Why won't Newt Gingrich face reality?
March 29th, 2012
04:00 PM ET

Why won't Newt Gingrich face reality?

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There are a couple ways to drop out of a political race.

A candidate can withdraw gracefully.

Or there's Newt Gingrich.

The guy just can't take a hint. And at this point he's likely hurting not only the Republican Party, but his own political legacy.

As Politico describes it, "the former House Speaker has decided to cap off a historic career by spending the final weeks of the campaign in a sort of political purgatory."

But that won't stop Newt. He's pledging to stay in the race all the way to the convention in Tampa. He's hoping against hope for some extraordinary situation where Mitt Romney can't get enough delegates and Rick Santorum is seen as unelectable.

The problem is he's out of money. His big Super PAC donor Sheldon Adelson - who has donated more than $15 million - says Gingrich is "at the end of his line."

There are no debates left to boost Gingrich, he can't afford to travel, he's fired much of his staff and even the media attention is dwindling.

People are using words like "laughingstock" and "delusional" to describe the former Speaker of the House. Sad really.

For his part, Gingrich insists he's staying in the race to shape the political conversation. And talk about his ideas like $2.50 a gallon gas. But no one is listening anymore.

CNN estimates Gingrich has 134 delegates compared to Romney's 559 and Santorum's 262.

A CNN/ORC Poll shows 6 out of 10 Republicans say Gingrich should drop out of the race. Also, a majority of Republicans say their party's nomination should be determined by the primaries - not the convention.

Here’s my question to you: Why won't Newt Gingrich face reality?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

JD in New Hampshire:
Gingrich does not live in a reality-based world. He lives in Newtville. It's an imaginary place on the far side of the moon where commoners throw offerings at his feet.

He does face reality, it’s just his version is different than most.

Everett in Princeton, Texas:
Newt shows signs of borderline personality disorder. One of the primary behaviors exhibited by such people is the need to create chaos. He does not feel normal until everyone around him is in chaos and he is getting all the attention because of the chaos he has created.

Oliver in El Paso, Texas:
Ambition can blind a man.

Paul in North Carolina:
He is facing reality, Jack. It's all about future speaking engagements and selling books. His political legacy is not much to speak of anyway and as for the Republican Party, they have so many self-inflicted wounds no one will notice a few more

Ken in Seattle:
Newt Gingrich is a megalomaniac. In his greatly distorted view of reality he is indispensable to the future of the party, the country, the world and probably the universe. Or at least the future of the moon. He thrives on the attention he is getting and probably has nightmares of the moment in time it all goes away and he is forced to face his irrelevance.

Mike in Minneapolis:
I don't know, but I bet he won't get many dinner party invitations after this. The hosts will have to spray to get rid of him.

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  1. Ed from MD

    He does face reality, its just his version is different than most.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:26 pm |
  2. Herman Portland OR

    Not sure why the media cares if he stays in or not. I am not aware of any rules that make him step down as long as there are delegates to be won. He brings a different conservative view to the primary process. I am sure that the Democrats would like to focus on bashing one or two candidates instead of four.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  3. Pete in Georgia

    Jack, it's in the DNA of 90% of all politicians.
    Why won't Obama face reality ??
    Why won't Congress face reality ??
    Why won't Nancy Pelosi face reality ??
    You could go on and on.
    Part of the answer is that these people are "STARVED" for self esteem, recognition, and power.....................but on a level the average person can't even identify with.
    It's off the charts !!
    Beyond sad.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:32 pm |
  4. Ed from California

    How do you spell an inflated ego, w/no shame? N.E.W.T! He's making money w/his super pac, so why would he quit. Besides, the monthly Tiffany bill is due.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
  5. tom Bulger, Canandaigua, ny

    “The oldest and strongest emotion of mankind is fear, and the oldest and strongest kind of fear is fear of the unknown” (H.P. Lovecraft)

    For Newt Reality is the great unknown.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:35 pm |
  6. John from Alabama

    Jack: Newt the Hoot from Georgia does not have to look at realty. Gingrich has just to much ego to let go of the race. You never know, Mitt Romney might be crushed by his car elevator in San Diego, and Santorum might fall down a coal mine in Pennsylvania. Yes, but only if you believe in the tooth fairy, and the Easter Bunny.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:37 pm |
  7. Bizz, Quarryville Pennsylvania

    I think Gingrich lives in his own little world. Living in that world will not leave him face reality that his time has come and gone. He reminds me of a punchdrunk fighter who still thinks he has one more good fight left in him. I know Gingrich well just like many other voters. I will always remember Gingrich past and that is what kills it for me. I watched and listened to him on the campaign trail and realize Gingrich has never changed and never will.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:38 pm |
  8. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Because he lives in his own dream world where he believes he actually means something to somebody.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
  9. Wilhelm von Nord Bach - Las Vegas

    because good old Newt is in the "Running for President" BUSINESS. as long as he can get people to pony up to his campaign, he can live his multi-millionaire lifestyle. it's called "MERCHANDISING", Jack.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
  10. Everett from Princeton TX

    Newt shows signs of personality disorder called Borderline Personality Disorder. One of the primary behaviors exhibited by such people is the need to create chaos. He does not feel normal until every one around him is in chaos and he is getting all the attention because of the chaos he has created. So Its Borderline Personality Disorder

    March 29, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  11. Greg in Arkansas

    Face reality?....he can't find reality.....but I'd be glad to give him a hint just in case he's looking..... try looking on the moon colony because that is as close as he will ever get to the White House....

    March 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  12. Mike Danahy

    Ah, Newt's a pompous narcissist. Add Moon-Colony Gingrich's train wreck primary performance to that of Herman 9-9-9, Governor Ooops and Mitt Etech-A-Sketch Romney, and is it surprising that President Obama's almost guaranteed re-election?

    March 29, 2012 at 1:47 pm |
  13. jimmy in greenville nc

    Jack, Newt is facing his own reality. Do you recall the line from Seinfeld when Jerry was getting ready to take a lie detector test. Jerry asked George how to beat the machine. George answered, "Jerry, it's not a lie if you believe it." I think Newt believes whatever Newt wants to believe.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:48 pm |
  14. JD in NH

    Gingrich does not live in a reality-based world. He lives in Newtville. It's an imaginary burg on the far side of the moon where commoners throw offerings at his feet with the hope of securing an icon of the biggest ego in the universe.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
  15. Paul, Parry Sound, Ontario

    Have you checked his marital history lately?

    March 29, 2012 at 1:52 pm |
  16. Dale N.M.

    Newt Gingrich has an ego problem he has an ax to grind with the ones who impeached him.

    March 29, 2012 at 1:58 pm |
  17. Gary in San Jose, California

    I see two reasons. 1. Ending his campaign would give Rick Santorum a viable shot against Mitt Romney and that's not what the establishment wants and 2. He hasn't picked up the sweetheart deal he's looking for quite yet.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  18. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: We all have dreams, and for some of us, they are just that, "dreams,"-–but sometimes dreams can turn to dust or magic, depending upon the talent they brush against. Nootie didn't brush well-he is in oblivious denial--and that my friend can be dangerous for all.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  19. Pete in Florida

    The question should be, why don't ANY Republican/conservative polticians face reality? Possible answers are: (A) they're all on drugs, (B) they're all insane, (C) they've all signed Grover Norquist's pledge to live in fantasyland, (D) they've all told so many lies so many times that they no longer recognize reality, and (E), facts, truth, reality and common sense are against the law in RushLand.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
  20. Tom in Desoto, TX

    For the same reason children of the very rich don't work, someone is paying their tab. Newt will keep going as long as his sugar daddy foots the bill. It's not as if anyone is calling Newt to do something. Without the campaign he has nothing to do..

    March 29, 2012 at 2:05 pm |
  21. Ken from Pinon Hills, California

    Because the electorate does not face reality.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:06 pm |
  22. Michael Bindner, Alexandria VA

    His wife won't let him and he hasn't hired the kind of real staff who will tell him the truth that its over.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:15 pm |
  23. Mark from New Jersey

    He is facing reality, Jack. His reality is to parlay his doomed-from- the- start presidential candidacy into whatever book and merchandise sales he can get, as well as a seat as a commentator on Fox News. Ultimately it serves his financial interests and his bloated ego, and that is his reality. He didn't want to be President anyway. Too much actual work.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  24. Brian, San Diego

    Newt wouldn't know reality if it sold him $2.50 gasoline. Of course, in his world, he can just wave a magic wand and make that happen anyway.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:16 pm |
  25. Ken in Seattle

    Newt Gingrich is a megalomaniac. In his greatly distorted view of reality he is indispensable to the future of the party, the country, the world and probably the universe. Or at least the future of the moon. He thrives on the attention he is getting and probably has nightmares of the moment in time it all goes away and he is forced to face his irrelevance. In the end he will be incapable of admitting defeat and will dilute himself into thinking that all he hoped to dominate could not appreciate his brilliance. The guy has serious mental health issues.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  26. Bill of New Mexico

    Have sympathy!

    Newt is dying of a Broken Ego. This was Newt's last chance. Newt's last hurrah. And, Newt came so close!

    He could taste it!

    Newt explodes every other day at some poor news person–demanding an apology from the most surprising people.

    Newt can't be thinking clearly.

    The Newt is dying of a broken ego.

    Have sympathy and allow Newt to run for President until he wins or his marriage fails–whichever comes first.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  27. Oliver El Paso, TX

    Ambition can blind a man.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:23 pm |
  28. Charles, Lansing, Michigan

    Crooks don't quit. They figure there is always a way to get what they want. If it doesn't come honestly they figure they can always steal it.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
  29. Noel Sivertson New Mexico

    He is facing reality. His own.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  30. John from Santa Maria, CA

    This is his last Hurrah, his ego's last glow in the limelight, but its beginning to look more like a perp-walk.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
  31. Mark G.

    Lubbock, TX - Mr Gingrich is facing his own reality even if a majority cannot comprehend such.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:29 pm |
  32. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    Because he is a politico hack with unreasonable ambition.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:35 pm |
  33. Doug Ericson

    I got a better question. Why won't Supreme Court Justice, Ruth Radar Ginsberg face reality? She's so senile she can barely complete a sentance. But as far as Newt goes, why worry about it. If Romney is the shoe-in he thinks he is, Newts battle with Ron Paul for the cellar isn't important. Doug, Pepperell, MA.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  34. Duane R Spencer

    Newt is just being arrogant, he has his own high opinion of himself, also The block of oil subsides by Republicans is again why I am voting all of them out.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:38 pm |
  35. Jim, Denver CO

    He is facing reality, his own. The guy lives in the bubble of 1% and Washington.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
  36. Terry in Virginia

    Ka-ching! The longer he stays in the race the more money he gets to spend on ... whatever. Plus, watch his future speaking fees escalate after the convention. Delusional? Not, Newt. He's laughing all the way to the bank.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:41 pm |
  37. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    It's to painful to admit defeat and Newt's EGO is so big that he can't accept that the party's over. And besides, he wouldn't have a chance to win in November.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  38. ken, atlantic city, nj

    For the same reason obama and all the members of congress won't face reality. Gingrich and all the other phonies in washington seem to live in a parallel universe, and don't care what the voters think of them at all. They do nothing but talk, while banks, and wall street continue to gamble away the 0% interest money they get from bernanke at the federal reserve. When banks and wall street fail they get bailed out but when main street fails they get nothing but talk. Gingrich and all the other politicians know the voters will believe anything they are told.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:44 pm |
  39. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Newt is practicing the old insanity of doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results but he is getting a good lesson in humility through humiliation. He'd have to pay me more than $50 to have my picture taken with him.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:45 pm |
  40. Gordon from NJ

    Why would anyone be surprised? With his promises of $2.50 gas, magic algae, and moon bases, he does not have much of a grip on reality as it is. Extreme narcissism is not an asset.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:47 pm |
  41. Ray in Knoxville

    Ego, Jack, pure ego. He's hoping to take the the GOP to their convention with no clear winner and force a showdown because he thinks the party will turn to him if neither Romney or Santorum can get enough delegates. He just relishes the thought of the GOP begging him to be their champion, to rescue America from the godforsaken liberals, communists and minorities. It's an ego trip worthy of this man, don't you think?

    March 29, 2012 at 2:48 pm |
  42. jk in MN

    Because his huge ego gets in the way of reality, Jack.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  43. Mitoosense Ft Lauderdale Florida

    I would bet the Farm, Newt does not have a dime of his money invested in this failure

    March 29, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
  44. thom richer

    He is not able. Like the rest of the field, they never have had to. When they talk of tough times or hard work it is always in reference to their grandfathers or other ancestors but never of their own experiences doing without or struggling to make ends meet. So, reality is limited to their own egocentric existence and like Gingrich, they cannot connect with true life struggles of the American worker. He as well as the other two's reality is money and what it can do for them. He still thinks he has a chance to finance a win. When everything you do is motivated for selfish reasons and not for the good of the whole, reality is not part of existence and his motives for the presidency is purely personal. Thus, no understanding that he is done.

    Thom Richer
    Negaunee, MI

    March 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  45. jack l

    The reality is, now that any chance of winning the nomination has disappeared, his candidacy is all about selling books/videos, etc. In fact, I would not be surprised to see him sell what's left of his campaign as a behind the scenes "reality show"–instead of Keeping Up with the Kardashian's we could have "Goofing with the Gingrich's".

    March 29, 2012 at 2:52 pm |
  46. Steve, Clifton, Virginia

    Newt's reality is that the Republican convention is as good a place to secure the nomination as the primaries.

    March 29, 2012 at 2:54 pm |
  47. Loren

    Has he ever really faced reality? For a historian, he seems ignore the lessons of history on a regular basis, so why expect him to start now?

    March 29, 2012 at 2:55 pm |
  48. Mr D

    Laughingstock and delusional has a nice ring to it when describing Newt. The only thing that he is going to "shape" is his image, and it is going from bad to worse.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
  49. Mike in Minneapolis

    I don't know, but I bet he won't get many dinner party invitations after this. The hosts will have to spray to get rid of him.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:04 pm |
  50. Scott Stodden

    Because He's A Weirdo And He's Someone Who Doesn't Relate Well To The American People! Newt Its Time To Go, You And Ron Paul Are Just Waisted Space And America Doesn't Want Someone Like You Who Is Nothing But An Adulterer And A Cheater Or Ron Paul Who Wants To Go Back To The Days Of The Civil War! The Republican Presidential Race Is Now A Two Man Race Between Mitt Romney And Rick Santorum And Rick Santorum Would Need To Win Every State For The Rest Of The Primary To Have A Chance Of Winning And I Don't See That Happening! Get Out Now Newt And Save Yourself From Even More Embarressment!

    Scott Stodden (Freeport, Illinois)

    March 29, 2012 at 3:05 pm |
  51. Rick, Medina, OH


    I think the term is 'narcissism.'

    Medina, OH

    March 29, 2012 at 3:06 pm |
  52. Dan in Albuquerque

    Jack, he knows it is his last hurrah in the national spotlight, and h'ell pontificate his pseudo-profundities until the primary draws it's last breath. 9of course he'll get a show on FOX as do all wannabes).

    March 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  53. Kevin, Chester Springs, PA

    Hey Jack, he's getting $50 a pop if you want your picture taken with Newt! Who needs Las Vegas money with that kind of big bucks rolling in? And if it's not quite enough to cover his campaign costs, maybe it'll help to pay off his Tiffany's "revolving fund!" It's time for the professor to get kicked off the island.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  54. curtis in philadelphia

    C'mon Jack, you're talking about a man, Newt, who lead the impeachment process of a president for having an affair, while at the same time he, Newt, was having an affair. Delusional and laughingstock barely scratch the surface.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:12 pm |
  55. Julia, Fayetteville, NC

    He is no different from any other politician – they love limelight. It takes a certain type of human to be a politician and now when precious few have done one day in the military, politician takes on a completely different meaning – say anything to win. He has said what he knew to be true and it just didn't make any difference. His personal life was more important than his political life and he just can't understand that. Personal lives still mean a lot to a lot of people.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:13 pm |
  56. David, Redwood City, Ca

    Because reality for Newt is posturing for the book he's sure-as-shootin' gonna write when the sun sets on the 2012 Republican-nomination race. Scuttlebut says the title will be "Gingriched." Look for it in better discount bins everywhere.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:15 pm |
  57. Annie, Atlanta

    In reality Mitt Romney may not get the delegates needed to clench the nomination, leaving Newt's to be used as leverage. What he could possibly want is anyone's guess, though VP would be mine. If I had to suggest one, however, it would be ambassador to Siberia, or some such out of the way place where we won't have to see him or hear him pontificate on his wonderfulness.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:17 pm |
  58. Sean in LA

    Newt's reality is easing campaign debts, not facilitating a Rick/Romney Super Bout. So although his impact on the race is now moot, Newt's continued presence will generate some inflow of cash to help lessen those debts...and as most Americans agree nowadays, every little bit helps.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:19 pm |
  59. David R Bebeau,Springfield Missouri

    Oh Jack,I love to comment on ole Knewt.Jack its in his DNA to be out there doing his thing.he is not our future and he
    just does not know he can't win because he in his zone his element.Just one more time,just one more touchdown,4th
    and 2 with 8 seconds on the clock.One more time just to hear the crowd cheer one last time.Jack he can't help it,he has
    to be out there on last time.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:21 pm |
  60. Kim , Dodge City, Ks

    The combination of a what is obviously the largest ego on the planet, a mean and nasty spirit, and a propensity to distort reallity, probably drives him to ignore the signs of defeat. That, or he's just plain stupid.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm |
  61. Michael

    It's his last chance to be in the lime light Jack. I dont think his ego will allow him to quit.

    Michael Florida

    March 29, 2012 at 3:30 pm |
  62. Elizabeth From Toronto

    Same issue as Santorum ask him maybe he knows!

    March 29, 2012 at 3:36 pm |
  63. andy Lynn, MA

    The only thing in the universe larger than Newt's ego is his waist size.If Newton really wants to mess with the other straw man he would get out of the primary race and help the Grand Inquisitor's chances against the straw man. If newtie ever gets around to writing his autobiography it should be entitled, "Newt Gingrich; A Really Fat Man with an Even Bigger Ego."

    March 29, 2012 at 3:39 pm |
  64. Paul From Austin Texas

    Because he does not have a clue about what life is really about for that matter neither does anyother of the Republican candidates. If Newt can't get the spot he just wants to be the spoiler but maybe now he will not be able to do that after he lost the guy giving him all the money. It also shows his true self he can be bought.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:41 pm |
  65. Karl in Flint, MI

    Considering his past, Newt's reality is not quitting anything, anytime or for any reason. He will leave this race the same way he left Congress. Thrown out. Until the Republican leadership sits him down and make it clear he has absolutely no chance for any nomination, of any kind, he is not leaving.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:42 pm |
  66. Steve

    The reason he doesn't want to drop out because he has a mission to keep Obama straight. There is a lot of smoke out there from Obama and his Obamamites. A recent example is you can't lower the gas prices by drilling more oil. Well gues what Obama is considering releasing the oil reserves . What does that do? More oil, correct?? You can't convince the stupid liberals of that. They have no logic, that's why they get smoked by their leader. They got their blinders on. I hope people don't get snookered into another four years of Obama and his phony logic. We need Gingrich, not as a president but as an enforcer like they have on a Hockey team. We need someone like Gingrich to tell the truth. So stay in their Gingrich and hammer away, but don't get too many votes and don't attack Mitt, attack the Obamamites.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  67. Michael, from Smiths, Alabama

    No offense to the GOP supporters out there, Jack, but the reason he can't face reality is the same reason that the other candidates can't face reality. They're just too stupid to realize that the entire time they've been at each other's throats, they've been providing President Obama with the means to defeat the final GOP nominee, whoever he happens to be. Romney is too much like a GOP Obama, Santorum is too 'holier than thou', Ron Paul is a crazy old coot who thinks he's Mr Rogers, and Newt Gingrich is too deaf to hear the word on the street.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
  68. Mary J s

    What can anyone say about it. He lives in a bubble of his own making. We can go back to almost a year ago when he and Calista went on a cruise just as his campaign was beginning and he had his whole staff walk out. The man should really go to the moon.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
  69. Gigi Oregon

    Reason has gone out of style...Santorum has double Gingrich delegates, and has half the amount of Romney's. Neither have a chance. Gingrich and Santorum both have been rejected by their own party. Neither are listening. And the Tea Party doesn't want Romney. So much for the party of "In God we trust". I've been studying about Christianity vs Capitalism and as far as I understand nobody is going to win God's trust in the end. The Republican Party just doesn't get God's "Golden Rule".

    March 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  70. cathy from Illinois

    Because his ego will not let him

    March 29, 2012 at 3:50 pm |
  71. randall

    No republican can ever face the truth.Wh an republican dies and he meet their god waiting to go to heavan or hell their god will say answer this one question why should you enter the kingdom of heavon just aswer this one queston.The is you need to anser this one question but tell the truth.He will look at his god an thell him you know that I am a republican and no republican knows how to tell the truth under any condition so I will have to be3 determined to go to hell because I don't have the ability to tell the truth under any condition.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:54 pm |
  72. Richard Texas

    You know Jack all of this political stuff is a waste of time. Newt takes the cake when it comes to not giving a damn about the party though. Other politicians are willing to take one for the team but this guy is in the game for no one but himself. The amazing thing is that some people are still supporting him. I guess it is like women who write to men on death row in prison. They live in a fantasy world.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:55 pm |
  73. Frank Poynton from Los Angeles

    Because he doesn't care what anybody says about him.....Perhaps its time for the media outlets to start misspelling his name.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:56 pm |
  74. Matt, Miami

    $ 2.50 per gallon gas didn't work. This primary cycle's game changer is about to be touted by Newt....the 99 cents gas and Rush Limbo for Vice pissident.

    March 29, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  75. Deb in MT

    He can't face reality because he's a Republican, and Republicans just don't 'do' reality.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  76. Bob from Bellmore Long Island, New York

    Newt won't face reality because he lives in an alternate universe. His political reality is back in the 90's and 80's when he actually had some power. Now he's just a delusional old politician trying to relive his glory days. It's actually pretty sad.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:00 pm |
  77. Greg Turman


    Newt is having too much fun talking about ObamaCare, high gas prices and high un employment on the national stage.

    Come November, reality says that 70% of voters will not vote for ObamaCare president nor ObamaCare senators.
    Gregory Turman

    March 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  78. Paul - North Carolina

    He is facing reality, Jack. It's all about future speaking engagements and selling books. His political legacy is not much to speak of anyway and as for the Republican Party, they have so many self inflicted wounds no one will notice a few more.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
  79. Joe from Missouri

    This is Newt's last hurrah. He's going to hurrah to the very end.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  80. Walter

    Why won't Newt Gingrich face reality?

    This guy did way to many drugs in the 80's. His brains have turn to mush.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
  81. Greg in Arkansas

    Jack, just be glad he is still in the race, If Newt were to quit, you would have to think up another question.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  82. Sandstone.

    "Ganging up on Romney? Not you as well, Jack. Surely you're not scared of this guy upsetting the chances of Obama's return to the whitehouse. This guy said he want's to stay, so let him work it out for himself. He must know he can't win, and the longer he upsets the rest of the field, he will eventually look foolish. Donkeys cant win the Derby!!!"

    March 29, 2012 at 4:14 pm |
  83. Peg in NY

    Reality is unknown to Newt.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:17 pm |
  84. Some Dude

    Newt Gingrich simply isn't running for President anymore. He has other goals.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  85. freelancemanga

    You failed to mention that Paul is beating Gingrich in that latest CNN ORC poll.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  86. Newt Gingrich

    What's reality?

    March 29, 2012 at 4:20 pm |
  87. Chris from Florida

    Its clear Newt wants to remain in the spotlight and so he marches-on. He also wants to spoil it for Romney because he personally dislikes him, and lastly, he wants to trade his delgates for something of-value, say, pay-off his Tiffany's account. : -)

    March 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  88. Dan Whitcomb

    Its simple....Newt is hanging on for one reason....He thinks that Mitt will slip up, say something incredibly stupid, and upset a lot of people. The same can be said for Saint-orum...he is just lurkinig, waiting to pounce....if/when Mitt and Rick slip up....that is his only hope.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:21 pm |
  89. Anna

    Even if Gingrich tries so hard,he won't win.Well,Romney seems to get almost all the attention than Gingrich.So Gingrich should get out of the race.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  90. wordtrainingcourse

    Jack, if getting fined while speaker of the house, getting in trouble with freddie mac, and a long track record of other wreckless incidents as a politician isn't enough to help him face reality, nothing is.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  91. Dave

    Sorry Jack, you missed the whole point of Newt in the race to begin with. He wants to sell books and DVDs. He never expected to win anything even closely resembling political office.
    Why does he stay in? To sell books and DVDs.
    This is very simple stuff.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
  92. Hazel Bibile

    Because Millionaire Romney is paying him under the table! People are either going to vote for Romney or they're not. If not that leaves splitting the votes between Gingrich & Santorum.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  93. David in Georgia

    One word...narcissism!

    March 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  94. Pete in Florida

    Wake up, folks. Newt is staying in the race on Romney's behest, in order to keep Santorum from overtaking Romney. He'll be rewarded after Mitt moves into the White House; maybe with an ambassadorship to the moon?

    March 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  95. Denise

    You are wrong Jack...He knows exactly what he is doing.
    He will have leave behind a good legacy.
    .One that proves he tried to stop the biggest liar to ever run for president from running our country...HE TRIED but nobody would listen.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  96. Lisa in California

    I think it is just too fun watch the GOP squrim

    March 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  97. Gay Hollingshead

    Newt's ego won't let him admit he is a has been but could try out for the doughboy and his wife could be Barbie!!!

    March 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  98. Greg McCarthy

    Jack, lol. Newt wants to build a colony on the moon? This would be a great time for him to go ahead and scout the region for us. THAT is at least within his version of reality. Greg M. FL

    March 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  99. Nick Ohio

    He's in it for the fun. It's not his money he's throwing around to campaign, and he knows that none of the current GOP candidates have no chance of winning against Obama. Do they quit? No, and neither is Newt.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  100. Dan from Stewartstown PA

    In reality, the biggest problem is that Newt is in love with Mrs. Gingrich's husband.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  101. Tom from Des Moines

    He wants to go down in history by being tied to the main mast as he goes down with the Republican ship. Call him Ishmael.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:23 pm |
  102. Jerry in Alaska

    He hopes Americans will realize that we can't take 10 more months of what we have, or another 4 years of like minded people as in Obama or Romney either and come to realize we need another way foreward.
    What part don't you understand of we are still Free and can do what we want For Now, even Newt.
    Leave him alone & pick on the One that will force us all to eat Broccali if reelected.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:24 pm |
  103. Zack Dean

    He just wants to continue his stupidity along with the rest.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  104. Vaughn Samuel

    Newt face reality?? Where do you want him to start? Newt has been so disillusioned for so long that facing reality would require a time machine. Isn't that why he wants a moon colony by the end of his "second term"?

    March 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  105. Gail, Plano TX.

    Because, Jack, he's old and does not have a life. He is not interesting or scary any more. His days of terrorizing his constituents are over. U said it right, Jack, he is totally pathetic!

    March 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  106. Renee, Illinois

    Remember when he first got into the race and we kept hearing how those who had worked closely with him were terrified at the prospect of a Gingrich presidency? I think we are now seeing why. For Newt it's not about what's best for his party. It's not about what's best for the country, or the American people. For Newt, it's all about what's best for Newt. We've already seen it in his personal life; when one woman doesn't satisfy he moves on to the next. Why isn't he quitting? He doesn't have another country to move on to.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
  107. Name*brad

    Why won't Newt face reality? Because he's consistent.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  108. pamela holt

    clint eastwood said it best; he's a legend in his own mind....

    March 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  109. Brian in Greenville, NC

    Why isn't the same said to Ron Paul? I guess since Newt Gingrich actually has/had a chance, somehow it hurts his legacy and not the legacy of Ron Paul? I think Newt Gingrich has faced the reality that so long as Paul is in the race, he has just a right to be in too. I just don't get it!

    March 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  110. Rich, Los Angeles, CA.

    His grandiose ideas keep him 'larger than life', why face "reality" when you’re stuck on the moon… station; playing with a Romney-sketch.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  111. madskiguy43

    Easy, Jack. Newt wouldn't know reality if it nested in his hair. From the unemployed buying drugs with their
    checks to Planned Parenthood being an abortion mill, it's obvious this man has been in Washington far too long.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  112. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    Porky Pig Newt isn't smart enough to figure out that the people of the United States don't want a jerk like him as President, Vice President, Concressman, Janitor or Gardener, take a hint Newt you're used up and no one wants you for anything. Get it.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  113. Denise

    IF Romney were to run our country...Newt's legacy will be infamous!

    He is making it blatantly clear he tried to stop the 1% train wreck and nobody would listen!

    His will be known as the man that tried to stop a the worst could be President and nobody would listen! I don't want him to drop out! I hate the idea of Romney being nominated.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  114. Mark, Nashua NH

    This is a man who dreams of moon colonies, giant mirrors in space and thinks of himself as a family man despite the fact he makes Bill Clinton look like Ward Cleaver. What else needs to be said?

    March 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  115. David Masters

    Ego, sheer ego, which most politicians have an overabundance of. He's so convinced that he's the only choice that he's not about to drop out. He thinks he's God's gift to politics (no wait, that's Santorum), and that the Presidency actually /needs/ him. Even Palin and Bachmann – I can't believe I'm saying this – were smart enough to see the way things were going and drop out. - David, NH

    March 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  116. richard brinker , mi

    jack he is a career politician , find me one who knows what reality is.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  117. jayhuehn

    60% want Newt to get out of the race means 40% want him to stay in the race. Romney typically gets less than 40% of the vote in primaries, meaning at least 60% are against him. You also said "the primaries are supposed to determine the nominee, not the convention". OK–so why should Newt pull out when half of the people have yet to vote in the primaries? Your logic fails. btw-delegates determine the nominee, not the primaries. Read the RNC and GOP state convention rules.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  118. John in Ogden Utah

    It's his super-human EGO. We've seen his immense arrogance on full display throughout the campaign...now we're watching as he faces the biggest challenge of his life: accepting the fact that America just doesn't like him.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm |
  119. patricia from Detroit

    Jack , Newt really cannot grasp how old and repulsive he is, and how plastic and repulsive his 3rd wife is. He thinks his shrewd intelligence will win voters , but noone really trusts his dangerous ego and old Washington politician con game. We the people can SEE the cage and won't get in.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  120. lindsay

    gingrich wont face reality because he is convinced he is going to win

    March 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  121. Chris

    "A person places themselves on a level with the ones they praise."
    – Johann Wolfgang Von Goethe
    ...Maybe this is why Newt currently finds himself alone?

    March 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  122. Steve

    This is a case in point why primary elections should be held nationally on a single day. Candidates should have opportunity to express their views both online and publically, as well as the opportunity to debate each other many times; and then, let's vote, all on the same day. The current system makes elections more about money than about the voters.

    Niceville, FL

    March 29, 2012 at 4:30 pm |
  123. howardclark

    Too much ego + too much "Newt speak" = too little reality

    March 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  124. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Newt's a smart guy, he knew in the beginning the odds were against him. The reality for Newt is he's accomplished what he wanted by introducing himself to the World as a changed man with a new wife, his two daughters standing by his side from a previous marriage and a big phony smile on his face. He'll write books with missing chapters of his life.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  125. roaringegotist

    The point is not whether a candidate stands a realistic chance of winning. What matters is that citizens hear as many voices as possible, and that peer pressure doesn't shove aside a choice simply because some people are annoyed. Though unlikely, Gingrich technically could win the nomination in a brokered convention.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:31 pm |
  126. Cliff Glass - East Rockaway, NY

    This was always a marketing venture, never a serious campaign. Seating begins now at $100,000 per table for the next lucky recipient of the Newt Gingrich freedom award

    March 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm |
  127. Sterling in Abilene, Texas

    For the same reason "cheap" grocery stores refuse to remove produce that is way past it's shelf life... The mentality is "If it's repackaged and left there, maybe it will sell."

    March 29, 2012 at 4:32 pm |

    Newt is the fat kid at the playground nobody wants to play with, so he's throwing a tantrum, and Newt is the guy at the bar, who will do everything he can to keep you from getting the chick, so he just wont go away, We all know this guy, now, Americans know this guy, and the fact that he wont go away is typical of republican politics, they are the party of the most inconsiderate types, of which, Newt, is at the front of the line.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  129. Lou S in Ohio

    Jack, Why is anyone surprised?. This entire nominating campaign has been like a poorly conceived reality show-just all too real...Actually, it seems more like a "My Momma's baby is your Daddy's brother so what does that make us?" Jerry Springer style family feud.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  130. Robert Stroney

    Reality is relative to whom you are, Jack. I tend to think Newt is on his way to the Moon and his wife has just found out some valuable news; there are "Tens of billions" of habitable places in the Galaxy and she wants to go to that planet that consists strictly of "diamonds" – adding, "Let's skip that MOON idea, Newt." ....

    March 29, 2012 at 4:34 pm |
  131. Josh in Morgantown, WV

    Why would any of us expect Newt, or any of these candidates to face reality? Let's not forget, this is the same guy who talked about building a colony on the moon.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:35 pm |
  132. Jennifer M in Winnipeg

    Jack, we all know that Newt dances to his own drummer .. and his drummer ain't no Gene Krupa! He'll do his own thing no matter what other people think. He's ultimately going to crash and burn but in his mind he will have tried he's damndest. It's sad really.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  133. Res from Vancouver

    Quit? But he's the candidate of big ideas such as "I will be the nominee" or "I will be the next President of the United States". Actually, his so-called big ideas are always couched the same way: "We need to totally rethink our approach to (fill in blank here)". He never actually says what the new approach would be. I wish he would totally rethink his approach to this campaign and get out.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
  134. Bill N

    Bribery and corruption are equal opportunity employers for all!

    March 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  135. Rick in PA

    Jack, maybe Newt would leave this presidential race if he found a younger, more attractive one. Or perhaps he would leave if he found out it was diagnosed with cancer.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  136. jayhuehn

    60% who want Newt to withdraw means 40% don't. Romney, typically, can't get 40% of the vote in primaries. That means at least 60% don't vote for him. You said "the nominee is supposed to be selected by the primaries, not at the convention". Only half of the primaries have voted. That means half of them are still left to vote. Your logic borders on stupidity. btw-the primaries don't determine the nominee, delegates from state conventions to the National convention do. Read the RNC and various state convention rules. Not all delegates are bound to a candidate, and after the first ballot, delegates can change. Why won't the media tell the truth?

    March 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  137. Mark in Houston

    When the ego is so large that reality is no longer part of your makeup...sanity takes a walk. Who knows, this guy may still be running for office after the general elections are cold news.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:37 pm |
  138. marybeth, massachusetts


    Because there's no reality, only perception, and Newt's perception, however delusional and clueless it may be, is that he still has a chance. Ego plays a role too....Newt's ego rivals the egos of high profile and multi-millionaire sports stars...Newt's ego tells him that he is the Greatest, that the Republican party can't function without him, that the Republican base wants him, that the media adores him.

    You in the media are contributing to the creation of the Newt Monster. To Newt, any attention, even negative, is better than no attention, so every time the media gives him an outlet, follows him around like a puppy lapping up his words, reporting and replaying everything he says, he's encouraged.

    All that said, it is up to Newt to decide whether, when, and/or how to drop out of the race. If he wants to persist until Tampa, so be it. Romney hasn't won, so if Newt wants to stay in, even if it is to create chaos at the convention, that's his right and his choice. Last time I checked, the VOTERS determine who wins the primaries, not the heads of the Republican party. The nominee isn't appointed, unless the rules have changed and the primaries are merely there to be a distraction or entertainment, and the heads of the party crown the nominee.

    Newt can stay in the race for as long as he wants, and he can keep talking. Everytime he speaks he reinforces the idea that the democrats are the ones who are sane and who want to fix what's broken.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
  139. Maryanne

    I am no fan of Newt believe me! Pathetic is a strong word, one I would save for describing the media"s general trend towards opinion rather than fact...

    March 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  140. Peter, Tarrytown, N.Y.

    He's delusional? I think he thinks he's Sally Fields. Remeber "I haven't had an orthodox career, and I've wanted more than anything to have your respect. The first time I didn't feel it, but this time I feel it, and I can't deny the fact that you like me, right now, you like me!" Newt, no we don't!

    March 29, 2012 at 4:42 pm |
  141. el don Rodrigo

    Hey Jack, it's as simple as ABC. Arrogance, Belligerence and of course Conceitedness! By the way he takes away the "Grand" employs the "Old" and eliminates reason to "Party."

    el don Rodrigo
    San Jose, CA

    March 29, 2012 at 4:43 pm |
  142. Milton in Alexandria, VA

    I don't know why Newt wont quit. I believe its probably stubbornness, ego and spite. But my question is why is this question asked about Newt and not Ron Paul?

    March 29, 2012 at 4:46 pm |
  143. Cres from Florida

    Hey Jack,

    Can you spell C L U E L E S S ???

    March 29, 2012 at 4:47 pm |
  144. Nora H G Corpus Christi

    This man is a legend in his own mind. I think it is hard for him to come to terms with the fact that as bad as Romney is (Mr Car Elevator) he is worse. Not an easy thing to admit to one's self. Newt you must hear the fat lady singing, Come On!!!

    March 29, 2012 at 4:50 pm |
  145. Donald in North Carolina

    I believe Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney are working together to minimize the electoral votes for Santorum. This will give Romney a big enough lead needed to clinch the republican nomination. I believe this is how our politicians are working together to ensure a campaign victory. It’s not a fair playing field! Who know, Gingrich may be a part of the Romney administration if he is elected….It would not suprise me

    March 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm |
  146. DES

    I think it's a shame that people have not responded to Newt's message.
    For me, he is a far better candidate than either Romney or Santorum.
    I am afraid that Obama becomes a likely choice when confronted w/ the option of either Romney or Santorum.

    Lets face it , Santorum lost all credibility when he slams Romney as worse than Obama then says he gladly be his VP.

    March 29, 2012 at 4:53 pm |