The numbers are here for Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, and Florida, the four early primary states where Gingrich holds commanding double digit leads in 3 of the 4. The core premise of Willard Mitt Romney’s campaign was a divided conservative base that would allow him to develop momentum by means of early primary victories in the form of electoral pluralities. So now he is suddenly where he never wanted to be: in a head to head struggle against a perceived conservative candidate going into Iowa with the conservative base rapidly consolidating its position both locally in the early primary states and nationally.
You may as well try to fly.
It’s Newtonium, my brothers and sisters. Only not. Gingrich is a place-holder protest candidate of radicalized GOP base formations against a compromised GOP establishment embodied in the person of Willard Mitt Romney. Gingrich is the lint sucked whole and entire into the vacuum of power left by the collapse of the centre-right in the form of the Tea Party movement. Writes Mike Allen of POLITICO.com in a story titled Why Newt’s surge is for real:
[...] He would be my top choice at the moment in terms of the full package — ideas and positions and ability to beat Obama in 2012,” said a top Christian organizer. “Gingrich might not be as conservative as we like on every issue, and he may have had different opinions over the decade. But he still doesn’t attain the level of Romney in seeming lack of sincerity and authenticity” [...]
In other words, he’s NOT-Romney.