Gingrich: Time to Drop Out

Newt Gingrich tried to overcome his spectacular but oft-checkered past and reinvent himself for a long-odds presidential run. At first, he kept to the high road and gained a considerable audience, people eager for someone who could take on the disastrous Barack Obama. But facing a brass-knuckle response from a Republican establishment that had parted ways with him years before (and from the usual suspects in the media), Gingrich decided that revenge is the better part of valor.

Gingrich gave it a good run, but it is clear that he has peaked and has no chance of defeating Mitt Romney. It is time for him to do the classy thing and drop out now. He needn’t endorse Romney, though. Rick Santorum has a more consistent record than does the mercurial Gingrich and deserves a chance to face Romney head to head; perhaps Newt should consider endorsing the former senator from Pennsylvania. This would give Republican voters a final chance to decide whether they want a conservative or a Romney.

About Stan Guthrie

Stan Guthrie is an editor at large for Christianity Today magazine and for the Chuck Colson Center for Christian Worldview. His latest book is God's Story in 66 Verses. He also is author of All that Jesus Asks: How His Questions Can Teach and Transform Us, Missions in the Third Millennium: 21 Key Trends for the 21st Century, and A Concise Guide to Bible Prophecy. He is co-author of The Sacrament of Evangelism. Besides authoring, writing, and editing books, Stan is a literary agent, bringing together good authors, good books, and good publishers. Stan writes the monthly Priorities colum for He has appeared on National Public Radio's €œTell Me More,€ WGN's Milt Rosenberg program, and many Christian shows, including The Eric Metaxas Show and Moody Radio'€™s €œNew Day Florida.€ A licensed minister and an inspirational speaker, he served as moderator for the Christian Book Expo panel discussion, Does the God of Christianity Exist, and What Difference Does It Make?
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