Nomination Excitations: Newt At The Crossroads
I have stayed out of this whole ‘it’s time x GOP candidate pull out of the race’ thing because I saw it as a positive that a lot of issues of various kinds and types were being aired-out. Besides hearing some interesting approaches to the problems we face, I found it damn interesting to watch the reactions of conservatives, Libertarians, and the Republican Establishment to the candidates’s behaviors and histories. It told us a great deal about how The Culture had changed, how and what some people were willing to put up with in order to see their candidate succeed, how deeply Leftist Thinking had invaded the minds of those on the Right, and who ‘gets it’ and who doesn’t have a clue that this country is at The Crossroads, where the choice is proceeding down the path towards the light of Truth, Morality, and Right Reason or turning [left] and walking side-by-side with The Devil, as it were.
The time for sustaining this attitude, however, has now ended.
As many have pointed out, if you do the math, Willard Mitt Romney is heavily favored now, more so than ever, to get a sufficient number of delegates to receive the GOP Nomination. It is also true that the continued presence of both Newton Leroy Gingrich and Richard John Santorum in the race is one of the main factors in supporting Willard’s growing pillar of inevitability.
It’s time for one of them to go.*
And Newt Gingrich is the one who should drop out.
In a comment on one of his own postings, in response to friend’s pro-Newt comments, Stacy McCain makes the practical case against Newton Leroy staying in the race:
I don’t “hate” him, Jamie. But as a presidential candidate, Newt is utterly implausible. There is simply no way in hell a twice-divorced Republican, married to his former mistress — with whom he had an extramarital affair in the midst of the Clinton impeachment scandal — is going to be elected president of the United States.
Not going to happen. Period.
Gingrich’s rhetorical skills are admirable, but his biography makes him unelectable. This is just the reality of politics, and people who would like to ignore Newt’s biography are simply deluded.
It’s not a matter of policy or ideology. I don’t accuse Newt or his supporters of being insufficiently conservative. They are, however, insufficiently realistic about what it takes to succeed in presidential politics, and their admiration for Newt the Great Debater is blinding them to the unavoidable obstacle to Gingrich’s candidacy. Newt is wasting time and money (and his supporters are wasting their votes) on a campaign that was doomed from the outset.
These are, I assert, Neutral Objective Facts. You may dispute the facts, but I guarantee you that Newt Gingrich will not win the GOP nomination.
Not this year. Not ever.
Then there is the matter of Newton Leroy’s Narcissism. Granted, everyone who willingly runs for President has a touch of it, the question is: who has it under control and who has it in spades [I denounce myself as a raaaaacist].
Time and time again over his long career in public life, Newt has shown that his Narcissism is subject to breaking it’s restraints and raging forth in an unbridled ejaculation of self-regard, self-love, self-absorption, and overwhelming egocentricity.
While he is a great trench fighter, he is not worthy of a commander’s rank. He lacks the measured temperament to run anything. He lacks that Washington-like humility necessary to be an effective leader when things are going bad.
As long as he continues to stay in the race, the Not-Romney vote will continue to be split and Willard Mitt Romney will continue to roll-up unspectacular victories, like the proverbial turtle in the race against the hare. Fittingly, his capture of the nomination would be a bland affair, executed by a very uninspiring, humdrum, vanilla-souled technocrat who lacks vigor, muscularity and verve in his thinking, is a vapid and insipid bore in conversation, is awkward, dreary, and tiresome in his speech, all while living a life detached utterly from his fellow countrymen.
To quote Leo Amery speaking to Neville Chamberlain:
You have sat too long here for any good you have been doing. Depart, I say, and let us have done with you. In the name of God, go!
In the cold light of the morning, deep in your heart, you must know your continued presence in this race is damaging to the things you claim you stand for. Do the honorable thing, Newton Leroy Gingrich, and go…now.
UPDATE at 1735…Linked by Quin Hillyer – thanks!
*Now, it is no secret to regular readers of these Dispatches
that I endorsed Mr. Santorum a number of weeks ago. With
Sarah Palin’s refusal last Fall to enter the race, I had been
without a candidate who I could happily support. I was
leaning towards Herman Cain, but had not felt sufficiently
comfortable with him, still having a number of questions and
concerns regarding his beliefs, to say ‘He’s my man’ [my
vigorous defense of him against the scurrilous charges of
immoral behavior had nothing to do with any support for his
candidacy - it was a matter of honor]. But then, Mr. Cain
dropped out of the race, so the question became moot.
Looking at the candidate’s who were left in the race, I
eventually decided that I had been too harsh on Mr. Santorum
regarding some things and that he had learned from other
errors and made improvements. So, I came out for him.