In light of yesterday’s editorial from National Review, I wanted to make a few comments. The piece says that it is now Santorum’s turn to battle Mitt Romney. They want Newt Gingrich to bow out of the race and allow the race to be head-to-head between Santorum and Romney.
Santorum has won more contests than Gingrich (who has won only one), has more delegates, and leads him in the polls. In at least one poll, he also leads Romney. It isn’t yet a Romney–Santorum contest, but it could be headed that way.
I disagree with this. While I despise Mitt Romney and think he is another RINO that the party is putting forth, I think it is crazy to ask a viable candidate, who has won a major state, to back out before Super Tuesday. Why have we some quickly in primaries asked candidates to quit? I understand the individuals that want to do so because they quickly realize they are not viable candidates and are wasting money. However, if an individual wants to forge on, what is this discouraged?
I think a brokered convention and a race all through the summer would help Republicans, not hurt them. The Obama machine would be unable to fully focus on an opponent, and the GOP would continue to get a large part of the news cycle and free press.
The editorial continues:
Gingrich’s verbal and intellectual talents should make him a resource for any future Republican president. But it would be a grave mistake for the party to make someone with such poor judgment and persistent unpopularity its presidential nominee. It is not clear whether Gingrich remains in the race because he still believes he could become president next year or because he wants to avenge his wounded pride: an ambiguity that suggests the problem with him as a leader.
Maybe I am clouded by my view of Speaker Gingrich. Is it crazy to continue to support a man that will be the most intelligent man in the room? I know he may say some things that are overly dramatic, but which of the remaining candidates could you see standing up like Reagan did in his famous speech saying, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall?” The only one I see doing this is Mr. Gingrich. Maybe National Review is right and his proper position is a prominent role in the administration, but let us wait until after Super Tuesday to see this.