A reason for Newt Gingrich to stay in the race

Over at the Washington Post, Chris Cillizza has a worth-reading take on whether Newt Gingrich should withdraw from the GOP presidential contest. He says no – not yet:

If Gingrich can win in Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana — and, to be clear, that’s a big “if” — he will have stockpiled enough delegates in the most reliably Republican region in the country to give himself a bit of bargaining power with the eventual nominee.

…If he holds out and can score wins in the deep South over the next three weeks — not entirely out of the question — then Gingrich is in a position to cut a deal with Romney who will be looking for ways to consolidate support and close out the nomination by then.

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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View From Midtown

March 7th, 2012
3:28 pm

A deal for what exactly? Romney won’t put Newt on the ticket. He’s not even crazy enough to offer him a cabinet post.

Centrist

March 7th, 2012
3:34 pm

Accurate blog post linked on Drudge (which some liberal partisans here will deny):

Romney Scores Big Win; Press Fails to Notice

Mitt Romney won a crushing victory Tuesday, winning twice as many states as Rick Santorum and more that two and half times as many delegates, but his triumph is being portrayed in headlines across the nation as sign of weakness and failure.
Romney is being widely panned by the press for an “inability to close the deal,” and yet the description seems far more apt for Santorum, who now has blown huge leads in the most critical contests of recent weeks, Ohio and Michigan. If anything, the more voters look at Santorum, the more concerned they become and less likely they are to sign on the dotted line.

Worse for Santorum, he will continue for the foreseeable future to split the most conservative votes with Newt Gingrich – who stays in after winning Georgia – and with Ron Paul, who would remain in the race until 2018 if he could. And Romney has a war chest that will swamp Santorum in the upcoming air wars for closely contested states.

And yet, despite all the evidence Romney largely vanquished his rivals Tuesday night, here are some of the headlines this morning:

Wall Street Journal: Romney Ekes Past Santorum in Ohio

New York Times: With No Knockout Punch, a Bruising Battle Plods On

Los Angeles Times: Battle in Ohio Reinforces GOP Divide; Romney’s Slim Victory Leaves Race Uncertain

USA Today: Romney, Santorum See Momentum

CNN: No Knockout Blow for Romney

Reuters: Romney Narrowly Wins Ohio, Fails to Knock Out Santorum

You get the idea.

There are several reasons for this.

All reporting is now sports reporting. Reporters love a battle and they love to go on TV and rave about how exciting everything is. And editors seek a bracing and never-ending storyline because it draws readers and ultimately pleases their corporate bosses, who want to sell papers and generate pageviews.

And reporters also tend to be moderate to liberal. Bloodletting among Republicans at some level is agreeable to many of them.
That Romney is in all likelihood on the march toward nomination will probably soon become too apparent for any serious journalist to deny.

sheepdawg

March 7th, 2012
3:34 pm

so the test is to see if alabama and mississippi votes are as stupid as south carolina and ga? even odds i’d say

catlady

March 7th, 2012
3:39 pm

Maybe Newt and Callista will be sent to Somalia as ambassador and mrs.

Hazel

March 7th, 2012
3:41 pm

Romney Scores Big Win; Press Fails to Notice

Hardly. As I recall, the “moderate to liberal” press made much of the groups that Obama/Clinton did or didn’t carry in 2008. He’s been running for 6 years, he has tons of money, and he is squeaking by. That is news-worthy.

WOW

March 7th, 2012
3:44 pm

I’ll share my conspiracy theory, Adelson has said that he will not support Santorum, but he will eventually support Romney. So he makes his last contribution to Newt so that Newt remains in the race to keep Santorum from winning the nomination, therefore ensuring a Romney victory.

Just Wait

March 7th, 2012
3:48 pm

If Newt were to be Romney’s running mate, it would Dick Cheney reincarnated.

Ga Values Ron Paul for Peace & Prosperity

March 7th, 2012
3:51 pm

I vored for the only real CONSERVATIVE… Ron Paul

Marlboro Man

March 7th, 2012
4:00 pm

He’s delusional at best, won 2 out of 20 something. Money must be involved somehow.

dixiedemons

March 7th, 2012
4:03 pm

Stay in the race. republiCons will vote for which ever white guy wins the nomination. He has nothing to lose by staying the race until the convention.

honested

March 7th, 2012
4:08 pm

Noots should pull out his secret weapon.

Have callista throw her head back and swallow a rabbit just like on “v”.

East Cobb RINO

March 7th, 2012
4:20 pm

Newt wants a prime time speaking slot at the convention to talk about the details of his moon colony and how it will be paid for despite the billions in revenue lost from Mitt’s tax cuts to the wealthy. How to pay for it? How to pay for it? How to pay for it? How to pay for it? How to pay for it? BONDS! AKA debt. But I suppose Repulsivecan debt is different than other kinds of debt so they would not count it.

Stop...Just Stop

March 7th, 2012
4:40 pm

Please, please, please!!! Stop the whining and crying like babies over “media bias”. It is not the cause of every issue that plagues the right wing. It really isn’t.

It’s old, it’s tired, and things just aren’t all that bad. If the media bias really exists you have a virtual lock on talk radio and FoxCorp at your disposal to act as a counter.

But your incessant whining and crying is just worn out and makes you all look like spoiled children to pretty much everyone else.

td

March 7th, 2012
4:47 pm

Stop…Just Stop

March 7th, 2012
4:40 pm

“It is not the cause of every issue that plagues the right wing. It really isn’t.”

No but it the reason Obama’s approval rating is not around 30%.

Stop...Just Stop

March 7th, 2012
4:51 pm

td,

Dry your eyes widdle one. If you’re good I’ll buy you a mocking bird.

Cry baby

Centrist

March 7th, 2012
5:01 pm

Stop…Just Stop is the first liberal partisan here to deny the media bias. I expected to hear from more stuck pigs.

honested

March 7th, 2012
5:03 pm

td,

Maybe President Obama’s approval rating is just above 50% because despite constant derision from the overwhelmingly ‘conserrrrvative’ media, JUST OVER 50% OF AMERICANS APPROVE OF THE JOB HE IS DOING.

Couldn’t it.

honested

March 7th, 2012
5:11 pm

centrist,

I seem to notice it is mostly the ‘con’ media that is discounting romney’s obvious lock on second place in November.

They seem not to like him so much but they just can’t hold their breath and make him go away.

CobbGOPer

March 7th, 2012
5:17 pm

I love how it’s just total opposites arguing past each other:

“The media is LIBERAL!”

“NO, the media is CONSERVATIVE!”

CobbGOPer

March 7th, 2012
5:17 pm

You people conduct a most useless dialogue.

Stop...Just Stop

March 7th, 2012
5:22 pm

Centrist,

I’m not questioning it as much as I am pointing out that your constant crying and whining over it is unseemly for an adult. Grow up already and get over it. One of the reasons it is so hard to take you seriously is your predictability……

1) Someone on the right screws up
2) Galloway or others or others report on it
3) You cry baby’s blame the messenger

So stop….just stop. Don’t make me come back there.

jconservative

March 7th, 2012
5:31 pm

Drudge has endorsed Romney and will give Romney favorable coverage.

Newt will stay in the race because there is no reason to get out. Someone else is paying the bills and he gets to do what he enjoys, feeding his ego.

Besides the world is coming to an end in December anyway.

Red

March 7th, 2012
5:31 pm

Approval rating just above 50%? Honested, what pipe are you smoking from?

And Centrist – crushing victory? Seriously? Crushing? He’s running against an inept field and still has not clinched. One of his victories was due to the two leading opponents not even being on the ballot. Two other states were one of his own home states and a neighboring state. Another was a caucus stacked with Mormons. He had to go negative and dump half his cash into Ohio to barely beat nutty Santorum. The only thing crushing is Mitt’s faltering ego.

honested

March 7th, 2012
5:36 pm

red,

Check the average at RCP (just because of the ease of access) and then look at the individual polls and you will see that only the ‘usually wrong suspects’ are the only ones that do not show the President at 50% approval rating or better.
I know the wrong wing dislikes the guy intensely, but you don’t seem to realize the wrong wing is shrinking every day!

ld

March 7th, 2012
5:40 pm

honestead,

:-)

Newt will need to flip her “on” switch first.

ld

March 7th, 2012
5:42 pm

Midtown,

the deal is to be mayor of that moon colony?

ld

March 7th, 2012
5:43 pm

jconservative (5:31)

ya just hit the nail on the head

Going right

March 7th, 2012
5:44 pm

Centrist: “And reporters also tend to be moderate to liberal.”
I’m sure it would take less than a minute to list any journalist (and I use that term loosely) whose writing is “moderate.” You are correct in you depiction of them as being the “cheerleader” types (my words), and that they are paid to deliver the goods, i.e., sell newspapers. We here in the Atlanta area have been fed an overly-aggressive plate full of innuendo, speculation and pure guesswork by the likes of the AJC; Jim Galloway being the epitomy of a “Poster Boy” for that group.

ld

March 7th, 2012
5:53 pm

Romney wants to win, therefore,

Newt likely will NOT be VP or in cabinet– maybe ambassador
(but wouldn’t he just love Sec of Defense or something in the “intelligence” field!?!)

Professionally, likely because the Obama election taught Romney it is best to skip those votes in Congress that can be used against him, he now seems to feel the only upward mobility for him to achieve is for him to become president.

Ever ambitious, let’s hope that if Romney wins the nomination and presidency that his mindset will be on history and he will use his considerable leadership skills to make the USA better for the majority of working Americans w/o making it an embarrassment w/regard to it’s treatment of the elderly, children and those others that did work and still want to but cannot work, specifically including but not limited to our veterans.

feel his running mate will be either Latino and/or a seriously religious right-wing-nut.

BRW

March 7th, 2012
5:56 pm

Going right………….over a cliff, The media here and everywhere pretty much states the facts. The things you don’t want to hear, even when true, make it look slanted in your eyes. Facts are facts. Deal with them or quit reading.

honested

March 7th, 2012
5:58 pm

BRW,

Agreed.
Just tell me what is happening.
Don’t stop to worry about an ‘effect on the share price’ that might occur if the Public finds out the facts.

Just sayin’.

DannyX

March 7th, 2012
5:59 pm

“We here in the Atlanta area have been fed an overly-aggressive plate full of innuendo, speculation and pure guesswork by the likes of the AJC; Jim Galloway being the epitomy of a “Poster Boy” for that group.”

Then stop whining and start your own paper. Why do you feel you have an entitlement? Free market. Free press.

honested

March 7th, 2012
6:05 pm

Or, you could just read kyle wingnut every day, even though it wouldn’t tell you anything about what was really going on.

Centrist

March 7th, 2012
6:34 pm

Some replies to the above – I will continue to mention the liberal bias of the media and especially point it out when it is done via this blog. Only the most partisan liberals say the mainstream media is conservative. Talk radio and some websites, and on cable TV Fox has conservative spots – the vast bulk of the media is left or far left.

Romney’s win yesterday as well as his previous lead is “crushing”. He has more than double of the delegates than all contenders combined, and will maintain at least that double lead over his nearest rival until he secures the nomination. It is rare that at this early point in the primary/caucus calendar that a candidate has already secured the nomination. Plenty of nomination conventions have gone more than one ballot in the past (and the leader usually wins on subsequent ballots), but it is not likely to go past the first ballot this year.

honested

March 7th, 2012
7:00 pm

centrist,

Your argument may work, until you ask someone who agrees with you (not a polemicist, just some rink off the street) what they actually mean by ‘liberal media’. You will get twitching blank eyes and maybe some babble reflecting what they heard on am radio, but most people I have ever asked to define their complaint CAN’T.

To the second point, ‘crushing’ will define the Obama victory over the magic underwear candidate in November.

honested

March 7th, 2012
7:03 pm

centrist,

I just can’t help myself but this is one place where we might agree.

Many who whine here would suggest that failure by Mr. Galloway to jump to the defense of the SBC or to hail the unconstitutional attempt to criminalize abortion would point to a ‘liberal bias’.
Instead of seeing it clearly as a bias toward the law.

DannyX

March 7th, 2012
7:08 pm

Google “Drudge Romney bias”

281,000 links.

“Centrist” wants the media to be biased to favor his candidate.

Drudge is being accused by many conservatives of a bias that favors Romney. Drudge is of course is a very conservative website. Funny, “Centrist” just posted a Drudge column today on Jim’s blog.

missmollie

March 7th, 2012
7:39 pm

Santorum left last night before Romney was declared the winner in Ohio. He KNEW… It is interesting
that Romney carried the women and Catholic vote when two of the candidates are Catholic. I am the first to admit that MR has been battle scarred by NG anf RS plus the elite biased media (MSNBC –
plus several others. —yellow journalists. i.e. Rev Al Sharpton.trying to become the next MLK… …they don’t even try to hide their bias broadcasting 24/7….Newt will stay in the race as long as he has the price of a plane ticket from primary to primary. He and RS just didn’t do their homework by not getting certified in Va and several other states. Pain is an opportunist; she, BHO and Newt love “center stage”…every time I turn on the TV…there they are.)free press…. Newt & Callista didn’t even vote…what a pair???

missmollie

March 7th, 2012
7:54 pm

P S Palin is a opportunist. The train has left the station and Romney is the engineer….He just needs
to stay in the driver’s seat and watch out for landmines on the tracks as he heads into Ala, Miss and La. Newt thinks he has Tex sewed up based on Perry’s endorsement but remember Barbara Bush has endorsed MR….Her agenda is more than likely Jeb B, her son. Newt may not make it to Tex. Is it likely that the incumbent may make Hiliary his running mate???? A possibility???

Eli

March 7th, 2012
8:50 pm

So…what Chris is saying that Newt should stay in because he can win republican states, but not moderate or democratic states.

How is that supposed to help anybody in a General Election?

This, my friends, is why advocates make terrible prognosticators.

Madison

March 7th, 2012
8:52 pm

Okay, the NYT express way too much doubt about Romney’s Super day. But, otherwise,I don’t know what news outlet some of you were watching, but CBS and CNN, and Fox for that matter all said, for all practical purposes took the nomination last night. They’re analysis of the strength of his support, however, expressed more concern. Legitimately, I think.
I see it a little differently than most of them. The fact that Romney’s strength is in urban centers, could cut one of two ways. One: Obama won with strong numbers in urban centers and was weak in the rural, less populous areas. This could mean that Romney can take on Obama in the urban areas winning the growing number of independents there and win the rural areas who would vote for Elmer Fudd over Obama. The second take? Since urban areas are the strongest Democratic areas, Obama takes them again and the rural areas don’t matter.

Eli

March 7th, 2012
9:36 pm

Romney’s strength in the primaries lies in urban areas. He will not win these areas in the general election.

Romney’s biggest strength is that he is not Santorum (he is neither Ron Paul nor Newt, but they are such losers that no comparison should be necessary). Conventions can be brokered and I am nearly certain the GOP would rather broker a convention to nominate Romney than embarrass the party by allowing voters to nominate Santorum. After the Palin fiasco and the bond downgrade the GOP can not afford a fascist embarrassment like Santorum.

Romney has nothing to worry about unless, as they say in the South, he is caught in bed with a boy or a black girl.

Anthony

March 7th, 2012
11:50 pm

Newt hasn’t bowed out because he knows Romney and Santorum can’t close the deal with Obama. No one would sit in the barbecue like he’s done merely for ego. Newt’s staying in because he truly believes he knows where America’s heading and he’s trying to get her back on track and I hope and trust him to do it!

missmollie

March 8th, 2012
11:13 am

Newt & Santorum are unemployed. Romney is retired. The first two are running on “someone else’s dime”…Newt has a good chance to beat RS in Ala, Miss, La and maybe Tex???? What does he have to lose…after all he is promoting his/Callista’s books and gaining free press for their books. He can always go back to teaching on the college level. Don’t think he will ever move back to Ga??? Eli you have great insight into this GOP race. Don’t think MR will ever consider RS or Newt for any post….like kerosene and water…just won’t mix. MR needs to concentrate on TEX, IMO.

Carole

March 8th, 2012
1:07 pm

If the media is so biased, then why did the always refer to Super Tuesday as a Republican Primary? I know several Democrats who were unaware that they needed to go vote because there was nothing else on the ballot. Fortunately I put out the word and for a few days before the election and had others do so as well. Thanks Social Media!

Carole

March 8th, 2012
1:11 pm

Eli
Romney has nothing to worry about unless, as they say in the South, he is caught in bed with a boy or a black girl.

++++++++

I thought the saying was nothing to worry about unless you’re caught in bed with a live boy or a dead woman.

I guess your version is said in “secret places.”

MrLiberty

March 8th, 2012
1:26 pm

If he stays in the race a bit longer, he might run into another cute blonde he can replace Calista with. Just think of how many more votes that would get him from the evangelicals that supported him on Tuesday.

missmollie

March 8th, 2012
3:39 pm

You can always tell a “smart mouth” but you can’t tell him/her much???