Should Gingrich Step Aside to Spite Romney with Santorum?

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Gingrich Should Step Aside

In 1996, many conservatives were asking Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich to step aside in light of his admission of violating ethics rules. He obliged back then. Today, many of the same conservatives (and a lot of newer ones) are wondering if the same thing should happen. This time, it’s not about what he did wrong but about what Rick Santorum is doing right.

Despite the Republican Establishment’s insistence to back Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum is emerging as the best conservative contender to beat Romney and face President Obama in November. The biggest challenge he is facing isn’t coming from Romney, the Republican Establishment, or Ron Paul’s passionate followers. It is Gingrich who may be in the way.

In a turn of events after Tuesday’s three state sweep, many conservatives (myself included) have switched gears from asking Santorum to step aside. Gingrich’s victory in South Carolina gave him momentum going into Florida, but it faded quickly and Santorum split the conservative vote with him. As a result, Romney won.

We were calling for Santorum to do the right thing for his country and his party by blocking Romney, consolidating the conservative vote under Gingrich. He did not, and now we’re ready to ask the same of Gingrich. With Santorum more poised to pull the upset, the Speaker should consider his country, his party, and himself.

A Santorum victory fueled by Gingrich bowing out before it’s too late could solidify Gingrich’s chances of either a Vice Presidency (unlikely) or a high-level cabinet position (more likely). Santorum and Gingrich clash on domestic and economic policies but they seem to be of like mind when it comes to foreign affairs, making Gingrich a strong choice for Secretary of State.

Together, they have a chance of beating Romney, which would give the Republicans a chance of beating Obama. Apart, they are only hurting each other. Romney is unable to defeat Obama because he cannot present the stark contrast to the last 4 years that Santorum would. The Republicans have failed with McCain, Dole, and were only successful with Bush because of weak contenders on the Democratic side. The Republican Establishment has failed the party and is failing the country as a result.

Rick Santorum could be the difference-maker, but he may need help from Gingrich if he’s going to pull it off.

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