Yesterday, Newt Gingrich “suspended” his campaign for president, in the same sense that back in 1776 the British “suspended” Nathan Hale for spying. The campaign is dead, and with it whatever remaining hopes Gingrich had to be president.
In his speech, Gingrich offered a very tepid endorsement of Mitt Romney, whose campaign had said more than a few unkind things about the former speaker. Romney himself had called Gingrich’s behavior “highly erratic,” pointing out that “it does not suggest a stable, thoughtful course, which is normally associated with leadership.” Gingrich has been less than complimentary to Romney as well; in fact, the Obama campaign has released an ad featuring Newt’s repeated skewering of his party’s nominee.
So on Wednesday, Newt promised to work to elect Republican candidates for the House, Senate, staet governors and state legislatures.
“As for the presidency, I’m asked sometimes, is Mitt Romney conservative?” he continued. “And my answer is simple. Compared to Barack Obama? You know, this is not a choice between Mitt Romney and Ronald Reagan. This is a choice between Mitt Romney and the most radical leftist president in American history.”
All of which is prelude to this, from Shep Smith at Fox News after watching Newt’s withdrawal speech:
You ain’t so bad your own self, Shep.
– Jay Bookman