By Happy Carlock |
Should Newt drop out? Absolutely positively not.
Newt's new strategy is a simple one. He is going to deny Romney the nomination.
As Gingrich falls close to the point where it is almost impossible for him to win outright, he now changes his strategy.
Stopping Romney must be the paramount objective of all conservative Republicans. Gingrich is wrong when he calls Romney a "Massachusetts moderate." Romney is a liberal.
Romney is the weakest Republican "front-runner" in the last century. Romney has been running for president for seven years. Ever since he announced he was not running for re-election as Massachusetts governor, the presidency of the United States has been his single goal.
Romney had establishment backing, he had major donors giving him obscene amounts of cash, and it was "his turn."
Despite all of this, he cannot secure the nomination. The only reason Romney wins the elections he has won is that he was able to outspend his opponents. The fact that the new Newt strategy is even viable shows how weak Romney is.
Newt does the Republican Party and the conservative movement a great favor by staying in the race.
If Newt can stay in the race and pull enough votes to block the nomination of Romney, then the Republican Party has a chance this fall. We must select a conservative to take back the nomination and the White House.
Newt at this point must stay in the race. If the race goes down to a one-on-one race between Romney and Santorum, Romney will win. Despite Santorum thinking most of Newt's supporters would automatically back him if Gingrich were no longer in the race, that is not true. Some would peel off and vote for Romney, which could possibly give him the delegates he needs to win the nomination.
The only way we can stop a Romney nomination now is for Newt to stay in the race.
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