Perry’s Out

Rick Perry has dropped out of the Presidential race and has endorsed Newt Gingrich. From Fox News.

Rick Perry dropped out of the presidential race Thursday and endorsed Newt Gingrich, a move that comes just two days before the South Carolina Republican primary.

The Texas governor, saying he will return to his state “with pride,” announced in South Carolina that “there is no viable path forward for me in this 2012 campaign.”

After surging to the front of the GOP field upon entering the race last summer, Perry struggled to sustain that support and endured disappointing finishes in the leadoff Iowa and New Hampshire contests. He said Thursday he entered the race with a “sense of calling,” but realizes “when it’s time to make a strategic retreat.”

I’m surprised he has lasted this long. Meanwhile Gingrich has been having troubles of his own, namely his ex-wife Marrianne giving an interview on ABC news.

Newt Gingrich lacks the moral character to serve as President, his second ex-wife Marianne told ABC News, saying his campaign positions on the sanctity of marriage and the importance of family values do not square with what she saw during their 18 years of marriage.

In her first television interview since the 1999 divorce, to be broadcast tonight on Nightline, Marianne Gingrich, a self-described conservative Republican, said she is coming forward now so voters can know what she knows about Gingrich.

In her most provocative comments, the ex-Mrs. Gingrich said Newt sought an “open marriage” arrangement so he could have a mistress and a wife.

She said when Gingrich admitted to a six-year affair with a Congressional aide, he asked her if she would share him with the other woman, Callista, who is now married to Gingrich.

I guess the moral is that if you want to run for president, you shouldn’t ask your wife for an “open” marriage. Newt is supposed to be really smart, but I doubt many married men are foolish enough to suggest something like that to their wives.

Iowa Caucus Results

For whatever it’s worth here are the results of last night’s Iowa caucus. Adding up the results, only about 122,000 people actually participated in the caucus, less than 5% of Iowa’s population. Why so few people have such an outsized impact is beyond me. Anyway Romney won, by only 8 votes. I expect he will do much better in New Hampshire. If he manages to do well in the south, he will be the nominee.

Rick Santorum was second. He did very well for a man nobody knew about last week. He hasn’t had enough money to campaign anywhere outside of Iowa until now, so this may be a fluke.

I am glad to see Ron Paul was third. I would rather he were dead last, but that would be too much to hope for. He’ll stay in all the way to the end, making an annoyance of himself. Still, at least he didn’t win in Iowa. I am also glad to see Newt Gingrich in fourth place. Gingrich is a smart man. The problem is that he knows it.

Michele Bachman has dropped out. That’s too bad. Rick Perry probably should drop out too.

I noticed that 58 people voted to Herman Cain. I wonder who these people are. Thirty-one voted forĀ  Buddy Roemer. He wa the governor of Louisiana way back in the 1980’s. I had no idea he was running.

Now, on to New Hampshire!