is an idiot who wants to make a name for himself.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
  7. Paul From Austin Texas

    Newt is in it for one word POWER. He is a power hungry person that only cares for Newt. He is also a wheeler dealer. He wants to keep his delegate count to broker a deal for the VP spot. He is now running for VP that should be clear crystal clear.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:13 pm |
  8. Beth O'Connor

    Gingrich is staying in the race for a few reasons. Firstly, he is delusional. Secondly, the campaign trail allows him to hear the sound of his own voice (and there is nothing he likes better) whether he is talking about colonies on the moon or $2.50 gas. What really makes me fear for his sanity is the absolute conviction with which he speaks. Never have I heard such a pompous, overbearing, condescending speaker. Does he not hear himself? Can he not help himself? Does his wife not tell him "Stop, your are making an ass of yourself"? Finally, I think he despises Romney for all the negative ads which I am sure he believes is the reason he is not the top runner. He will stay in the race until the bitter end just to spite Mitt. What a petty, vindictive little Pillsbury Dough Boy he is!

    March 19, 2012 at 1:17 pm |
  9. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    Gingrich puts me in mind of an old magician with no new tricks who has seen his better day. He cannot get over the fact that his time has come and gone. The only thing that is keeping him in the race is his inflated ego. It is a shame that he is dragging his daughters through this race. But that is Gingrich only thinking about himself. No one believes Gingrich anymore even when he says he can bring gas down to $2.50 a gallon.the motto work back when he was speaker of the house but a lot of water went over the dam since then.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:20 pm |
  10. Bill of New Mexico

    Newt is either in a "state of denial," or Newt is gambling on a brokered convention.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:28 pm |
  11. Daniel Travis Parker Colorado

    You know its ridiculious. The fact that this stuff shows how far the GOP will waist good money for nothing. Heck I don't think they want Romney. Just that he has enough money to try to buy his way to the White House. Newt please give it up. Poor guy's beating himself up, and the GOP.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
  12. Ed from California

    Collecting money for his Super PAC. It's all about the Super PAC, Jack! Good job, Supreme Court......you bunch of hacks!!! The Supremes really need to be elected by the people and not appointed. The writers of the Constitution really blew that one!!

    March 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  13. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, surely you remember Newt Gingrich, the man whose ego wrote a check his behind couldn't cash back in the 1990's when he had John Boehners job. He's gambling that the GOP race will still be undecided once the convention rolls around. He's also betting that he will carry enough weight with the good ol' boys in the party that he will be called on to rescue the party. By the way, Sarah Palin is hoping for the same thing.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  14. Michael Bindner, Alexandria, VA

    His wife wanted him to keep fighting. He's trying to stay married. I suspect he knows its done, in his heart of hearts, but is unwilling to admit it to her and to himself. The book tour also still needs to get to California.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  15. Beth O'Connor-Canada

    More on Gingrich – I would really like to know how he can show his face after stating with his usual pompous, overbearing conviction that he was going to do well in the South only to lose to Santorum. This must have really been embarrassing for Gingrich because I get a strong sense that he feels he is intellectually superior to Santorum (mind you, he thinks he is intellectually superior to everyone). But somehow, he is able to return to the "stage" -more arrogant than ever- and continue to try to sell the 'I am going to win this thing' spiel. It really is amazing. I have heard some CNN commentators suggest it is pride that is keeping him in the race. Really? If he had an ounce of pride he would be long gone.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:39 pm |
  16. jk in MN

    Material for some more books or for his Marketing activities (ego fulfillment?)????

    March 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  17. Craig from Georgia

    He's up to no good for the rebulikkkans. I thanks him and the others running because as long as they keep talking, they will continue to paint themselves into the little xenophobic, bigoted corner in which they thrive.
    Gingrich only appeals to the rubes down here in the southeastern US.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:41 pm |
  18. JD in NH

    He's up to a couple of things. #1 is future book sales and speaking fees. #2 is a vendetta against Romney. It's a bit pathetic.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  19. David of Alexandria, VA

    Good afternoon, Mr. Gingrich. We know you love to run and love to expound on "big ideas." But, you know you can't win the general election. You also know that Rick is DOA in November against Obama. So, your mission, should you choose to accept it, is to keep running to deny Santorum of delegate count, get Romney into the front seat, and allow us our best chance at unseating Obama in the fall. As always, should you, Calista or any of your daughters get caught, the RNC will deny any knowledge of your activities. This response will self-destruct in 15 seconds. Good luck, Newt, Thanks for taking one for the team.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:43 pm |
  20. Tom in Desoto, TX

    I voted for Obama in '08 and will again in November regardless of who is republican candidate. I believe Newt should stay the campaign if for no other reason as to not have to look over my shoulder, peek out my bedroom windows, look around every corner, and be suspicious of everyone around, if Santorum was to be the candidate. McCarthy wasn't good for the 50's and Santorum isn't good for the 21st century.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  21. Richard Page Rapid City, SD

    what's a dog and pony show without the dog?

    Gingrich is to the Republican primary as the GOP is to the Obama administration. which is to say that by using distraction and blatant conjecture, Gingrich is knocking the leading candidates off their stride so nothing really gets accomplished.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
  22. Brad, Portland, OR

    It seems clear to me that he plans to cut a deal to become Vice President at the convention.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  23. Karl in Flint, MI

    Newt is either commitably delusional or he is secretly trying to destroy the GOP for what they did to him as House Speaker. One or the other. Unless the big elephants take him to an undisclosed location and explain that he needs to bow out graciously or he will be bowed out disgracefully. I am sure they have the means to do it if need be. I'm sure Newt has more dirt then we know and I'm also sure there are pictures.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  24. Doug Ericson

    Maybe Newt is trying to help Callista get ready for a run for a House or Senate seat. Newt will keep going untill he has to pay for himself. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    March 19, 2012 at 1:55 pm |
  25. Charley in New Mexico

    He is supposed to be a very intelligent man, and as such he should be able to see the position that he is in. One can only assume that he has strong personal reasons for remaining in the race. Be those reasons financial gain, or an overwhelming desire to be in the spotlight due to egomamia.....

    March 19, 2012 at 1:56 pm |
  26. jmyer

    I believe that he just wants to appear at the convention, give his speech and get more attention, maybe get a spot in a new administration if the republicans win.i He seems delusional about the possibility of him winning the Presidency, but if he drops out now, people will just forget about him. He is not thinking about the country, only his own selfish ambitions – and he needs a job!

    March 19, 2012 at 2:01 pm |
  27. Jenna Roseville CA

    What's Newt Gingrich up to?

    Jack, Newt knows he doesn't have a snoballs chance. What Newt is looking for is a nice cushy job in exchange for his delegates. He will not give them up until the RNC convention and we all know that he will make some backroom deal.

    Roseville CA

    March 19, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  28. Richard Texas

    Jack some people just like attention even if it is negative attention. Gingrich thrives on it and it will give him something else to write about when this is all over with. Personally i think he feels that since the republican party and voters refuse him as a leader then he is going to do what he can to blow the chances of any other republican running for president.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  29. Mr D

    Guess he will run until his wife tells him to quit. He is either trying to stack the deck for Mitt or living in the past. Probably both. Newt, the footlights are out.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:07 pm |
  30. RickFromDetroit

    Since it is quite obvious that Newt is not going to win enough delegates through the election process, I would have to guess that Newt, Rick, & possibly Ron are trying to triple team Romney and and cast their votes for Rick at the Convention. However, judging from the current delegate count they may still fall short of the necessary number of delegates needed.

    Corruption does not appear to have any limits in our government so there is nothing that our elected officials do that surprises me.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:11 pm |
  31. Larry Feierstein-Denver

    Here is my question Jack, why won't media members and others realize Newt is in this until the end for money. Its his future, no debt, book deals, tv shows, and a future at FOX. He does this because you (media) let him. Its like you are all afraid of him, but he will be there in Tampa, cause an issue or two and find his way out. Watch, come September he becomes a talk show regular and the book comes out right after Romney loses in November. How simple is this?

    March 19, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
  32. pat in michigan

    Ah,the consumate power broker. He is going to get his way or the presidency will go to President Obama.
    Gingrich is egocentric and destructive. He loves to foment discontent and doesn't care who the casualties are ,including the truth or the American people.
    I expect him to make the case that Romney can't win the south without him ,so he is angling for V.P.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  33. Olga O. Pina

    Newt and his Barbie Doll are up to promoting themselves. The Newt is too egotistical to see the way he is being the 'spoiler'...Oh, well.

    Austin, Texas

    March 19, 2012 at 2:18 pm |
  34. Carla from Alabama

    It's not what Newt is up to that worries me - it's how low he will stoop.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  35. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    He's spending Sheldon's money, and the money that he suckered out of desperate Rupublicans. A man with no shame apparently never knows when to quit.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  36. Joe - New York, New York

    The same thing he's always up to Jack. No Good!

    March 19, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
  37. Scott

    Reduced demand gets their attention. By driving less gas prices will adjust downwards. Industry, as well as federal and State governments, need gas sales on their books or they go broke.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  38. calaurore9

    He's working for Romney to get the nom so he will get to be Secretary of State?

    Carol in NoHo, Ma

    March 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  39. Loren

    Maybe Gingrich thinks that he can be Vice President or he thinks that what Santorum is selling is not good for the Republican Party or he thinks that Romney will lose and by sticking around he gains credibility as a campaigner. In any event, Gingrich hasn't quit and if the press would ignore him, he might just go away on his.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  40. Gary in San Jose, California

    Newt is pandering to Mitt Romney and the Republican establishment. He helps both by staying in the race and thus can expect some sort of reward. Only Rick Santorum benefits from Newt's exit. How does that benefit Newt?

    March 19, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  41. Ed from MD

    If that Grateful dead singer was still alive maybe he would sing him the line "please don't dominate the rap Jack (not you Jack, but Newt) If you got nothing new to say" ; Newt just helps to dominate the rap and crowd out opposition to the party line. With the help of the media focusing attention on him he crowds out other voices such as Ron Pauls.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  42. Peg in NY

    Newt is up to no good. Methinks he hopes to cause a snafu at the GOP convention.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  43. Gail, Plano TX.

    Don't know, Jack, and I don't care. Newt Gingrich stimulates my gag reflex, and that's about it. He is a pathetic, old man, with too much time on his hands!

    March 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  44. Gordo from NJ

    When I see Callista and Newt side by side, it's hard not to think of the old cartoon, Pinky and the Brain. And what was the Brain's daily objective? ..."to take over the world."

    March 19, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  45. Steve, NY

    What do all politicians want, it's power and recognition. If he drops out he has nothing, big blow to his ego.. This way he has something. Same reason Santroum is in. Ron Paul at least has a job. After all he's still a Congressman. If anybody should drop out, it's Ron Paul. He's the low man on the totem pole.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
  46. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Newt is taking advantage of his 15 minutes but is in all reality, now there's a good word for a professional politician, he's living in another world getting ready to launch is $2.50 gas plan to the moon where he and his wife and daughters will be living after the election. Actually, only God knows what Newt is really up to since Newt himself doesn't. I hope he goes all the way to the convention.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  47. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    He's showing America what it means to be like the real Reagan member of the GOP. I only hope he stays in until the convention so we can see just how dangerous these people are to our future.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  48. Pete in Florida

    Like Sarah Palin, Gingrich simply wants to stay in the public eye because it benefits him fanancially. If he were to drop out, the world would forget about him in just one news cycle, and his cash register would stop ringing.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  49. ken from connecticut

    Jack, Whats Newt Gingrich up to? It is obvious to state, that he is staying in the race for a reason. Why don't we just ask him? Or, we can make an educated guess, or an uneducated one if those that read this perceive that to be. Its obvious he is not going to get the nomination. One reason he is staying in the race is because his voice will be heard in the media and with the American people and with the republican party. I believe he thinks, by staying in, he will have a voice in forming the republican platform when Romney is nominated ( or Santoram an outside chance) (but not out of the realm of possibility) . Newt Gingrich will stay in the mix as long as he feels he has a positive say in the process and as long as he will not hinder a republican victory in November. He will stay to the end if necessary but only go as far as to promote, in his eyes, a positive republican campaign for a victory in November.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  50. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    Newt is up to what Newt has always been up to, and that is a full dose of Newt to satisfy his unquenchable ego for Newt.
    You gotta love the village idiot.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:53 pm |
  51. Ken in California

    I'm a no party voter' so without prejudice I view Newt as a very bright guy, but unfortunately, so self destructive.. The problem it is what he is up to his ears in.
    He and the party would have done very well without all that BS.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  52. Susan NJ

    We have had men run for President who had no desire to win such as Mc Cain. Why else would he have picked an unknown woman as a running mate? Now we have Newt Gingrich who seems to think he's Ronald Reagan in '80. Who knows maybe he will be-you don't know if you can win a race unless you run it. In the Olympics Benoit should not have been able to beat Greta Weitz but she did-she outsmarted her and out ran her. Maybe Gingrich can do the same.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  53. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    Newt's ego needs him to be at the convention where he can stir things up. It will make him a bit relevant in his last hurrah. And he wants to be a Romney spoiler. No love lost between those two.

    March 19, 2012 at 2:57 pm |
  54. jeff

    for me jack i am glad Newt is still here. This is the only chance America has. Hey but you guys keep reporting on the stooges. it is time for America to wake up. Can someone tell me where Santorum is a fiscal conservative and I can give you 10 why he is not. I dont even include romney only the insanely stupid believe he is a conservative.Santorum has denounced the tea party but they contunue to support him have they sold out also. Newt is not covered because change is not wanted in Washington only the managing of a decaying rotting system. I for one will vote for Newt even if i have to write his name on a ballot.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  55. John Altanta

    Booksales and a Fox tv show, like every other failed republican candidate.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  56. Shane

    I'm stumped. Is he trying to get a cabinet spot in a potential Romney administration?

    March 19, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  57. Man for Obama bowie md

    Newt is setting himself up for a 2016 run. He can see the writing on the wall just like everyone else, and he also knows that Romney will eventually be the (default) nominee, so he is trying to prolong Romney from getting the nomination as long as possible so Obama will defeat him handily. Once Romney loses, Newt is going to play the, I told you so game. He is going to explain why Romney should never have been the nominee and why if he had been chosen Obama would not be sitting in the White House for another four years. And thus begins Newts run for President in 2016

    March 19, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  58. rick atlanta

    He feels that Romney played dirty pool with him on negative ads and its payback time.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:08 pm |
  59. Boris in NYC

    Newt is being paid by Sheldon Adelson to stay in the race so that he can split the hypocrite vote with Santorum and Mitt can win. He's also doing a great job of exposing why allowing our nation's nobility to use our elections as their own vanity license plate is a bad idea. Sure, he's the only true conservative with a record of achievement in the race, but that doesn't matter because he is Newt Gingrich. He should've taken the advice of that voter at the beginning of the primary who told him to get out before he embarrassed himself and his party: it is now far too late.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm |
  60. Neba

    Gingrich thought that he could win the hearts of the tea party by throwing racist insults at Obama, it did not work. He became the shameless spokesperson for the Catholic church despite being a serial adulterer, it still didn't work. He should drop out now. He has no shame at all.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:10 pm |
  61. Louie Glaser

    As delusional as it is ironic, the safest place for Newt is in the Ring. Who does Newt crawl back to after his campaign against the "Elite Washington Insiders" ends? If he had any friends before the campaign began he doesn't anymore.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  62. Arthur G.....Haddonfield NJ

    Jack...I don't think he's up to anything. He's just got a bad case of denial.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  63. Ralph

    Interfere with Mr. Santorum aspiration of becoming POTUS

    March 19, 2012 at 3:14 pm |
  64. Mark

    He has one of the largest egos in captivity, so being followed on the campaign trail is appealing to him. He probably wants to be asked to be someone's running mate, so staying in the race gives him a chip to trade for that.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  65. Paul P.

    He may not be looking to win anymore, maybe he looking to leverage his position for a Vice Presidential nod, or a future cabinet post in return for stepping aside. Don't underestimate a politicians drive for self interest.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  66. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: Newt Leroy is promoting himself for after the election to land a job on "C" or "K" Street--and I would think that CNN would not be stupid enough to retain him again....what is he up to?--stupid is as stupid does.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  67. Paul

    The main breeding season for Newts is between the months of June and July – or commonly known as the Republican Convention. Many newts produce toxins in their skin secretions as a defense mechanism against predators often with initials of MR, RS, or even RP. Newt is simply getting ready for the Convention.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  68. The Choobs

    Newt is clearly staying in the race to position himself as the best possible VP candidate. Newt believes Romney is almost assured the nomination and that Romney will need a "true" conservative VP partner to placate the Tea Party (and stave off the chance of a third-party candidate in the general). Newt hopes to get the nod due to his Washington experience and leadership, political smarts and tenacity, an ability to fire up crowds with anti-media diatribes, and his popularity in the South, where (he posits) his name on the FL ticket improves Romney's chances greatly. Newt believes this will be his just reward for staying in the race to siphon off votes from Santorum. Backroom deal, maybe?

    March 19, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  69. CEllison

    I could've sworn there are 4 people in the race? Ahhhh why yes there is but you like so many others refuse to give Ron Paul any coverage. Good bad or indifferent he deserves the same respect and coverage you seem to give the other 3. Not sure you would appreciate being omiited by CNN would you? I think not.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  70. Andrew Batman

    Jack, Great Question, It's like Clash of the Titans, if he can't win, Release The Kraken!!!!! He can't use his PAC cash to pay his daily expenses, so when he runs out of money (why would anyone sent him money) He will need to get out his personal ATM. "The Tribe has spoken" Newt, "You are the weakest link, Good Bye!"

    March 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  71. raymond

    newt must be working on his last speech before his soon will be exit from the race or planning surprise attack on rick more than mitt.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  72. Susan UP of MI

    The only reason why Newt stays in the race is for EGO GRATIFICATION!
    If his ego was oil, the world would never run out.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
  73. Tyrone

    He is up to being stubborn. He reminds me of old atheletes that don't know when to retired. Your not getting any more rings, My Bad, DELEGATES. Clear out your locker, go home and enjoy your family.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  74. Pat Howells

    Hey Jack why should it bother anyone if Newt stays in. So be it! He stepped on so many toes when he was in, but the job was accomplished.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  75. Eric


    One word...........................EGO!

    March 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  76. John Murphy (Washington NC)

    I think it's obvious. Newt hopes to play kingmaker at the convention, offering up his delegates to whichever front-running campaign will offer him the best deal: VP, cabinet position, ambassadorship, etc.. This same strategy would allow him to make himself "available" in case of a deadlocked convention. As long as his "campaign" is being funded by the money behind his SuperPAC he has nothing to lose by staying in.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  77. lucy from houston

    Gingrich must be following the lead of his enormous ego, banking on a brokered convention that would make him the nominee. The Houston paper reports he's even considering Rick Perry for his VP. God help us.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:22 pm |
  78. TomInRochNY

    Welcome to the age of the Super PACs! If there was any more proof that money buys votes (or at least tries to), this is it. Newt knows he has no chance of winning, but he knows the longer he stays in the higher priced second place political gift he can buy himself. He might even get a higher limit at Tiffany's out of it.

    Tom, Rochester, NY

    March 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  79. ron paul 2012

    ron paul 2012

    March 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  80. Everyman

    The more free face time he can get during the nomination process, the more he can charge for his speeches and commentator roles on conservative issues once the nomination process is done. He's not stupid. The ones who finance him from this point on are the stupid ones.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
  81. Nelson from Boulder CO

    There are two explanations for why he would stay in the race. 1) He is too narcissistic to admit defeat. Or 2) Mitt Romney and the establishment are paying him to stay in so that Rick Santorum is not chosen as the Republican candidate.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  82. AmesIA

    What is he doing? – Duh! Promoting his next book deal with a national ego boosting tour – on someone else's dime no less.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  83. Everyman

    The more free face time he can get during the nomination process, the more he can charge for his speeches and commentator roles on conservative issues once the nomination process is done. He's not stupid. The ones who finance him from this point on are the stupid ones.
    Columbus, OH

    March 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  84. Reg

    No brainer. Just think of the campaign as his "book tour" or his "speaking tour"

    Newt is promoting Newt–it's that simple!

    March 19, 2012 at 3:24 pm |
  85. mgc6288

    Well first he's in denial. Think about it, he's been planning for a presidential run for longer than he consciously knew he was going to run and like all of us, giving up a life long dream is really hard. So from that point, cut some slack.

    Why is he going all the way? First, there's no guarantee that he actually intends to go "all the way" but when his presidential dream begins to dim in his eyes then he'll bow out. Kind of like the guy who really wants to take that hot lady out on a date who continuously turns him down. Can't take a hint because he's head over heels for the dream.

    Besides, at the convention he still may have a shot. Regardless of how a voter thinks of him, one thing that we can all agree on is that Gingrich is a really good speaker and probably the best of the four in debating against Obama.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  86. Phoenician (Phoenix, AZ)

    It's called spite - may not be the message he was intending to convey, but at this point it seems like the only thing keeping him going. If anything I'm reminded of the Costanzas from Seinfeld, which are the best example of why spite is really a rather underestimated motive . . .

    March 19, 2012 at 3:27 pm |
  87. CNN=Marxist

    This article is entirely moot. Via nationwide polls last week it was determined that gingrich votes would be split evenly betwee santorum and romney.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  88. Mike Summers

    Jack, I'm Canadian. And cannot vote in your election.

    I am watching this performance by the GOP and wondering how many Democrats they plan to get elected in November. Obama must be laughing to himself watching it too. He isn't a dummy (regardless what Republicans think) and must clearly see what the rest of the world sees.

    Newt is a worn out has been, and Romney is a man with money who has forgotten his families roots.
    Santorum can't stay on message, and Ron Paul is tolerated to retain his 10 or 12% support which the GOP "KNOWS" it needs in November as well.

    We are no better, but vision is 20/20 from here.

    Vanderhoof BC, Canada

    March 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  89. Joe

    Newt has an ego bigger than his Tiffany's account. He wants to put his name in nomination at the convention and make a speech in prime time that he hopes will make Romney's speech pale by comparison. It's all about him, not the party, not the country.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  90. Dennis - Upstate New York

    Newt is a believer in himself, always has been and will be. Even though publicly he shows discontent toward Mitt Romney, more so than toward Rick Santorum. I believe that Newt does not want a question in the mind of the Media who he believes will feed off from as to who the Republicans are backing. If that is to divide the delegates so that Santorum does not get close enough to question the Republican Primary. So be it, Newt is your man. Mitt Romney will be at the inauguration in Jan 2013 to become the next President of the United States. We had "Hope" but I now feel there is a need for Change!

    March 19, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  91. Kevin, Chester Springs, PA

    Well, I disagree with your basic premise that Newt is dividing up the conservative vote with Santorum. Recent polling data suggests that if Newt was not in the race, at least half of his votes would go to Mittens. So, in fact, by staying in the race, Newt is effectively keeping Mitten's delegate lower thereby reducing the likelihood of anyone winning the nomination before the convention. Not that I think Newt has a chance in an open convention. However, by staying in the race Newt is serving the well-deserved role as the "cheerful" thorn in Mitten's side.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  92. Brian, San Diego

    He's busy building up material for his next alternative history novel series: What if Gingrich had Won?

    March 19, 2012 at 3:29 pm |
  93. Rich

    Possibly looking for a VP selection. Better yet a show down at the convention.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
  94. LarryB

    Newt Gingrich cares only about Newt Gingrich – not the country, not his political party, not anyone else. He's a legend in his own mind.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
  95. Donaldo in ATL

    Simple, he is posturing to have influence @ the upcoming GOP Convention. He will have a stable of delegates which he can use to negotiate a deal (position) with party leaders. He might be able to walk away with all his debt paid, a book deal, a job offer or two, and become a spokesman for the Anti-Obama, Big Idea crowd. He is just being smart.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  96. inathens

    he knows about his numbers. He also knows that there's just enough turmoil to make things unpredictable. And he really likes himself and believes he has talent that others don't have. So in that turmoil, he believes something surprising will happen at the convention and he'll end up on top... because of his superlative talents.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:33 pm |
  97. Sugu

    Boston – MA
    May be Romney promised him to have him as VP on his ticket and hence he is continuing in race to help Romney.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
  98. Kidder

    Newt's a sly old dog, or just plain dumb. But if he is interested in keeping Mitt from the title, then the more votes he can claim between now and Florida means more votes he can give to Santorum. If he thinks hes thinking of ANYTHING else, then clearly he's not thinking.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  99. Chadwick Davis

    This all boils down to good, old-fashioned, stubborn pride. And thank goodness we see it now, because if "Candidate Gingrich" is too stubborn to acknowledge when he is so blatantly off-base, how hard would it be for "President Gingrich" to swallow his pride and do what's right for the country? My guess: Nearly Impossible.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  100. s.krishnamurthy

    LOL. Newt supports Santorum by making sure that the anti Romney votes remain anti romney. Newt supports Romney by giving an avenue for people who are anti santorum to remain anti santorum. So off they go to Tampa searching for the still elusive 1144. .

    March 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  101. Chris

    His ego is bigger than his head... San Diego, CA

    March 19, 2012 at 3:35 pm |
  102. Lee

    I agree Newt to continue to stay in the race. If there were only two options – Newt and Rick, I would prefer Newt. Rick is by far the dumpest amongst the four remaining candidates – he thought he knows everything and he thought he were God. Newt at least makes sense about foreign policy issues.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  103. Eric

    He hates Romney. He knows half of his supporters would vote for Mitt. He is staying in hoping to get to a brokered convention where anyone but Romney is nominated.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:37 pm |
  104. matt

    Yo...Newt... I like your debates but they cater to the south. Heck Im from the south but you cant get out of the south man.
    If you think your going to pull 2 of 3 delegates from Romney thats crazy. Throw you weight behind Santorum and then you might achieve that. Youve shot your wod bro..good try though.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  105. Chadwick Davis

    This all boils down to good, old-fashioned, stubborn pride. And thank goodness we see it now, because if "Candidate Gingrich" is too stubborn to acknowledge when he is so blatantly off-base, how hard would it be for "President Gingrich" to swallow his pride and do what's right for the country? My guess: Nearly Impossible.

    Chadwick Davis
    Boise, ID

    March 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  106. Bode

    He's up to no good....making trouble in the neighborhood..

    March 19, 2012 at 3:38 pm |
  107. A.E

    The Newt is in DENY ALL...

    March 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  108. Dave

    what do you want from a megalomaniac. He has always thought he was the smartest man in the room maybe the world, now he is proving he is one of the dumbest. Get out Newt,be a man.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  109. Muttee Murtala

    Newt is in a dilemma. He want to support Santorum against Romney because he is angry with Romney's dirty politics, but he also know Rick don't stand a prayer against Obama. That is why even with his political experience, he will need time to sought it out.
    Tampa, Florida

    March 19, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  110. Dave

    Simply put... he is a doomsday-er. If you shout loud enough and get enough attention then surely Jesus/elections will happen because you yelled/prayed louder than anybody else. Alas reality keeps flowing by and these people refuse to see the facts for what they are... until the day of judgement/convention arrive. P.S. I hear some Arizona ocean front property is going to become available in late December of 2012 if you are interested?

    March 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  111. Larry in Houston

    What's Newt Gingrich up to?
    Answer : Maybe he isn't as smart as he looks. Maybe his daughters don't know what embarrasment is, or what it means. You'd think since as long as Gingrich and Santorum divide the conservative vote, Romney gets closer to being the nominee, Newt would already Know That. Maybe he's "banking" on Mr. Perry's State, which has approx. 28 Million People, (not actually "Voting" People) Maybe Newt's thinking is : "After" Texas Votes, he would like to see IF he can Carry Texas. you think ? maybe he just likes the spot light, Jack.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
  112. Renee, Illinois

    Silly question. The ego has not yet landed.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  113. Ray Swierczynski

    Jack, can't you see he's a man of big ideas. He prescribes what the country desperately needs....like getting poor kids to clean up their schools....sending people to the moon to establish our next state.......creating jobs to fulfill the Gingrich's need for hairspray......turning people into paper for his Vega's sponsor. These are all important issues for the American people. Let's give this person his due. Jack.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  114. Carol - KY

    Maybe he would be happy being VP.........and the longer he stays on stage, the more support he may garner for the vice presidency............

    March 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  115. John Lake Charles, LA

    Jack, U.S. oil companies are already exporting gasoline because we don't use all the gasoline the oil companies are producing. There are plenty of markets overseas so there is no incentive to increase U.S. demand by reducing prices (the old supply and demand theory does not work in a world economy). We need more refineries to process more oil to produce enough gasoline so that, when the world demand is satisifed, excess gasoline production will result in lower gasoline prices around the world.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  116. Newt Gingrich JR

    The Newt is in DENY ALL....it's about time he starts ADMITTING.

    Wasilla, Alaska

    March 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  117. Steven Clippinger

    Don't pick on Newt! The longer he stays in the race the more he tells the public how crazy it would be to vote Republican Obama for President!

    March 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  118. Charlie

    Mitt should not have pulled the lion's tail with his dump of negative ads before the Iowa caucus. If Newt drops out, according to a recent poll, his votes would be split pretty evenly between Mitt and Rick. Since Rick can't make the total needed for a first ballot win, to stop Mitt, it's better for Newt to stay in and drain those votes that Mitt would've gotten. At a brokered convention, he can negotiate for VP with Rick and throw his delegates to Rick on the first ballot to stop Mitt. Rick could also offer Ron Fed Chairmanship to get his delegates.

    Stay in Newt. I'm with ya!!!

    March 19, 2012 at 3:43 pm |
  119. Garry B (from KY)

    Newt is smirking from his bloody pulpit!! He intends to make himself a kingmaker. I don't think that is actually going to occur even if he finds himself in the front row at the convention. He will continue to create a split in the votes that Santorum would otherwise get if he/Newt were to get out of the race. This way he creates divisiveness in the ranks between those who like Santorum and those who don't like, but, ultimately think Romney would have the better chance of defeating President Obama. Being a Democrat, I say to Newt – "stay in". You're just adding to the potential for some great entertainment at your convention!!

    March 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  120. Mike Bertrand

    Newt truly is ego-maniacal and this is his last time at the 'table'. The intelligence he professes is superficial and out-weighed by the character flaws showing up in this campaign. Whether you like him or not, it is very sad and hard to watch.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  121. Nunya

    Angling for power?

    March 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  122. Susan From Montana

    Either he's a sore loser and is relishing the fact that he can cause disparity in the delegates for the other candidates, or he feels he must keep going because of the millions in super pac money that has been spent on his campaign. whatever he is up too he needs to withdraw as soon as possible.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  123. Chris in Ithaca, NY

    I am not sure what Gingrich is up to because even he must know he cannot win. Maybe Gingrich is a shill for the Democratic party, which would benefit greatly from a brokered Republican convention. Maybe Gingrich dislikes Rick Santorum, because the only person Gingrich is hurting in pulling in votes is Santorum. Maybe Gingrich is the ego maniacal self centered fool who thinks he can win, even though it is a numerical impossibility. In any case, it makes for good entertainment, and since my vote will be going in a blue check box, I hope he keeps it up. I will even donate if he decides to run independent come the general election. Keep up the good work Newt.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  124. DaleW in MA

    The ONLY one that cares is Calista and that's for all the wrong reasons.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  125. Gigi Oregon

    Newt is the typical Republican, they just don't give up even when the people say, NO thank you. None of the Republican candidates have owned up to the mess the Republican party made in their eight years 2000-08. They keep on telling us what we want and we keep saying NO thanks. So let them fight it out, spending millionaires and billionaires money, what ever it takes...but President Obama is getting MY conservative vote.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:48 pm |
  126. Jim in Tennessee

    This system has never been sustainable into eternity. We simply are reaching the saturation point and this will have to be dealt with. It is not the fault of the middle class and poor.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  127. Tom Shoupe

    Newt and everyone else says his home state is GA. He lives in VA. Yes he did live here and represent Ga. So what. Stupid people of GA cannot see him for what he is and always will be. His ego will not let him bow out. He is hurting the party and the process. Scary thought of him in the Oval Office.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  128. Don Squires...St.John's .Newfoundland.Canada.

    Good question Jack.We all know he's got a ego,but really,how dumb are he's handler's??...and the back room brass at the
    GOP?? By him still being pretending to be a contender,reminds of a washed up gunslinger,that don't know it's time to hang up he's guns.....

    March 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  129. Jeff in San Diego

    He's hoping to stay in and get enough delegates to swap to Santorum for a spot on the ticket. I bet he'll do that when Romney has about 750 delegates and not wait until the convention like he says.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:49 pm |
  130. Fielding Mellish

    He obviously thinks he can be some kind of power broker at the convention. As always, he's delusional.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  131. Steve

    Newt Gingrich is part of the GOP machine doing whatever it takes to make sure Ron Paul doesn't win. He will stay in until there is a mathematical certainty that the Paul campaign can't win and then he will drop out and endorse Romney or Santorum. This year, it's the GOP vs. the incorruptible and inflexible Ron Paul.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  132. Corey

    If anything I think it is hurting Romney the longer Gingrich stays in. You say Gingrich is getting the conservative vote? Isn't the GOP the conservative vote? I would consider Gingrich and Romney the more moderate Republicans with Santorum being the full on social conservative. As a left leaning independent I can buy some of the fiscal conservatism's message. What I can't get on board with them is the social conservatism's message or the idea that we can only cut taxes. You can cut taxes only so far before there is nothing left. The right always talks about the lefts desire to spend spend spend and says that is the reason for our deficit. They are partly right. But what they fail to realize is even thought they are against spending non the less it was approved. And they still have the cut cut cut mentality. That just a s much as the spending is why we have the deficit we have. It's like a family went to a restaurant and the dad doesn't want to pay the bill because he doesn't like what his kids ordered.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:51 pm |
  133. Ricnj

    Designing a new oil rig that will suck the oil out from below the Middle East.
    It will be located in Georgia somewhere.
    Just being silly somewhere as usual.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
  134. Hawk in Texas

    feeding his elephant size ego.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  135. Paul - North Carolina

    I've never been a fan of conspiracy theories but does anyone else think there might have been a deal between Newt and MItt all along. Romney knows he'll never be accepted by the extremist conservatives in the party so he needs Newt to siphon those votes away from the other candidates. Then shortly before the convention, even though he has bashed Mitt relentlessly, Newt will have an epiphany and endorse Romney. If Romney wins the general election Gingrich gets a major cabinet post, like Secretary of State. Don't think it couldn't happen. After all these are Republicans we're talking about.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  136. Randy Griffiths

    Newt's a smart guy, Jack. I suspect he knows that Santorum's a nut, so he wants to help out Romney and he also knows that dropping out and endorsing him won't help much either.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  137. Aletheya

    Jack, you already know the answer, it's obvious. He wants to play kingmaker at a brokered convention. He knows he can't win, but he can deny Romney the prize, at least until the convention. Polls show his delegates would not all go to Santorum, they would split about evenly with Romney. If Gingrich gets out, it will actually help Romney more than Santorum. Newt is playing shrewd politics, and besides that, he simply despises Romney.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:53 pm |
  138. Teaparty01


    Please don't be so obtuse.

    It is onlt the Rockerfeller, Javits , Dole , Bush, McCain elites who want Romney. The rest of us want nothing to do with Romney and on Election day we will vote for neither the Republcan nor Democrat POTUS candidate. We don't want either of them.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  139. Steven

    Newt is not stupid. He's actually a very astute politician who knows the washington game and electoral politics as well as anyone. Its possible the 'establishment' we keep hearing about telling Newt to pack it in is privately telling him to stay in it and keep Santorum at bay. Think its impossible that Newt is out on the campaign trail blasting Mitt Romney left and right with the sole purpose of his campaign being to undercut the Santorum vote and ensure a Romney victory? I don't. Two things are certain here: 1) Newt is not in this race to become president of the United States 2) Newt absolutely intends to get something out of his campaign efforts, be it VP, cabinet post, secretary of state, money, political favors. Whatever it is he knows what he's doing, and I bet he prefers it that no one else seems to know why.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  140. iadadman

    What's he up to? It seems pretty obvious at this point. For one, Newt is just having fun getting attention and being 'important.' But the real meaning behind what he's doing is probably the exact opposite of the conventional wisdom. I don't believe the 'GOP establishment' wants Gingrich out and you say why right here in the article.

    "As long as Gingrich and Santorum divide the conservative vote, Romney gets closer to being the nominee."

    March 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  141. W. M.

    His gambling tycoon financial benefactor does not want Santorum to win. So.. Gingrich must stay in to syphon off Santorum votes so Romney becomes the nominee.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  142. Sbul

    He is up to what he's always been up to, namely back room political deals trying to usurp power through the "back door" back room channels. He is a power hungry power broker that just wants more power and money. There's lots of money even in losing an election as his fancy dinners out with his trophy wife are funded by his re election committee or one of the several "pro Gingrich" committees that he funnels his (and other's) money through to avoid paying taxes on his income. That is what Newt is up to – same ole same ole power grab and a free lunch to boot.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  143. steve

    He'll stay in the race as long as there is money to support the life style he and his wife enjoy. When the bucks stop, so will he.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  144. Camille

    I think he is staying in so the Santorum will Loose to Romney. Once Romney is the nominee Newt will ask him for his dream job and if Romeny says no...Then Newt will get his revenge against Romney because he caused Romney to spend all his precious money just to loose tp Obama....If Romey gives him his dream job then he will get his revenge against the Washington Republicans who threw him out of power. All that plus his book sales...Its a win, win for the man. What else would a political animal like him do? Getting out and sitting on the sidelines is not in his best interest.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  145. Dave

    Newt Gingrich appears to be a very angy man who petulantly holds onto his tenuous position in the race to become the Republican nominee because Mitt Romney hurt his fellings early in the race. Imagine what might happen if a President Gingrich became offened by the Iranians or the Koreans. We would be in another war due only to presidential petulance.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  146. bcc

    ego,simply ego.if it hit him in the side of his head he wouldnt know it..I thought he was an intelligent man...

    March 19, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  147. Robert

    It's quite clear that somebody very high up is paying to keep Gingrich in the race as long as possible, so as to leech votes off of Santorum and insure Romney takes the nomination. Gingrich is smart enough to know what effect his remaining in the race is having on Romney, and its clear he doesn't care. Or has a reason not to care.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  148. Mike in Minneapolis

    My guess is anything Sheldon Adelson tells him to.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:58 pm |
  149. Burbank from CA

    Newt is a narcissist. He's addicted to attention and his addiction also makes him blind. Palin essentially did the same thing when it was her turn to sit down and shut up. Even though it was becoming an embarassment to the party, she just wouldn't leave things alone. At least now she has a job hate mongering for Fox, so she doesn't need the campaign spotlight to keep her addiction going.

    If anything, Newt should be the one to be on Fox, as least what he has to say involves actual thinking.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  150. Lisa fronm Long Island

    Whats Gingrich up to? He's PISSED! We all saw Romney carpet-bomb him with negative ads in IOWA when Gingrich still had a chance. Its almost UNamerican, watching Romney win like that. Almost feel sorry for Gingrich and Santorum. ALMOST, but not too much.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  151. Wendy

    Gingrich is hanging in there to prevent Santorim (True Conservative) from running heat to heat with Romney. Santorim would be in first place if Gingrich and Paul dropped out. Now there will be a deadly battle at the GOP Convention floor. It should draw more attention than a WWE Raw or Smackdown Pay Per View.

    March 19, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
  152. Cee.Louisiana

    Today he is in my neck o the woods, Shreveport, Louisiana....... he is meeting and greeting at a wonderfull eatery named Strawns, and i am sure he has a plan to spin on cheap gas at a new Moon location.....he is just like "Chicken litter' that farmers use as fertilizer,on pasture land....... the smell never goes away........neither does Newt.......

    March 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  153. Ed Zuckerman

    I think it is strange that more people aren't looking into the Adelson angle to provide an explanation for Newt's behavior. Adelson has provided boatloads of money to keep Neat's campaign afloat. Adelson has also openly stated that he is open to supporting Romney, not Santorum, if Newts doesn't get the nomination.

    It makes total sense that Newts wouldn't want to take the logical approach of dropping out and endorsing Santorum, because doing so would put him at odds with at least one of his major donors. If he alienates the donors, how will he pay for the line of credit at Tiffany's and dinners out at trendy Washington restaurants after the campaign is over?

    March 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  154. mkay*

    Just stay in and may be the next oil czar in a republican adminisration,he is the guy you know that will bring gas back to 2.5ocent a gallon.The problem with that is he will have to wait four more years for such an opportunity.If the American people will want to ever give the white house to a party with narrow and crazy vision.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:01 pm |
  155. Conor in Chicago

    Gingrich is looking out for his own future. The longer he stays in the race the more he can jack up his speaking fees in the immediate future. In addition to that, the more delegates he racks up the more he can swindle the eventual nominee to appoint him to a cushy post should they become President. I’d imagine Ambassador to Israel would be among his first choices. In the end you’d have another fine example of a career politician putting himself first all so they can draw a government check for doing minimal work while railing against the excess’ of government.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  156. Kevin - Maryland

    He's cementing his position in Santorum's cabinet. Its politically a smart move by him since there's no way Romney gets enough delegates (especially from the remaining Southern states).

    March 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  157. Brian Sime

    As strange as this sounds, Newt Gingrich is holding on to dilute the conservative vote and weaken Rick Santorum which would allow Mitt Romney to win the nomination. His reward? To become Romney's VPand give broad appeal to conservative and more middle of the road republicans in the election against Obama. It won't work, though. There is too much division within Republican rank & file to ever think they could beat Obama.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:02 pm |
  158. mb2010a

    Gingrich is in it for the money just like Palin was. He may be hoping for a VP offer that will never come...he would love to VP.
    Never gonna happen...

    March 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  159. Yoda

    Newt is stealing Santorum's votes to get a job in the Romney Administration

    March 19, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  160. Ed Zuckerman

    I think it is strange that more people aren't looking into the Adelson angle to provide an explanation for Newt's behavior. Adelson has provided boatloads of money to keep Newt's campaign afloat. Adelson has also openly stated that he is open to supporting Romney, not Santorum, if Newt doesn't get the nomination.

    It makes total sense that Newt wouldn't want to take the logical approach of dropping out and endorsing Santorum, because doing so would put him at odds with at least one of his major donors. If he alienates the donors, how will he pay for the line of credit at Tiffany's and dinners out at trendy Washington restaurants after the campaign is over?

    March 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  161. Jeff In Minnesota

    Haven't you figured it out Jack? Newt's out to spoil Rick Santorum's run for the Presidency. That and the fact that Newt's over sized ego just won't accept the fact that the electorate doesn't like him or his message. $2.50 a gallon gas? A habitable moon base in 8 years? Really? I guess pigs fly in Newt's world.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  162. Ben

    I think it's a brilliant move. By extending the primary season, the media is more focused on republicans, which most pundits say may benefit them in the general election. At the same time, if he can help Santorum pull enough delegates away from Romney and the convention is brokered, he can use his delegates as leverage to get a cabinet post or maybe even VP.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
  163. Pat

    Why should Newt quit. He is still getting 5% of the vote. hahahaha

    March 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  164. dick delson

    Newt Gingrich is America's most corrupt politician since Tricky Dickie Nixon...and we all know what he did.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  165. Chip

    He's addicted to the limelight almost as much as he's addicted to chasing women.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:05 pm |
  166. lindaglenn

    Jack one could hope he go home!

    March 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  167. Siara Delyn

    I think the extreme right wing of the Republican Party has honestly lost track of the world of numbers and logic. He thinks that he will get elected if God hears his prayer.

    Think: Stone Age religion.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:06 pm |
  168. Wendy MacArthur

    What is Newt up to? Newt is succeeding in driving the media narrative AND getting under Obama's skin, hammering home the reason for skyrocketing gas prices. The president has been on defense to Newt's offense...4 speeches and a press conference and he is STILL losing the war. Newt is pointing out with a precision carving knife, that Obama and his Secretary of anti-energy, Dr. Chu, are choosing ON PURPOSE to block all American energy development that they can, to further their goal of weaning America off of fossil fuels as quickly as possible, while advocating for alternatives, that are decades away from being meaningful energy sources. Meanwhile the president is out on the trail touting all the oil drilling that is being done in the U.S. (that ironically he couldn't stop because it is on private land!). Newt single-handedly dissects the President's energy speeches, points out the hypocrisies and has the American people focused on an AMERICAN Energy Plan which would be a huge economic booster and important to our National security.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:07 pm |
  169. Landon

    Logan, Utah

    I myself don't hold a very high opinion of Newt, but he's certainly not as dumb as some people think he may be. I'm quite certain that a man with his resume–even as a historian–knows his basic math. I see a man that's not fighting for the presidential bid for himself anymore, but rather is fighting for the VP spot on the ticket. If he drops out, no matter how much of a boost Santorum would receive, it would undoubted give at least a couple more percentage points to Mitt, meaning more delegates before the convention. No matter how much Santorum closes the gap, if Newt dropped now, Mitt would likely get his 1,144 delegates. In fact, a recent poll shows Newt supporters would split quite evenly between Rick and Romney if Newt dropped. So Romney could possibly be the benefactor either way you look at it. It also seems that Rick and Gingrich have been quite soft on each other as of late. The only thing Rick has asked of the former Speaker is that drop out, but that may just be for show while they have a more private underlying plan that, once the convention comes around, Newt will drop. That way he will have stolen enough delegates from Romney to keep the spot open. Then he'll fully endorse Santorum, and may even hint a VP spot, swinging most of his own delegates Rick's way, while also having both Newt and Rick trying to persuade delegates to ditch Romney and join the conservative tea party. Will it work? Unlikely. But it's probably the best shot anyone has to boot Romney before his head-to-head with Obama. We may never know, if Romney gets his delegates anyway.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  170. Mark

    With most delegates being given proportionally this time, the old dynamic of "getting out of the race" really don't apply, no matter how much the media or political establishment would like them to.

    In the past, if Gingrich split Santorum's vote, he would be costing him hundreds of delegates. This time, there is little difference between dropping out now and letting those votes/delegates flow to Santorum, and making a deal at the convention to push those delegates to another candidate.

    The most likely motivation is power. If he can get to the convention with neither of the other two at their delegate goal, he can be the kingmaker and broker the best possible deal for himself.

    Then again, its also possible he just doesn't believe in Santorum and is staying in to keep opposition to Romney from consolidating, but I doubt it.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  171. Dave, Orlando, FL

    Same thing he’s always up to – no good.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  172. Mohammad, Los Angeles, CA

    Since everyone is comparing his candidacy to the Sixth Sense, he's probably heard the movie has a twist ending and hopes that his campaign has a surprise ending too. The most obvious solution here is to have one of his staffers show him the movie.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:09 pm |
  173. Patriot

    Newt will throw his delegates to which ever of the two front runners (Romney or Santorum) will give him the best deal, like cabinet or an ambassadorship. All rather silly though, since the Republican candidate, which ever one, will be going down to the biggest defeat in American history.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  174. LaVerne

    Don't know what Newt's problem is but I am loving every minute of this fiasco with the Republican candidates. Their antics and back-biting each other is beyond comical. I hope Newt keeps up the good work because we Democrats are loving the entertainment. Don't know when I've had better laughs.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  175. Illeagle-j1

    Some people find it hard to take rejection, but Ginrich takes it to a whole new level. He simply shuts his eyes and tells himself it does not exist. Come to think of it That is a great quality for either a president or a mental patient. Actualy, both are the same

    March 19, 2012 at 4:10 pm |
  176. Jerry in Alaska

    As a converted catholic so he could marry his now wife, it could be possible that Newt has plans of converting to moronism, so he can maybe Romey's bed fellow in hopes of replacing OUR christian muslim choosen one messiah.

    Really jack, who cares what Newt is up to when we are faced with the desolator of America every day.
    Better yet what is our desolator up to this MINUTE, all of which ain't gonna be good?

    March 19, 2012 at 4:11 pm |
  177. David Spears

    Who knows Jack? He was forced to resign as Speaker of the House eons ago, and now he wants to be the prez? Yeah – that's not gonna happen! Dumb idea indeed!

    David from Dallas TX

    March 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  178. Phil in KC

    I have no clue what Newt is doing and I'm not sure he does either. Maybe he's looking for a brokered convention.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  179. Riley - Seattle

    Newt is the Grinch Who Stole Christmas and Ebeneezer Scrooge rolled into one. If he can't be the president-elect come Christmas day, he's determined that neither Romney not Santorum will be either. He's that little kid on the block we all grew up with who threatened to take his bat and ball home if he couldn't be pitcher. He revels in attention for attention-sake, and thrives on controversy and criticism like nobody else. Grow up Mr. Gingrich!

    March 19, 2012 at 4:13 pm |
  180. Kenneth Krieger

    If Satourm makes a big mistake Newt could dance again. Why has the liberal media including CNN lost so many viewers? Kenneth Krieger Cape Coral, Florida

    March 19, 2012 at 4:16 pm |
  181. Peter

    Newt is trying to play a dirty game that has never happened at the GOP convention. If the candidates make it there without a clear winner in terms of the minimum delegates for winning the party nomination, all hands are off on the second round of voting and he's hoping to shift the power at that vote by politicking. At a minimum he can lobby for a more powerful position (a la VP) when the leadership of the party comes down to one vote. At the max who knows, Palin or Newt or anyone else can work their way into the lead.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  182. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    If his daughters are still shilling for him, then obviously they don't seem to get the message everyone's been practically yelling at him...that it's time for him to pack his bags and head back to Georgia. What he's up to is anyone's guess. Possibly he's hoping for a brokered Convention in which he could still get the nomination.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  183. Alfred the Great

    Here's my answer to you Jack. Who really cares? gingRICH will not be the GOP = GREEDY OPPOSITION PARTY nominee not in 2012, 2016, or 2020. Adelson make continue to back him, but gingRICH never had a shot to begin with. His short lived accomplishment as an off/on front runner was only due to the fact that all the candidates in this field are so weak.

    RoMoney is running his campaign as if it were another hostile takeover. Amassing delegates along the way without ever connecting to the voters. His only real smashing victory so far has been in Puerto Rico where voters can't vote for president.

    gingRICH should bargain for a speaking slot at the convention, then pack his bags, fold his tent and return to Virginnia where he couldn't even get on the ballot.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:18 pm |
  184. andy Lynn, MA

    Watching the Republican road show called the Republican Primaries, all I can determine is that theDisgraced Speaker of the House has forgotten he was excommunicated from Congress. Is Newt having a half year senior moment? Has his decades younger wife addled his brain? Or is he still the same nasty, hateful Newt that declared war on America's poor, ill and elderly through his contract with America/

    March 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  185. JC in SC

    Well. It's his last hoorah. Nothing more. Nothing less. And with that and $2.50, he can't even buy a gallon of gas, poor guy.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:19 pm |
  186. JC in SC

    Oooooooo Paul in North Carolina. Say it isn't so!

    March 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  187. Carol, Washington

    What's Newt up to? It's as plain as the hand in front of your face, Jack– book sales and contracts!

    March 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  188. John McConnell

    The "Newter" is on an ego trip. Plain and simple. He wants to be relevant again.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  189. Steven D

    Jack: Who cares we know he cant make it. As for Ron Paul he is on a mission. Cant you all at CNN recognize that by now?

    March 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  190. Lois from Atlanta, Ga

    What is Newt up to? SELLING HIS BOOKS. and living it up on someone else's dime (Adelson)

    March 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  191. Mary, Pennsylvania

    Newt is still in for the same reason he started his run, it is to sell books and he still has some to sell.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  192. Bob D.

    I think Newt will stay in the race until Rush Limbaugh gets kicked off the air. Then Newt will cut a deal to replace Rush Limbaugh. Plain and simple he needs the attention.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  193. Dave

    It's a no-brainer. Gingrich simply can't accept that he's lost the nomination to the two bozos now in the lead.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  194. Terry

    The real question is what is Romney up to? How much is Romney paying Gingrich to stay in the race and keep votes AWAY from Santorum?

    March 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  195. Bill Wimmer, Delaware

    Maybe he wants Joe Biden's job??

    March 19, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  196. Jim

    Just maybe Mitt has promised a significant position in the Romney administration if Newt will stay in the race.

    Jim, Boise, Idao

    March 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  197. Fernando

    Gingrich reminds me of the Pillsbury Doughboy float in the movie Ghostbusters. Too big to ignore, apparently frightening and dangerous in some absurd way, but totally innocuous and laughable. All he's managing to do by staying in the race is to help the fragmentation of the Republican party and help the re-election of Obama.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  198. Tom from Des Moines

    He wants to be tied to the main mast as the Republican ship goes down. Call him Ishmael.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  199. Irish Seanachie from Maine

    Gingrich has nothing better to do than run for the political office of President, it beats him trying to get a real job. Some say that Gingrich doesn't have a clear view of reality,..... Prove to me that the other Republicans don't suffer from the same illness? Slainte !

    March 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  200. Dean O'

    Not to be cynical Jack...but Newt is out to sell...Newt. Newt's books, Newt's documentaries, all things Newt. We are paying for his retirement, and I bet it will include good healthcare coverage!

    March 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  201. lynnej in nc

    Mr. Gingrich is in it just to be messy. There is no other way to put it. If he can't have it, Santorum can't either which we know would be a much closer race if he weren't in it.

    It has just become ridiculous to say the least.

    The political system we have is nothing more than a laughing stock to the world.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  202. Wes

    Jack, it is likely hubris keeping Newt Gingrich in the race. He is getting ready for a grand fall.

    Wes- Virginia

    March 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  203. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Newt is picking up a Herman Cain "999" strategy. Herman Cain knew that he could never be nominated and ultimately elected as President of the United States but the Republican party primaries gave him an excellent platform to disguise his real objective to sell books under the guise of a run for the White House. Newt , like Herman Cain, is a very intelligent man and knows his chances to win the Republican party nominee are slim to none, but he also knows that the Republican primary process makes for good material to include in his upcoming book.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  204. Ethan

    Newt is staying in because he wants to feel needed (by someone). He just doesn't know when to sit down and shut up. He spurts the same old speech every time he goes out and none of it makes any sense. He has always been in love with the spotlight. Now even that is fading. I just wish he would.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  205. James - St Petersburg FL

    It's a larger conspiracy. Think about it Jack, the bulk of the Republican Party has moved to the far right which is a great distance from where Mitt Romney stands in their eyes. The Republican establishment knows this but also realizes that a far right candidate could never win a general election. Having a Rick Santorum and Newt Gingrich fight over the conservative votes allows Mitt to capture the majority of delegates right under their nose. Why would Santorum pick a fight with Puerto Rico over their language of choice right before their primary? .......unless he has no real desire to win. Why would Newt Gingrich stay in way past his welcome? This also will build into a bigger narrative in the Fall when Mitt Romney will walk away from the GOP primary as the "Moderate Candidate". The GOP has always and will always walk in lockstep, this election is no different.....except for the strategy of course!

    March 19, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  206. deborah ballweg Seibert, co

    He wants to be a king maker and that is his right. Your only problem is that you don't want Romney to beat your man Obama. Your campaign against him is quite obvious.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  207. Barbara in Sherman Oaks, CA

    What he's up to, on a scale of 1-10 in terms of ego, is around 11 and a half, Jack. His sense of self-importance has long outlived any point there is to his remaining in this field of delegates...the only other reason there could possibly be is if HE can't be the conservative, take-us-back-to-the Dark Ages-candidate, then he dosen't want senseless Santorum to get to take us there, either...any way you cut it, though, this show's been worth the price of admission, especially since I know that neither Romney nor Ricky nor the Newt will be our President after the 2012 elections...oh, and not Ron Paul, either.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  208. Ken

    It's the ego Jack!

    March 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  209. Danny

    He's thinking 2016. He knows Obama will be re-elected this year, and he's smart enough to see that Mitt and Rick are making themselves look like fools.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  210. Max San Antonio

    Who Cares!

    March 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  211. David Wenbert

    As the most qualified and experienced candidate in the race, Speaker Gingrich is leading the party into an open convention, in which, he hopes, a more legitimate candidate than Romney or Santorum can be nominated, whether it is Gingrich himself, or, more likely, someone else. Since neither Romney nor Santorum has any hope of defeating President Obama in the general election, Gingrich is right to force a brokered convention at which a better ticket can be assembled. Sen. Tom Coburn and Rep. Paul Ryan would be such a ticket, with the intellectual heft and steadfastness of purpose to actually do something about the debt crisis that both parties have been plunging us headfirst into for decades.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  212. Dion

    Jack I think Newt is in Cahoots with Romney..(Can someone say Secretary of State!)

    March 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  213. Lonzie Medina (Honolulu, Hawaii)

    Well we ARE talking about a very selfish guy that took payoffs from Freddie Mac in the 90's at the rate of $30,000 dollars per hour, was trying to impeach Bill Clinton for having an affair, while he was having one with his congressional aide an now wife, wanted an open marriage, was found of violating over 70 ethics rules while speaker of the house and blames the media for all his problems..... We can't exactly expect him to think of someone else and bow out of the race gracefully now can we???

    March 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  214. Tom Darby

    Every author knows the answer. Where else can he get all the free media time to sell his books. Where else can he get donated money to travel and sell his books.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  215. Chris - Clayton, NC

    Surely Newt Gingrich thinks that in a contested convention he is a smarter and tougher backroom player than Romney or Santorum. He's staying in the race because he believes that if Romney can't win it outright, the powers that be at the GOP convention will be convinced to turn to him as the only candidate among those left standing who it makes sense to put up against President Obama.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  216. Aly in Seattle

    You say "the longer he stays in, the wider Mitt Romney's delegate lead becomes." So is that a problem for you? Is this your way of saying that you are personally against Mitt Romney getting the Republican nomination? Is that bias in the media, or what? I don't now what Gingrich is thinking, but I can hear what you are saying loud and clear.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  217. Jerome from Louisville

    Gingrich simply has a vendetta against Romney that began in Iowa with Romney's negative adds. He is furious with Romney for claiming that Gingrich had to resign in disgrace when he was Speaker of the House, and that Gingrich was a lobbyist for Freddie Mac (and he was). Gingrich is willing to throw his country under the bus due to a personal grievance with Romney.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  218. Mary

    Given enough rope, Newt will always hang himself.
    Duluth GA

    March 19, 2012 at 4:27 pm |
  219. wade from texas

    the only way newt can stay in is money. evidently the money behind him fears a santorum win.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  220. John

    I agree Newt should exit the race and save some face but I can see his strategy and it just may work. Give Santorum a 1 on 1 shot at Romney in Illinois, hope Romney posts a big win, then claim that Santorum isn't capable of beating Romney 1 on 1 and that Newt isn't harming Santorum's chances. Then pray that Newt and Santorum can muster just enough delegates to deny Romney the nomination prior to Tampa. Newt clearly doesn't have the votes from the American people but he believes he can win a brokered convention where a select few will nominate the candidate.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  221. Allen Monday

    Newt think's he can vie for a political appointment after a Republican win in November. Ambassador to lala land I suspect.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  222. Phil

    I have said this for months. Long before his first go at front runner status. Long before the ex wife interview. And I still say it today: Newt Gingrich will be the GOP nominee. His $2.50 gas plan is absolutely perfect for the masses. He will get the Christian vote once Santorum drops out, for whatever reason yet to be announced. Do I want this? Heck no! He is total vermin, Globalist scum. His writings on eugenics are abhorrent. Ron Paul is the ONLY hope for civilization. But the nominee will be Newt Gingrich, mark my words. He will then go on to lose to Obama. It is fate.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  223. michael schanz


    The question is, who has the better chance at brokering the convention, Paul or Gingrich? If Gingrich, then why not talk about Paul leaving? Santorum is not so far ahead of Gingrich in absolute numbers. If Romney can,t convince would Santorum absolutely be the alternative? I think that Gingrich is still a pretty solid dark horse candidate.

    Michael, Montreal, Canada

    March 19, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  224. Mack from Michigan

    Newt is settting himself up for a long and prosperous run making huge speaking fees on the fear,hate, and paranoia circuit. He's clever enough to see that losing in 2008 was a real good deal for Sarah Palin and he's seen how prosperous the hate industry has been for hannity,beck and Jabba's brother Rush the hut. It takes money to be the center of the universe and Newt sees where his future lies.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  225. yuri

    An enchanting and enticing espresso or latte coffee, perhaps, can be a simile. Staying in the race is like "good to the last drop" for Newt.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  226. Dude

    Newt is a historian. He'd love a footnote in history. Can he make history is by taking his delegates all the way to the convention and brokering them for a VP slot or cabinet position? Can Gingrich determine the outcome of nominating process by shifting his delegates to Santorum or Romney at the convention?

    March 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  227. Douglas A. Torok

    Why concern yourself, GOP division & distraction serves BHO & democrats, they should be saying 'thank you, can we have some more!

    March 19, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  228. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    He's the male counterpart for Sarah ... thinking 'all press is good press'. They never learn.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  229. Mike Mieczkowski

    I'll tell you what Newt is up to, he's doing everything he can to get himself a vice presidential spot with the Romney team. He knows and has known that the skeletons in his closet would never allow him to be president so he's running as Spoiler in Chief for the Romney campaign. His wife, not, him has enough ambition oozing from that hurricane hairdo of hers to choke an elephant, pun intended. Romney has the best campian management money can buy and they know they have a weak candidate so they need all the help they can get.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  230. Mike from Calgary

    Gingrich knows that with Romney and Santorum, the REPUBLICANS DON'T HAVE A PRAYER IN NOVEMBER!

    Gingrich is there to pick up the pieces, as he did back in the 80's to take control of the House!

    March 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  231. Allen

    Maybe Newt think's he can vie for a political appointment after a Republican win in November. Ambassador to lala land I suspect.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  232. NewJerseyFran

    Jack, there are a number of reasons: He must get even with Mitt Romney; He wants to be a spoiler and kingmaker; He wants to prove he's still viable; He must show of Callista; He's looking for a spot on the Cabinet and will use his delegates as wagers.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  233. Alger Dave

    It's probably already been said, but he's probably going to use his delegates at the convention to swing some deal for himself. The most likely scenario is that Newt gangs up with Santorum and beats Romney in the end. Simple.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  234. Douglas from Tennessee

    Why doesn't Newt and Ron Paul leave the Republican Party and start a 3rd party??? Why can't we have 3 parties instead of 2?

    March 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  235. Jesse

    To satisfy his craving for attention, even if it is negative attention. Jack, I once heard some words of courage from you about how the media is ignoring Ron Paul and that should be remedied. Please show that courage once again and report on how Ron Paul is winning MUCH more delegates than the MSM is reporting. Believe me, I am a state delegate in Iowa and Ron Paul is doing VERY well here with delegates. He will get more than is reported.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  236. marybeth, massachusetts

    I have no idea. It's one way to feed his voracious ego. Maybe he hasn't run out of money yet, or his donors haven't given up on him yet. Or maybe he's planning to be the fly in the ointment at the convention in Tampa. With Newt, the only one who knows is Newt, and even I'm having doubts.

    It really doesn't matter–the primary season will go on until one of the candidates gets the required 1144 delegates, or, falling short of that, some kind of backroom deal is made in Tampa re who gets to be the nominee for the general election. Romney is the one the establishment wants, but obviously enough of the republican voters are not happy with the heir chosen for them by the establishment–they're still searching, and that's why Santorum and Gingrich are still in it.

    And maybe Newt is holding out for some kind of political buyout or role–like VP or something like that–he still wants control, and if he can be enough of a spoiler, he'll probably get it.

    Or, he's holding out because it's making a lot of money for him–speaking engagements, book deals, his own show on the GOP News Network (Fox). There's some kind of payoff–if there was no benefit, Newtie would have been long gone.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  237. don

    I'm not sure he's that smart. Professorial types lecture from a prepared text and steer the line of discussion to what they know. Newt gets mad or irrational if someone questions his logic. I think his font-of-ideas-with-no-follow-through
    approach is better suited to a campaign strategist or policy advisor role but Karl Rove is already sitting in that seat.
    He is a better critic than leader but there are plenty of them. He'll be lecturing to the faithful when this is all over, explaining why what Bill Clinton did and Barack Obama does is flawed.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  238. Ken from VA

    It's the ego Jack! The same ego the "allegedly" led him to ask his first wife for an open marriage...the same ego that led to a government shutdown in 1996.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  239. Rick in Los Angeles

    Newt has lost in the key states of Ohio, Michigan and Florida, but he's clearly winning in the state of Denial. All the way to Tampa? The man obviously doesn't get it.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:39 pm |
  240. Jim B, Dallas

    It's almost as if he's been in a five-step program; "Amazement" at being invited to the debates in the first place, "Momentum" during the period when voters were kicking all the different tires, "Belief" that he is really what the people crave, "Crestfallen" (followed by another minor Momentum and Belief stage), and Delusional, where he feels his stubborness is earning him a prominent voice at the convention. It's time to go back to where he truly belongs...Tiffany's.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  241. MunnaBhai, Herndon

    Revenge. This is payback for the negative ads of Romney's pals.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  242. vincent NM

    I suspect Newt is thinking about dropping out of the race.

    After his non-consession speech re: AL/Mississippi vote, he told a very touching story of an unemployed gentleman with cancer who donated to Newt's campaign and then launched into begging for more dontions.

    I expected Newt to ask for paryers for the gentleman 1st! That's what a true conservative Christian would have done.
    At that moment he lost my respect & vote, along with many of my friends.

    Yep, if he got our emails, he likely reconsidering going to Tampa.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  243. maggie

    Newt is all about money and self. He will continue running and enjoying the good life until the money runs out. The longer he stays in the more books he will be able to sell. He will also be paid more for speaking engagements. This is the sad state of our political system.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:40 pm |
  244. Dave - Phx

    Newt is in it for the attention. You can't make more money without getting yourself out there, and like all of our politicians Newt is trying to get paid. Why else do they support the 1% over the 99%? Money money money....Donald Trump and his friends are laughing all the way to the bank with our money.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  245. Ken from VA

    It's the ego Jack! The same ego that "allegedly" led him to ask his first wife for an open marriage and the same ego that led to a government shutdown in 1995.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:41 pm |
  246. Shadynuk

    Stay in. Be a spoiler. Perhaps he has made a $ deal with Romney. In any case, whatever can be done to keep the Pope Santorum out of the white house – do it.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  247. Lance in San Diego

    Gingrich is the only candidate who is NOT politically correct. We are at war with an enemy that other politicians fail to acknowledge. We can't defeat our enemy if our leaders can't properly identify them.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  248. Jim

    No ones sure except Newt. The only thing that is clear is that he is not in the race to become President – even he knows that can't happen. So here are the possibilities:
    1) He's in the race at the behest of the Party to keep Santorum down.
    2) He's setting up his next book and speaking tour
    3) He's angling for an offer from Romney or Santorum to bow out, or stay in depending on who's going to stroke him more.
    4) He's dumber than a bag of hammers.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:44 pm |
  249. Mark in Houston

    What's he up to ?....Nothing that would benefit anyone but himself...or his moon base. The man is a walking, talking liar with an ego similar to that of Rush.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  250. Larry of Boston Massachusetts

    Newt knows that Mitt will likely fall between 75 – 125 delagates short of 1144. Newt also knows that the COnvention will NEVER let Santorum take the helm. I expect Newt to try to make a big speech at the COnvention and get himself into the nomination...when that fails, watch him approach Romney and offer a deal after the first ballott - Newt promising to deliver the delegats Mitt needs to go over the top -- and Mitt promising Newt a position in the Cabinet (Not the VP spot though)

    March 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  251. James Portland, Oregon

    As an Independent supporting Romney, may I say thank you Speaker Gingrich.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  252. Hank in Va.

    Newt who?

    March 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  253. millee

    Newt is staying in and hoping the convention doesn't deliver a majority for either Romney or Santorum. Then he can step up as the alternate that isn't Romney or Santorum and take it all. Or he is just building up publicity to enable him to get another highpaying non-lobbist lobbying job.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  254. Steve Harnack Sunnyvale, CA.

    I'm convinced that Gingrich is grown-up Eric Cartman from South Park and he just plain can't hear any criticism or negative facts. His brain just twists is into praise and good news. Oh, and he thinks that he is going to be President Palin's VP too. If Reagan hadn't closed all of the mental hospitals Newt would have a safe restful place to live.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:49 pm |
  255. Ronald from SC

    I haven't seen any evidence that any of the GOP/Tea Party candidates have any idea what is going on nor do they have any useable ideas or solutions.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  256. Mike

    I say follow the money. These super PACs have raised massive amounts of money. As I understand it whoever runs the supper PAC is allowed to disperse the funs, even if the candidate drops out, basically however they see fit. This could include giving it to the former candidate. It doesn't sound like it should be legal, and it definitely seems unethical, but my guess is there will be a big exchange of cash in Gingrich’s future.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  257. tyler from socal

    Maybe mitt promised him the vp nom if he stayed in the race. Cause there's no mute in this newt!

    March 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  258. DavidE7

    Gingrich takes it personally that Romney carpet bombed him with negative ads in Iowa and Florida. He will now get his revenge by helping Santorum deny the nomination to Romney, who he sees as a power hungry SOB with no principles. Polls have shown that Gingrich' support, were he to drop out, would be divided between Romney and Santorum, so if he dropped out, it would be easier, not harder, for Romney to get the needed delegates before the convention. If he does not, anything can happen at the convention. In this rationale, I am all for Newt Gingrich, because I agree with his assessment of Romney's character.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:51 pm |
  259. crazy like a fox

    Newt is so smart he's waiting for the best offer before he gets out. Someone is going to have to offer him a prime job somewhere or a big bribe and then he'll exit saying it was his plan to do it that way all along. Washington breeds skilled negotiators who don't care a whit for the peons that they consider all americans to be. Newt is a lifetime politician. The US system of government is fundamentally broken.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  260. johnny bartley

    Newt Gingrich knows that he cannot win the nomination. He's angling for VP spot in a brokered convention. Now close your eyes and open them to a Palin-Gingrich ticket.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  261. Maurice Stewart

    Newt is staying in for one reason.....EGO!

    March 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  262. X 2 x Vet

    Newt is up to hate. Remember, he was the candidate that said the President should not appoligize for the mistake of burning Korans. Now a Soldier has escallated to killing 16 innocent Afghan civilians. Newt is ignorant and does not understand the mind of some rouge Soldiers, especially when they have been drinking and only look at Fox News for their news. In Newt's hometown of Columbus, GA, Fort Benning Officer's Club (conference center) will not let you turn the television from Fox News. I have asked many times while dinning for lunch since Feb 2010. Each time I am told I have to go to the Manager at Post level. Check the news of choice for Ssgt Robert Bales. He spent most of his time at one Post. Check to see what the required news is at his Post at Fort Lewis, Washington. Check the news at his home base in Afghanistan. Many of the Fort Lewis soldier are homesteaders and are less disciplined than the other Division and Brigade soldiers.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:52 pm |
  263. Chris Twemlow

    "What is Newt Gingrich up to?" That question has been asked ad nauseum by the media throughout his entire political career. He reminds me of that nasty stuff on the bottom of your shoe. But the real question to be asking is: "Who are these people who are actually voting for him???" That's a question I'd like answered.

    Chris, Vancouver, BC Canada

    March 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  264. Luey

    Inkster Michigan

    What's Newt Gingrich up too? The real question should be What's Mitt Romney up too? It's obvious that if Gingrich remains in the campaign, Romney wins the nomination. do you thing the romney campaign wants to lose to satorium. No. so pay gingrich to take his votes. And romney will win the nominee.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  265. Ego

    Jack, Newt is showing us what the Republican party really is. Pompous. What I really hate seeing is the money that is being wasted on this man when there are so many people in need. The same goes for Ron Paul. This is quite embarrassing to see this going on in our country. Step down Newt.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  266. Matt M.

    Hey Jack,

    I think Newt has decided that the only way to sink Romney is to stay in the race. If he gets out, some quotient of his supporters will inevitably wander over to Mitt. It could be low, or it could be high. If he stays in, he denies Romney those votes, thus denying him delegates and thereby increasing the chance that Romney arrives at Tampa with less than the magic 1,144. That's the only way he or Rick Santorum has a shot. Notice that Santorum hasn't called on Newt to get out. Perhaps they're in it together?

    March 19, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  267. Wittenberg

    Gingrich is in the race because he believes there is going to be a brokered convention. He hopes to hand over the support he has to Santorum. He has long since realized he cannot win, but believes he can help Santorum win.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  268. John P. Tarver

    What better way to unite the Republican Party?
    Romney/Gingrich in 2012

    March 19, 2012 at 4:55 pm |
  269. Mike Franklin

    Regardless of politics and who likes what candidate, the single inarguable truth is that he has the media pegged; no one likes or trusts them anymore. We side-up when the write something nice about our favorite party or guy but, in all, we find them to be nothing more than paid creators of designer public opinion. And in this case, with Newt openly identifying CNN and every other MSM powerhouse for what they are, we cannot expect anything but retaliation and an effort to destroy his candidacy.

    None of this is deniable... and I didn't even vote for this buffoon.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  270. Patrick

    It is obvious.................to be offered the Vice Presidential slot on either a Romney or Santorum ticket. Although chances are Romney would pick Santorum as VP and Santorum would pick a Southern governor such as Barbour to run with him. Either of them would be idiots to pick Newt for VP and save the Sec. of State job for him, which he would be very qualified to serve.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  271. Larry in Houston

    Answer to your Question : What's Newt up to ? He's figuring on the 1144 number don't you get it, Jack ? The rules says that you have to get to that number, before you are the nominee. He's thinking IF he Stays IN, Nobody will get to that Number by the time they get to Tampa, in August. That's when the RNC & people like Adleson (plus a few other billionaires) will determine who the nominee will be, at that time. It's more or less a big gamble for Newt, thinking he might be the one.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  272. Christy in Greensboro, NC

    Anna in Atlanta is so right, Newt is helping Romney for whatever reason. I understand him and there's only handful of people like me. I don't understand my country anymore.

    March 19, 2012 at 4:56 pm |
  273. Pat in IL

    There are two reasons he is staying in. One is that his ego is making him delusional and thinking that he is somehow important. The second is that he doesn't have anything better to do.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:00 pm |
  274. Randyman from AZ

    Newt sees that his staying in the race is the best way to beat Romney. Not all of those who vote for him would vote for Santorum, so if he were to drop out now, Romney might win in a head to head with Santorum. But he can go to the convention and throw his delegates to Santorum, and maybe the two of them together can beat Romney. And if he can't be VP, maybe Secretary of State wouldn't be so bad.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  275. Brad

    Newt and Mitt's other opponents owe the Republican Party members an explanation of why they are still in the race when the numbers just are not in their favor. We want to hear that explanation right now! Why are they not supportive of the primary process and unwilling to drop out and put wind in Mitt's sails? He has the best chance of beating Obama and he is way ahead of all of them. They are not patriots. They put themselves before their party and before the people who have spoken. The people have spoken loud and clear and Mitt is the winner. Drop out and let Mitt defeat Obama!

    March 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  276. J.


    He is running for Vice-President.


    March 19, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
  277. tom Bulger, Canandaigua, ny

    He's not being any sillier than the others. They are all wasting their time and money. That's why the Republican Party has turned its focus to salvaging as many Representatives and Senators as possible.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm |
  278. Mike

    When Mitt secures the GOP nomination, he won't go near Newt, the same way Obama did not pick Hillary...no one wants their VP to overshadow them. Can't make him Sec of Defense or State unless you want a war with Iran, maybe Sec of Energy...he knows how to drill holes, ask his ex-wives....

    March 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  279. Brenda B

    What were the rules when he took the money from that super rich Sin City man. Was he not hired to be nice to Mitt? I would put my name up for that job!!!!! Gosh, think of all the travel, great food, luxury places to stay at and dance all night long. Why would he quit ? Great times with nothing out of his pocket.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:03 pm |
  280. Joe from Nebraska

    Newt is still in the race becuase there are already 248 comments to this article and they are growing. He's getting publicity and loving every minute of it.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:04 pm |
  281. jimbrown1776

    Newt keeps Romney from hitting the magic number, therefore it goes to an open convention and Santorum wins. Any dummy can see that's what's going to happen.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  282. Jason

    Well, it seems that he wants to be president. He will be by far the smartest person running this season and probably the only one with a plan that can bring the country back. Really I am not sure what anyone sees in the other 2 candidates. I don't get the attitude of so many who are voting for Romney because they think he can win. The problem with that thought is that the "base" doesn't like him and a bunch of people won't turn out to vote for him in the general election. That was the same problem with McCain. The only republicans that can win a general election are the conservative ones.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  283. Steve

    Gingrich wants the spotlight. Sooner or later though he will bow out to avoid losing all his credibility (whatever of that is left). Rumor has it he wants one last shot at public life. Obviously he is still popular in Georgia. Maybe he should run for office again there.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  284. Tim

    He's on an ego trip. Simple. After being a "front runner" for a short period of time, getting microphones stuck in you face at every turn, it gets addicting. CNN says he and Santorum are "splitting" the conservative vote, but last I checked it wasn't much of a split. CNN insists on assuming that if he drops, his followers (what followers?) will move, en mass to Santorum. Not a chance. I hope he does drop out so Romney can get it over with.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:05 pm |
  285. Cathy in New Jersey

    Polls show that Gingrich voters listed Romney as their second choice, NOT Santorum. Perhaps Gingrich doesn't want to quit yet because he doesn't want his delegates to go to Romney yet.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:06 pm |
  286. JJ

    Same as John McSame in 2008. Flailing.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:11 pm |
  287. Don

    Say what you want ,Newt is no fool. My guess is he has a serious motive to stay in this long, maybe a VP or cabinet administration position or something else. He is working towards a goal of some sort, only time will tell.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:12 pm |
  288. Barry -Atlanta

    It's like the-oldprize fighter who thinks he's got one last good fight left in him. Maybe then he can get a shot at the "title".
    But I'm afraid that last fight is not going to happen. He went down for the count after Georgia.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:13 pm |
  289. akira

    any informed conservative, who wants a President that will follow the constitution will vote for Ron Paul. he is the choice of those who should know. he is the top choice of economists, active duty military, and the youth (aka: people who don't rely on mainstream media for their info). we need someone who is actually going to do something to fix the trouble our arrogant country has gotten itself into. for peace and prosperity: Ron Paul 2012

    March 19, 2012 at 5:15 pm |
  290. RAWoD

    He's making sure that a republican doesn't win.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  291. GeorgeBos95

    Newt was seen dining in DC ... drinking his own KoolAid.

    I guess it's tough when your ego is so large, and your accomplishments so small. Newt would rather tank the party, and that is just one of many reasons why he was never electable.

    But I enjoy the theater ... of the absurd.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  292. Jean Spruill

    I loved all the comments. Denial is a funny thing–everyone can see it but the one doing it.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  293. Ken in MD

    Spending as many of those campaign dollars as he can get his hands on.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:21 pm |
  294. JD Reno, NV.

    who cares?

    March 19, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  295. closetiguana

    He's doing what Romney did, putting in his time for the next election.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:23 pm |
  296. ME

    what is Newt up to? building and cashing in on his personal brand while at the same time inflating his already over inflated narcissitic ego. WIN WIN for him for sure.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:25 pm |
  297. Eric in DC

    Newt is worrying about what every megalomaniacal, narcissistic, conceited egoist worries about. Newt. And only Newt.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  298. David Ish

    He might be thinking that he getting older .... so he need to take chance even if there less than 1% perecent being nominee

    March 19, 2012 at 5:27 pm |
  299. Jim -Chicago

    I think more than anything, Newt is an establishment guy. Although he has offered himself up as the conservative alternative to Romney, he would much rather have Romney be the nominee than Santorum. If he drops out now, Romney finds himself in a dogfight. If he stays in, he continues to siphon off conservative votes from Santorum. It seems smart if he wants Romney, the more likely candidate to beat President Obama, to win. He can position himself for a cabinet position if Romney pulls of the miracle and beats President Obama.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:28 pm |
  300. Dave

    It was obvious to me when he entered the race: Money. The more he is exposed nationaly, the more money he will command for speaking, "consulting", etc.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  301. Sheldon, Indy, IN

    Watching how he's been conducting himself, the only conclusion I can come to is that he is desperately trying to keep Santorum from outright challenging Romney. No one can really see how much of a threat Santorum is is on his own if Gingrich keeps splitting the conservatives. Once we hit the convention, which is looking more and more like it will be brokered, I wouldn't be shocked at all to see a Romney/Gingrich ticket to sweep up the delegates and leave Santorum behind.

    Not that it will matter, really. A long hard fight and so much dirt thrown around it looks like a pig wrestling tournament leaves any GOP candidate hobbled. And the President hasn't even really begun to campaign. Should be an interesting November.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  302. Only Newt

    Newt is doing what Newt does. Santorum can't take the VP slot on a Romney ticket, but Newt can. This gives him two reasons to stay in a VP slot or rebuilding his value as a pundit. Whateverelse, it is all about Newt.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:30 pm |
  303. Fishflakes

    I think he's working for Romney, hoping to keep Santorum out of it, and then Romney will pick him for the VP position as a return favor.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
  304. AB

    Newt Gingrich is up to his old tricks in trying to win the nomination. He and everyone knows Romney is a weak front runner and thinks that if he stays in the race, he can take this race all the way to Republican Convention and fight it out there and provoke a brokered convention. But everyone else other than Romney have the same idea and plan. Gingrich thinks that he can debate his way to the nomination (Gingrich is a self-professed skilled debator and thinks he can out debate anyone). Gingrich's plan and agenda will fail. He is way behind in delegate votes and will probably not catch up to Romney by winning any more states. His campaign is seriously in debt, his sordid past is a milstone around his neck that will doom his candidacy.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
  305. Whitt

    "What's Newt Gingrich up to?" Isn't it obvious? He's racking up frequent flyer miles on someone else's dime.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  306. thom richer

    He is attempting to establish himself for a place in the next Republican administration no matter who wins. He, of course, will not win. It is either that or his continuing is just plain ole sour grapes. If he can't win he will make it tough on the others out of spite. The sad part of all this turmoil caused by him and the rest of the candidates is none of them will be the next president. They have all let their arrogance and inflated egos get in the way of uniting their party and choosing a person who may actually have had a chance of beating Obama. Money got in their way and dictated who the candidates would be instead of picking the best of the bunch and uniting behind him or her.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    March 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  307. MarcO

    What Newt is up to is three things:

    1) Attempting to deny Romney the nomination...most math calculations show that with Gingrich OUT of the race, Romney will acquire a higher percentage of votes and thus a LARGER share of delegates. Gingrich staying in the race actually HURTS Romney's chances of reaching the magic number of 1,144.

    2) Attempting to secure a role of "king-maker" (or at least, influence peddler) but remaining in the race and going to the convention with at least a hundred delegates in his pocket...in the hopes that Mitt Romeny may need them, or else use them as a bargaining tool with the GOP leaders.

    3) Attempting to provide the appearance of importance for after the election in the fall.

    ....and besides that...having FUN! He doesn't really care what other people tell him to do; don't think he ever has. At 68, it is unlikely he will have another reasonable shot at running for President and be taken seriously.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  308. Emmett M. Smith

    Jack, I think if Mr. Santorum offered the position of N.A.S.A. Director to Newt (starting during a Santorum administration), Newt might decide to end his quest for the presidency. We could use a space agency chief with some imagination for a change! Emmett Smith, Mobile, AL

    March 19, 2012 at 5:41 pm |
  309. michelle

    with a name like 'Newt' – it could be anything...

    March 19, 2012 at 5:46 pm |
  310. Daph1

    It's pretty obvious what Newt is up too. It's his last turn at bat.
    He is going to try to make amends with himself and the American people.
    (At the same time, try to weasel in on a cabinet position)

    March 19, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
  311. Concerned in Illinois

    I suppose that Mr. Gingrich could argue that if one-or-the-other of Mr. Santorum and himself were to 'survive' as the Anti-Romney at the convention, that it could just as well be him (which would amount to one explanation for 'legitimately' staying in the race until the convention. That said, essentially dividing the 'anti-Romney' votes amongst the two makes little sense, as you stated, Mr. Cafferty. I would have thought that the party bosses would have brokered whatever deals they could have come up with by now to narrow the field. Seems like a party adrift... a few arguably good ideas, and forbid, they actually agree with anything proposed by a democrat, offered atop the ever-present big-business payoffs; leaving all of their arguments up the creek without a paddle... sad.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:48 pm |
  312. Sam - Toronto

    Don't blame Newt. He is just following the party line that is a deeply engraved in the Republicans' culture and behaviour , which is primarily founded on being totally out of touch with reality or any common sense and most importantly, totally dismissive of all scientific facts. Since polls are based on numbers, and numbers are part of mathematics, and Math is science; one can easily conclude that Republicans and Newt have no interest in believing any of poll numbers presented to them.

    They have made a mockery out of these primaries, why stop now.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:49 pm |
  313. George In Austerlitz

    Seriously Jck,
    Who cares?
    Do Republicans even care?

    March 19, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
  314. schwa

    Newt is still running because his owner, Shelden Adelson, is paying him millions of dollars to stay in and split off Santorum's votes. That way, Adelson's real choice (Romney) gets the nomination.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm |
  315. Aztec Phil

    The only office Newt may win is governor of the state of Denial. He is pursuing his ambition with an unrelenting fanaticism that will probably destroy himself and everyone around him. Being relentless in pursuit of a goal, especially when it is in the best interest of a nation, is admirable, but a Pyrrhic victory is another matter.

    March 19, 2012 at 5:52 pm |