NEWT WON’T BUDGE

The Washington Times Daily - - Politics -

Aside from nudges from cam­paign ri­vals, the num­ber of big public calls for Re­pub­li­can pres­i­den­tial hopeful Newt Gin­grich to drop out of the 2012 race and throw his sup­port to Rick San­to­rum are ac­tu­ally few. But such de­mands fix­ate the press, ever ea­ger to con­front Mr. Gin­grich and shout, “When? When? When will you leave?”

In re­cent weeks, Na­tional Re­view has sug­gested he exit the cam­paign trail. San­to­rum ad­viser Joe Braben­der has said the same, as has Stu­art Roy, a point man at the San­to­rum­friendly Red, White and Blue Fund su­per PAC. Long­time con­ser­va­tive maven Richard Viguerie also has joined the cho­rus.

“Look­ing at last night’s num­bers, it has be­come in­creas­ingly clear that the for­mer speaker can ei­ther be a king­maker or a spoiler,” Mr. Viguerie ob­serves. “Such a decision would not be easy for Newt and the loyal band that has kept his cam­paign alive through its many ups and downs. How­ever, a united con­ser­va­tive move­ment is per­haps the only thing that can pre­vent a Rom­ney nom­i­na­tion and the de­ba­cle of four more years of an Obama pres­i­dency.”

And Mr. Gin­grich’s an­swer? Ac­tions speak way louder than words. He will be cam­paign­ing in four states in the next 48 hours. and Rick San­to­rum is yet to win among Catholics in any state where exit polling was con­ducted,” says an in­stant anal­y­sis from the Pew Forum on Re­li­gion and Public Life, which re­veals the sen­ti­ments of evan­gel­i­cals, Protes­tants, Catholics and other faith­ful folk.

The many find­ings are ex­cru­ci­at­ing and com­plex, but telling. See for your­self here: projects.pew­fo­rum.org.

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