Michael Savage, Glenn Beck going hard at Newt Gingrich

Published: Tuesday, Dec. 13 2011 11:40 a.m. MST

In this file photo taken July 11, 2011, Glenn Beck gestures as he speaks in the Knesset, Israel's parliament, in Jerusalem.

Sebastian Scheiner, Associated Press

Michael Savage and Glenn Beck — two of the most prominent right wing voices in talk radio — are independently targeting Republican presidential frontrunner Newt Gingrich.

Savage announced Monday on his radio show that he would give Newt Gingrich $1 million if he agreed to drop out of the race for president within 72 hours. Savage's straightforward rationale: Newt stands zero chance of unseating Pres. Barack Obama.

Writing on his website Monday, Savage pulled no punches in excoriating Gingrich.

"In a presidential debate against Obama, regardless of how well (Gingrich) does, on television he will come off badly compared to Obama and look like nothing more than what he is: a fat, old, white man. Newt Gingrich is unelectable. Mitt Romney is the only candidate with a chance of defeating Barack Obama, and there is nothing more important than that."

Ever the provocateur, Beck wasn't satisfied with merely blasting Gingrich on Fox News last week. Not only did he paint the former House speaker as a liberal-in-disguise, but Beck also went as far as to insinuate that any tea party adherent who backs Gingrich but loathes Obama is a racist.

"You look at (Gingrich's) record, you read his words … this man is a progressive, he knows he is a progressive," Beck told Fox News' Judge Napolitano. "So if you've got a big government progressive or a big government progressive in Obama, one in Newt Gingrich, one in Obama, ask yourself this, tea party: Is it about Obama's race? Because that's what it appears to be to me. If you're against (Obama) but you're for (Gingrich), it must be about race."

Pundits aren't the only people who are coming for Gingrich, because last week Mitt Romney's campaign nicked Newt by unleashing two Romney surrogates, former White House chief of staff John Sununu and former Missouri senator Jim Talent, to thoroughly skewer Gingrich in the media — so much so that, in the wake of Sununu's and Talent's strong words, columnist Dana Milbank wrote an op-ed for the Washington Post wondering whether Gingrich is finally receiving his comeuppance after a career of attacking others:

"Self-serving. Self-aggrandizing. Anti-conservative. Anti-principled. Hints of corruption, hypocrisy, and bizarre and destructive behavior. These were brutal descriptions, and yet there was something poetic about the belated Romney assault on Gingrich. The attacks used terms that were popularized by Gingrich himself in his rise to power."

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