Everyone is wondering why Newt Gingrich continues to stay in a Republican nomination race that he has little or no chance of winning. His poor showings in most contests have not been enough to give him any momentum, but have been just big enough to prevent Rick Santorum from solidifying himself as the anti-Romney vote in the primary states.
The Gingrich campaign insists that between tons of cash from Super PAC funder Sheldon Adelson, and a few vaguely reliable polls showing him scoring Southern wins in Alabama in Mississippi on Tuesday mean, he’s as much a Romney alternative as Santorum.
I’m not buying it though. This has more to do with ego, hating Mitt Romney and a whole host of other issues more than any strategic attempt to win the nomination. In fact, while I don’t have Paul Schaeffer behind me to play the drum roll, it’s pretty clear that there are quite a few reasons why Newt Gingrich stays in the 2012 Republican race.
Without further ado, the Top 10 Reasons Why Newt Gingrich is still in the Race:
1. He’s pretty sure that a few more hotel lobby dances with Callista will get him a call from Dancing with the Stars
2. Can’t stand the idea that the Republican Party is perfectly capable of losing the presidential election without him
3. Discovered that with a slogan like Winning the Future, it might help if he actually won something
4. Realizes that there are still a few political bridges that he has not yet burned
5. 2012 race is the most ‘running’ he’s done in years and it’s doing wonders for his waistline
6. Just found out that you don’t get to debate Obama until after you’ve won the nomination
7. Has been running his campaign off of a shortened Moon Base calendar and didn’t realize the race started two months ago
8. Has a long running bet with Jesse Jackson over who can milk a South Carolina Primary victory the longest
9. Still believes he can steal Mormon vote from Romney by touting his multiple wives
10. Fully expects to wake up in a cold sweat, look at his calendar and see that it’s October 1994 and the last 18 years never ever happened.
This article originally appeared online at Politic365.com.