NEWT WON’T BUDGE
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.