Morning Mix: Would $1 Million Make Gingrich Drop Out?
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich has been known for lining his pockets, from his “consulting” with Fannie and Freddie to his book tours and speaking engagements.
Now, the question is, what would he do for a million dollars?
The offer? Conservative radio host Michael Savage is willing to “save the nation” by offering Newt Gingrich $1 million to drop out of the presidential race in the next 72 hours.
NEWT GINRICH IS UNELECTABLE. MITT ROMNEY IS THE ONLY CANDIDATE WITH A CHANCE OF DEFEATING BARACK OBAMA, AND THERE IS NOTHING MORE IMPORTANT THAN THAT FOR FUTURE HEALTH, SAFETY, AND SECURITY OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA. THEREFORE, I AM OFFERING NEWT GINGRICH ONE MILLION DOLLARS TO DROP OUT OF THE PRESIDENTIAL RACE FOR THE SAKE OF THE NATION.
IF NEWT GINGRICH REALLY LOVES THIS COUNTRY AS MUCH AS HE SAYS HE DOES, IF HE REALLY WANTS WHAT IS BEST FOR AMERICA, HE WILL SET HIS EGO ASIDE, CALL ME, AND ACCEPT MY OFFER. HIS CONTINUED CANDIDACY SPELLS NOTHING BUT RUIN FOR CONSERVATIVES, REPUBLICANS, AND ALL TRUE AMERICAN PATRIOTS. ONE MILLION DOLLARS IN EXCHANGE FOR PRESERVING THE NATION, NEWT. I SAY TAKE THE MONEY… AND DON’T RUN.
As a part of Savage’s offer, he provides a brutal analysis of why he believes Gingrich is unelectable. “‘He’s cheated on two wives and left both of them while they were both seriously ill, which will destroy his chances among female voters,’ he said in the post, where he also took aim at his description of the Republican plan to reform Medicare as ‘right wing social engineering’ and warned he’d lose the image battle against Mr. Obama.”
But perhaps his harshest criticism is what a Newt Gingrich/President Obama debate would look like to viewers. “Contrary to a popular conservative line of thought, Savage does not believe Gingrich would be an effective debater against President Barack Obama. ‘Regardless of how well he does, on television, he will come off badly compared to Obama and look like nothing more than what he is: a fat, old, white man,’ Savage said.”
So will bribing Gingrich work? First, there’s the little issue with the legality of trying to offer money to get a political candidate to drop out of a race. Secondly, with new polling coming out that points to Gingrich being viewed as twice as electable as second place candidate Mitt Romney, dislodging Gingrich from the nomination may take more than a bundle of cash from a shock jock.
Still, Savage has just vocally joined a growing group of conservative pundits who believe he’s a bad party nominee. The question now is whether they will all fall into line should he win the endorsement.
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