“I think you have to at some point be honest with what’s happening in the real world, as opposed to what you’d like to have happened.”
– Newt Gingrich
This is profound. Historically, this is a fundamental moment. Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the House and twice-divorced Catholic, has stepped boldly across the threshold. In rapidly developing fashion, Gingrich has summoned the strength to tackle an entirely foreign concept, one that has eluded his primary march to Tampa and eventual crowning as Republican nominee for president.
Reports are surfacing that the delegate-challenged candidate will be suspending his campaign next Tuesday, despite earlier declarations that he would ride it out through the summer. The golden chariot that Gingrich was to be carried into Tampa on has been put back in storage. The fiery speech is out for rewrites.
At 137 delegates, Gingrich is just 1,007 away from gaining a majority in the GOP contest (with 964 still up for grabs), but it appears that his team of mathematicians have calculated for the last time. The end result does not compute.
“I think obviously that I would be a better candidate, but the objective fact is the voters didn’t think that,” Gingrich said.
You have to admire the pure grit and determination of Newt Gingrich. Or, not. Rarely has an ego this large been presented on the national stage for such an extended period, to the horror and dismay of voters everywhere. Gingrich didn’t just insert himself into the race—he lustily forced his raging historian’s condescension upon unsuspecting primary states and bullied elite media types across the television spectrum.
Someone is going to miss him when he’s gone, and his initials are N.G.
The Gingrich Campaign had been counting on Delaware to boost his flagging chances, but yesterday’s primary in that state resulted in much the same way as the previous 40 or so had: a resounding defeat for Mr. Gingrich.
In typically charitable fashion, Newt conceded that he would “most likely” endorse the presumed nominee, Mitt Romney—but don’t hold him to it. Much like former part-time frontrunner Rick Santorum, Gingrich seems to begrudge the finality that such an endorsement would allow.
(Romney has to be tickled by Santorum’s equally charitable “endorsement” to date: “It’s very clear he’s going to be the Republican nominee. I’m going to be for the Republican nominee.”)
Gingrich will no doubt look back on those glorious few weeks in January with great humility and pride, when he was riding high and declaring himself the eventual nominee with profound certainty. He will perhaps cherish the attention he received from the demonized mainstream media and long for the chance to lecture just one more debate moderator, or fend off an attack from one of his ex-wives. And even though he realized it about three months later than most of us, it appears that Gingrich will now gently accept that the voting public’s choice has been made and support the nominee, Mitt Romney.
The ego has landed.
“We’re going to look realistically at where we’re at. We are going to think carefully about how we can be the most helpful to this country.”
One can only imagine what a “helpful” Newt Gingrich means for the American people.
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