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GINGRICH ACTUALLY THINKS HE’S STILL IN THE RACE FOR PRESIDENT
April 17 2012
Washington, D.C. – Fortunes are always a transitory thing in politics. They rise and fall constantly and what was popular one minute may be anathema the next. That’s the way politics tends to be, fairly or unfairly, rational or irrational.
For the people who play in the game that reality is something they simply have to deal with. There is no way to avoid such ups and downs and arguing against them is not only foolish, but can also sometimes result in career suicide. That is especially true when your career is already in its twilight, when your opportunities are already drying up. Fighting the inevitable can, in those cases, just make you look like a fool.
Human nature being what it is, though, sometimes it’s hard to do the smart thing when it comes in conflict with what you want to do. For Newt Gingrich that is no doubt an issue right now as he continues to fight for the Republican nomination for President despite having no money and being mathematically out of the race, confident that he is going to win despite everyone’s expectations.
“It’s interesting, in Colorado this weekend, the delegates chosen were 13 for Romney and 23 not for Romney, and I don’t think any of the national news media picked it up yet. The inevitability train didn’t seem to get across the Rockies,” Gingrich told CBS News. “If Mitt Romney can earn 1144 delegates, then I’ll support him as the nominee, but I don’t think anyone has the obligation to give him the nomination.”
Of those 1144 delegates needed to win the nomination, Gingrich has 136 while Romney has 684. There are not 1000 more delegates left to win so Gingrich is technically out.
Ron Paul, who is still in the race as well, is mathematically out as well but is a little crazy.
“The only chance that Gingrich would have, the only remote possibility, is to block Romney from the 1144 and force an open convention but that is very, very unlikely. To do that he would need to win a ton of delegates still and no one seems to want to vote for him, which is why he is in the trouble he is in right now and that would seem to work against him getting enough to force the open convention, never mind still win it,” said Scrape TV Political analyst Gabriel Kinsey. “Of course he may still believe he has a chance. I’m not sure what Newt Gingrich’s position on math is but if he is opposed to it, it is possible that he believes he still has a shot. He could also be using his own form of math, likely a very bitter and angry version of math that only he really understands.”
Gingrich is also reportedly millions of dollars in debt, but again math.
“The race is over and you do have to wonder why exactly Gingrich is so eager to stay in. I can certainly understand that he sees this as his last shot because it is, but it is over. He lost, he’s out and he needs to accept that. Well, I guess he doesn’t need to but he should,” continued Kinsey. “Though it probably doesn’t matter one way or the other. This does let him continue to get press attention which he likes and it’s not like he’s got much to lose in the big picture because no one is hiring him for anything, particularly not math I would guess.”
Gingrich is also reportedly not fond of geography or phys ed.
Edward Bastil, Political Correspondent