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The Speaker is about to call it quits…..
I’m Mike Fitzsimmons with commentary on 920-KXLY…….
Republican presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich, is starting to sound like a man defeated. His G.O.P. presidential hopes rest on the voters of Mississippi and Alabama. He absolutely needs a win in both of those primaries, but his chances are not looking good. In Jackson, Mississippi yesterday, a former state senator was brutally honest in his introduction of Gingrich before a less than half-full hotel ballroom. “I can tell you right now,” Lee Yancey said…”Newt is tired. He needs your prayers.” The once confident former House Speaker isn’t insisting he will make yet a third comeback in the race for the Republican nomination. His campaign aides admit that if he doesn’t win in Mississippi and Alabama, it will be hard to justify staying in the race.
Gingrich supporters are starting to see the writing on the wall. Newt Gingrich isn’t going to make a comeback. His opportunity has come and gone. The candidate they call the “smartest guy in the room”, has discovered that it takes more than the perception of high intelligence to win his party’s nomination.
Gingrich never had sufficient resources to build a ground game. He had to rely on his persuasive persona, his quick wit, and his sharp mind to compete. But formidable as those qualities are, what he needed was a campaign organization and the financial assets to maintain a steady media presence.
Newt Gingrich hoped to position himself as the conservative alternative to Mitt Romney. He has not achieved that distinction. Rick Santorum seems to have claimed that title. Now there is a growing sentiment that Newt Gingrich could best help the conservative cause by standing with Santorum. That is a bitter pill to for Gingrich to swallow, but I think he’s beginning to see it as his future role. Newt Gingrich will soon bow out of the Republican race.
With commentary on 920 – KXLY, I’m Mike Fitzsimmons
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