April 25th, 2012
08:06 PM ET

Overheard on CNN.com: What brought down Gingrich's campaign? What's next?

Editor's note: This post is part of the Overheard on CNN.com series, a regular feature that examines interesting comments and thought-provoking conversations posted by the community.

Newt Gingrich will officially end his bid for the Republican presidential nomination next week, his spokesman said Wednesday. Gingrich will likely move to back Mitt Romney and support GOP members of Congress. Armed with knowledge, many readers of all stripes began to deconstruct Gingrich's campaign and its legacy.

Gingrich to end White House bid, spokesman says

Did Gingrich doom himself?

Kamalarani: "His message of churches under attack, of being a moral man, his views on immigration, and how to fix the economy did not resonate with the American voters. But like all narcissists and egomaniacs, who take credit for your hard work and blame any failures on your incompetence, Gingrich will fault everyone and everything around him for his failure. That is everyone but himself. I am so glad we are seeing the back of this ridiculous man ... "

Some are sad to see him go.

RedToppolino: "This was Newt's last opportunity as he'll be too old eight years from now. I have mixed emotions regarding the termination of his campaign as he is by far the best equipped individual in America to beat Obama and to run this country. Unfortunately, Newt has character flaws that have been picked up on by the ultra-liberal media. However, his flaws are nothing compared to those of Obama. At least Newt is a heterosexual Christian with a verifiable history and legally eligible to serve as president."

There are many who would still prefer different candidates.

William MacLean: "From the outside the presidential 'race' looks like a farce. If anyone in their right mind thinks that Romney and the others who failed for the Republicans can really take on Obama, they are living in a dream world. As much as I, and many others, would love to see the Republicans win (or Obama lose) if this is the best they have, then America is in a very sad and bad state!"

This person wasn't surprised.

Galen Kearney: "Pah! The voters ended Newt Gingrich's White House bid months ago. But when you have one multibillionaire backer who can keep your campaign afloat despite little or no popular support you can keep trying to cram your message down the public gullet."

Would Gingrich's support be of use to Romney?

Michael DeBinder: "The best thing that Gingrich and Santorum can do at this point is go into hiding like the rest of the losers. Romney does enough damage on his own, he surely doesn't need any of these guys who attacked him now becoming a sound bite for him."

This reader said they thought Gingrich could really do some damage in a different way.

YtownSports: "Newt began to disappear when the debates ended. He would have booted Obama's intellect all over the stage in a one-on-one. Has too much baggage, though."

What do you think about the race at this point? Share your opinion in the comments area below and in the latest stories on CNN.com. Or sound off on video via CNN iReport.

Compiled by the CNN.com moderation staff. Some comments edited for length or clarity.

soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. TSK

    Gingrich needs to face an American firing squad for treason along with Cantor Luntz and Ryan in that order–

    April 26, 2012 at 12:06 am | Report abuse | Reply
  2. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    @ dazzle ©
    Wow that one sure had me fooled. I could just imagine TORI talking like that. Yo Yo wat up big mama.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:31 am | Report abuse | Reply
  3. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Keep trying. You might get it right one day.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:36 am | Report abuse | Reply
  4. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Definitely not.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:41 am | Report abuse | Reply
  5. chrissy

    lmao still chuckling over the *tool* coment! Way to go greek american! Lol

    April 26, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  6. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    They do seem to be catching on. Sometimes it's hard to tell. But I have faith in us.This one's not even close.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:51 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Did you know when you use your phone you can't cut and paste your u/n ?

    April 26, 2012 at 12:56 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. dazzle ©

    I just changed to my phone and I figured as much.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:02 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. dazzle ©

    Troll of Tori, you are quite funny but I am going to sleep.

    April 26, 2012 at 1:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. Crocker

    What brought down his campaign? Money, or lack thereof. Without lots and lots of money and backing and the ability to outspend your opponent, you don't have a prayer.

    April 26, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. mickey1313

    His morals is beliefs and his actions ended his chances. Americans may be dumb, but we can still see blatant hypocrisy

    April 26, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Report abuse | Reply
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