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. raven

    What" brought down"his campaign? Um, his name IS Newt.

    April 25, 2012 at 8:15 pm | Report abuse |
    • banasy©

      My sentiments *exactly!*
      He brought himself down.
      Bye, Newtie patootie!

      April 25, 2012 at 8:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • ♚Mmmmm♛

      ...to put it simply...no tunechi appeal...

      April 25, 2012 at 9:40 pm | Report abuse |
  2. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    You beat me to it raven.

    April 25, 2012 at 8:20 pm | Report abuse |
  3. banasy©

    It will be fun to hear all of the former candidates suck up to Mitty now...jockeying for a position in his cabinet on the off chance that swine start flying and hell freezes over...

    April 25, 2012 at 8:23 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Mary

    @ Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™, I responded to your post to me on the " Joining the Boy Scouts" Board, if that was even you?

    April 25, 2012 at 8:28 pm | Report abuse |
  5. raven

    Hey bobcat, and m.s...there ya go: GMTA!

    April 25, 2012 at 8:41 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Philip

    I think it's because so many people found out for the first time Gingrich cheated on the wife who put him through school, and then dumped her for another woman. When he was the majority leader, these things weren't discussed much. Things such as these still shock many Americans ya know. We will never find these things "ok", ever! We are the ones calling for those secret service agents to be charged with feloniously defrauding the US TAXPAYER. We understand that prost/tution is "ok". We knew that when agents snuck in Marilyn Monroe for JFK. Sheesh.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:08 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Greek American

    See ya later Newt loser. Please leave politics forever now so none of us ever have to see or hear you again. Tool.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:32 pm | Report abuse |
  8. clearmind

    Newt Gingrich was too smug...People want a strong president; but Newt needed some humility for past indescretions, being a strong leader is not the same as arrogance.

    April 25, 2012 at 9:45 pm | Report abuse |
  9. citizen

    Knewt had a radical vision of the future for America. He wanted to build a fire wall between the corrosive influence of money and politics.
    He longed to to end the reign of Washington as a nexus of power and cooperation between gold man sacks, womp mart, and generally electric. And of course, he has a genuine love and concern for women.
    With the weight of knewts influence behind mittens, there is no way the bus can be stopped from hurtling over the cliff.
    Our salvation is secure.

    April 25, 2012 at 10:43 pm | Report abuse |
  10. raven

    @citizen: thanks, that actually made me smile.

    April 25, 2012 at 10:56 pm | Report abuse |
  11. TSK

    Robert Drapper wrote of a 4 hr. meet between eric cantor newt gingrich paul ryan and frank luntz the day obama was elected soul purpose stop all legislation-

    April 25, 2012 at 11:24 pm | Report abuse |
  12. bobcat (in a hat) ©

    Well they did manage to stop all legislation until the president got them backed into a corner. The american people were calling for them to get off their collective rumps and get something done. As a result of all their foot dragging, congress has the lowest rating in history. And the people are going to remember come election day.

    April 25, 2012 at 11:38 pm | Report abuse |
  13. TSK

    congress has not done a god damn thing yet this year and it is almost may–

    April 25, 2012 at 11:40 pm | Report abuse |
  14. TSK

    remember when eric cator walked out of a meeting with the president paul ryan mitch mcconnell and john bohner to trade some stocks and the result america lost its AAA credit rating just like standard and poors promised as a result the U.S. deficit gained over a trillion extra dollars in trade deficit in two months–

    April 25, 2012 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  15. TSK

    remember when the Anti-American Newt Gingrich shut down the U.S. Congress as speaker of the house then after a few weeks got caught on the runway after meeting with the ISRALE prime minister going over the head of Prez. Clinton in what was an unpaid unfunded unscheadualed U.S. Gov. flight where Newt. was the only passanger–all waves and smiles to the foriegn press–

    April 26, 2012 at 12:01 am | Report abuse |
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