With countless polls now showing Newt Gingrich leading nationally and in the key states of Iowa and South Carolina, the Romney campaign has found itself in a very defensive position. According to the RealClearPolitics average of polling in Iowa and South Carolina, Gingrich leads in those states by 8.2% and 8.6% respectively. The only strong point for Romney right now is New Hampshire, where he leads on average by 16.6%.

With Herman Cain currently reassessing his campaign over new allegations of a long-running affair, the spotlight has turned to the Romney/Gingrich battle. If Cain were to drop out of the race, and I am not convinced he’s going to, it would lead to a major reshuffling of the deck where I see Newt Gingrich coming out on top. Romney will not take many of Cain’s supporters since, if they were supporting Cain, chances are they were not ready to accept Romney as the nominee.

Report from the Washington Post:

“Is there enough time for Gingrich to self-destruct on his own before Jan. 3, or do you have to help it along? It’s a tough call,” said a GOP strategist who informally advises Romney’s campaign and, like other advisers interviewed, spoke on the condition of anonymity to discuss internal thinking.

Romney’s strategists are gaming out scenarios. They say they understand the risk that, in a multi-candidate field, any attack they make against Gingrich could boomerang to hurt Romney and help a third candidate.

Taking on Gingrich is “going to be a process,” one adviser said. “It’s not going to be an overnight kind of a thing, unless he steps in it. But he seems less likely than the others to do that.”

At a time when Romney intended to be showing momentum and closing the deal with voters, his campaign has sometimes been on the defensive. The candidate appeared rattled in a Fox News interview Tuesday when he was pressed by host Bret Baier to explain his changing positions on some issues.

“Bret, I don’t know how many hundred times I’ve said this, too. This is an unusual interview,” a visibly agitated Romney said, as he wiggled in his seat, crossed his legs and forced a laugh. “Ha, ha, ha, ha. Let’s do it again.”

In that same interview, Romney hinted that he now sees Gingrich as a threat. Prompted by Baier, he launched his first attack on his rival, labeling Gingrich “a lifelong politician” and suggesting that he lacks credibility on the economy.

The bad news for Romney is that Gingrich has essentially already been through his implosion(s) back in the spring time and over the summer. He has emerged from those turbulent days and redeemed his candidacy through debating.

One thing to watch is whether the “nice guy” approach Gingrich has been employing, with regard to questions about his GOP counterparts, will stick or whether he will begin going on the offensive against Romney.

Iowa still shows a close race where either Romney, Gingrich, Paul or even Cain could still eek out a victory.

6 COMMENTS

    • WHY ARE THE REPUBLICANS ATTACKING EACH OTHER INSTEAD OF OBAMA?….

      Is this a real question? You can’t run against Obama unless you win the GOP nomination. And since all of the GOP nominees are buffoons, with very few good ideas for fixing our nation’s multitude of problems, they naturally resort to ad hominems and outright lies. The pathetically weak GOP candidates are themselves clear proof of the ridiculous state of the waning Republican party. I mean really Newt Gingrich? This guy lead the attack to impeach Clinton for a little act of infidelity WHILE he was himself cheating on his second wife? Infidelity and the quality of one’s relationship with a spouse is not a very good indicator of presidential abilities. But the hypocrisy of Gingrich says much about how honest this man is. But America deserves Gingrich because we are a nation of mindless morons and when he is president I have no doubt that he will lead us into more senseless unjustified wars just as the abominable Republican idiot George W did.

  1. The Mitt Romney machine was not even smart enough to get the domain name IamMittRomney.com. I see the site is up and attacking his character. Maybe that is why some of us like Newt. He is not nice, but certainly more clever than Mitt. Mitt seems to fall into the class of rich, but stupid.

  2. This is the time to choose the most qualified Republican candidate.
    Qualified leadership must be based on knowledge of and determination to follow the constitution and our laws. If a candidate falls short in either of these two most important areas the candidate isn’t qualified to lead America or stop the tyranny of Obama and other internationalist’s who want to subvert our constitution. The Patriot Act enacted under George Bush has overridden and supplanted our constitution in protecting our civil liberties.

    Now Obama has taken it to the next level, “The Obama administration has already claimed that the president has the authority to kill Americans overseas, if he believes they are terrorists. Gingrich continues to gain popularity with Republicans even though he was incorrect in stating that this is the rule of law.

    “Now, in the latest National Defense Authorization Act, Congress is trying to give the president power to imprison Americans indefinitely, without charges or respect for habeas corpus, if he claims they are terrorists.

    “Democrats and Republicans in the Senate have already joined hands to pass the bill. This must not be allowed and Ron Paul is the only standing candidate who would stop it!

    Gingrich was wrong and only RON PAUL was correct. The killing of Anwar Al-Awlaki a terrorist, who should have been charged and gone to trial as an American citizen, it is a violation of the constitution and as such is an impeachable offense. If we permit violations like this to occur how long will it be before it is used against ordinary citizens? The constitution is meant to keep that kind of power out of the hands of any one man or woman.

    Ben Swann’s Reality Check: Newt Gingrich Wrong Again – President’s Power to Assassinate
    http://youtu.be/RTv4Rsi8-lc

    Ron Paul 2012

  3. My husband died of cancer in 2010, when I heard newt asked for a divorce while his second wife was in the hospital with with cancer so he could marry his mistress now third wife and if he won would be first ” lady.” I knew newt would not be getting my vote. Mitt Romney is my choice, I trust he will get rid of the border hoppers.

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