So if you were Newt Gingrich why wouldn’t you stay in the race? What’s your incentive to get out?
Party unity? The GOP establishment hates him. A position in the Romney administration? Right. He’ll be standing by the phone. Unite so the GOP can defeat Barack Obama? That doesn’t make sense to do so at this point since Romney still needs another thousand delegates or so. Plus if Gingrich can somehow stay focused and relevant through March 6 (Super Tuesday), he has a decent shot at winning a bunch of delegates.
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Also, don’t forget if he can convince Santorum to get out, the complexion of the race changes, as will the sheer numbers of the political GOP pie.
A couple other factors to consider: Gingrich is 68 years old and has already been Speaker of the House. What does he have to lose? Absolutely nothing.
Lastly, if Gingrich really does feel that Romney is a “Massachusetts moderate,” then just based on principle alone it makes sense to stay in the race because he truly believes he is the conservative alternative. Why concede that principled stance with such a long way to go?