Slow exit for Newt Gingrich
"What a difference a day made ... 24 little hours. ..."
Singer Dinah Washington was talking about finding her one true love. Newt Gingrich is singing the blues about giving up his one true hope: a successful shot at the presidency.
It was just Tuesday, while visiting the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, N.C., that the former Speaker of the House and presidential hopeful said it was too early to drop out of the race. This, despite multiple losses in the Republican primaries and caucuses and only two states ― South Carolina and Georgia ― handing him victories.
By Wednesday, Gingrich, although still his usual confident self, acknowledged that he was "rethinking" his campaign.
When Rick Santorum, who made a wide swath through the Southern states despite Gingrich's so-called (and wildly unsuccessful) Southern strategy, gave up his bid April 10, Gingrich saw his chance to hone his conservative skills as well as his ego.
He said then that Mitt Romney did not have a majority of the delegates "and I think it's a little bit presumptuous (to declare him the nominee). There's a big difference between being the front-runner and being inevitable."
But like it or not, Romney was then and is today, if not the official and universally embraced candidate for the Republicans in November, the inevitable one.
While Gingrich is likely to officially suspend his campaign next week don't expect any humility from the man who has never demonstrated even a grasp of the concept. Speaking in North Carolina after a few hours of "rethinking," he was still defiant and didn't cut Romney any slack.
"This guy has worked for six years, put together a big machine and has put together a serious campaign. I think obviously that I would be a better candidate but the objective fact is that the voters didn't think that."
This could be an uneasy alliance.
Gingrich likely lays his weary head down every night still dreaming that it is he who is basking in the glow of sweeping five primaries and heading for Florida and the Republican convention to accept the nomination.
But for now, he is, according to spokesman R.C. Hammond, "laying out plans how as a citizen he can best help stop (an) Obama second term and win congressional majorities."
This article was published and distributed by Scripps Howard News Service.