Google+
Close

The Campaign Spot

Election-driven news and views . . . by Jim Geraghty.

Mitt the Winner, Newt the Whiner



Text  



Tonight, Newt Gingrich issued a statement reacting to the results of the Illinois primary:

“To defeat Barack Obama, Republicans can’t nominate a candidate who relies on outspending his opponents 7-1.  Instead, we need a nominee who offers powerful solutions that hold the president accountable for his failures.  Over the past few weeks, my $2.50 gas plan has shown how America could have cheaper gas, more jobs and greater national security while putting the White House on the defense over their anti-American energy policies.  This is the type of leadership I can offer as the nominee, and this campaign will spend between now and when the delegates vote in Tampa relentlessly taking the fight to President Obama to make this case.”

Everything Newt says may be true, but right now, Mitt Romney is winning 52 percent and Newt Gingrich is winning 7 percent.

Gingrich complains about Romney outspending his opponents, but it’s not like there’s some law that prevents him from going out and raising money, too.

Gingrich has been talking up this $2.50 per gallon plan for weeks now, at a time when Americans are rightly outraged about gas prices, and the former speaker can’t get any traction.

Gingrich has won two states, is apparently out of funds, and spent the weekend admiring the cherry blossoms at the Tidal Basin in Washington instead of campaigning in Illinois.

What is Gingrich adding to the campaign at this point? Besides issuing statements that the frontrunner’s most recent victories shouldn’t really count or are somehow not legitimate?


Tags: Mitt Romney , Newt Gingrich


Text  


Sign up for free NRO e-mails today:

Subscribe to National Review