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.