After coming in second to Santorum in the Mississippi and Alabama primaries, more people are wondering why Gingrich doesn’t concede. They say that he doesn’t have a chance in hell of getting the GOP nomination.
It should appear obvious to anyone keeping score that Romney has racked up a sizable lead in delegates, and Santorum is not very far behind. So, why doesn’t Gingrich quit?
Santorum now claims that he is the true “anti-Romney” and therefore, the “true conservative” in the GOP race. Claiming it doesn’t make it so, however. Most observers would agree that Santorum is the strongest “social” conservative candidate. Recent events have served to reinforce his strength in that area, but his newfound popularity will prove to be short-lived.
Here’s why—as important as social values are to conservatives, the overwhelming issues in this presidential election are the economy, jobs, and the over-reach of the government into every aspect of business and our lives. Gas prices in particular are forcing all of these issues back into the national debate. Santorum is simply the weakest major GOP candidate to turn the economy around. He means well, but we don’t have time to find out if he can deliver what the country needs.
To roughly two-thirds of the GOP electorate, Romney is too moderate and has a history of flip-flopping. They cite RomneyCare as a big reason for disqualifying him from consideration. Many call him the “L” word, a liberal. Six years of campaigning for President have helped him, if only to make him a more familiar and more comfortable choice as the GOP nominee. But he can’t seem to “close the deal”, as many conservatives say.
That leaves Newt Gingrich. You have to wonder why he stays in the race. Some say he just wants revenge against Romney. In the end that might be one of the outcomes, but that is not Gingrich’s primary motivation.
Maybe it’s an ego thing, but when you think more about it and consider what he says in his speeches and examine his career, he’s not running for President to satisfy his ego.
Ever since leaving Congress, Gingrich has built a successful career as an historian and as an author. Why would he want to submit himself to the gauntlet of running for the most difficult office in the country at his age and level of success?
The only answer that comes to mind is, “love of country”. Gingrich genuinely wants to help the country return to what made us great to begin with. To do that, he must win the GOP nomination. That seems unlikely until you examine the playing field.
As he pointed out yesterday, two-thirds of primary voters don’t think Romney is conservative enough or is the right candidate in spite of all Romney has going for him. In the Alabama and Mississippi primaries, Gingrich garnered nearly as many votes as Santorum. Gingrich believes Santorum’s momentum will subside now as economic issues retake the national debate, and that Romney will continue to struggle and is likely to lose some of the upcoming winner-take-all contests. In that case, no candidate will have the required 1144 delegates at the opening of the Republican Convention.
Gingrich has a brilliant mind and because of his experience, he possesses a unique perspective on the country’s problems and can see what needs to be done. More importantly, he knows how. As an historian and former Speaker, who better to understand how to go about it?
Newt Gingrich believes so strongly that he is the best person to lead the country that he is willing to go all the way and fight for the nomination at the convention. Despite his so-called baggage, he may have what the country needs, right now.
So many are afraid of losing to Obama that they are willing to rush the process just so they can claim they have chosen “a” candidate early and given him adequate time to prepare for the tough general election.
Others would argue that we should let the process play out. After all, are two-thirds of Republican voters to be ignored?