Yesterday, the editors at National Review Online put out a memo imploring the conservative populace at large not cast its fate, much less its vote for Newt Gingrich.
And make no mistake. It was an anti-Gingrich editorial. If you visit their main page today you will be greeted by large, not so friendly red letters which read, “Against Gingrich.”
While the editorial is clear in its stand against Gingrich, it isn’t so clear who they are for. They also ruled out endorsing Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Ron Paul leaving us with Rick Santorum, Jon Huntsman and Mitt Romney. Well, unless Santorum surges in Iowa or Huntsman is the hunt in New Hampshire, I doubt they will waste an endorsement on either of those candidates. Which leaves us with Mitt Romney.
Or does it?
We will render further judgments in the weeks to come as the candidates continue to make their cases and are, just perhaps, joined by new candidates.
Well, it looks to me that the editorial board is looking for a Knight in Shining Armor to rescue them from their distress. But I hate to break it to them. Paul Ryan isn’t riding in on a white horse. Bobby Jindal won’t be hitching a saddle. Mike Pence isn’t behind Door Number Three and there will be no Mitch Daniels to offer a truce. The GOP field is what it is. Which means that NRO will do as they did in 2008 and endorse Mitt Romney. But it will be a reluctant endorsement. And Republican primary voters just might have other ideas.