Mr. Gingrich needs an early upset to help him win in a sprint, otherwise, it’s a good bet that iron man Mitt will bleed Newt dry.
From the New York Times:
Surging in polls is one thing. But as Newt Gingrich seeks to turn his impressive performance in surveys into votes, he is scrambling madly to build the kind of organization that Mitt Romney has methodically put in place for a year, one that will let him compete through all 50 contests, often in multiple states at once.
[..] The Republican contest will test whether Mr. Romney’s meticulous planning can overtake a burst of momentum for Mr. Gingrich. Mr. Romney’s team has said all along that it has expected a tough battle for the nomination, and it has sought to emphasize that point in recent days with its new “earn it” rallying cry for volunteers and other supporters. But Mr. Gingrich presents an especially difficult rival for them, one who is showing signs of corralling support from the Tea Party movement and other grass-roots conservatives while also being able to point to his governing experience.
As for Pres. Obama, his worry certainly isn’t Newt Gingrich, who he can beat in a walk. It’s the outside candidates that would ultimately arise from a Gingrich nomination win, making the process a competition for voters who are disgruntled over Obama’s lack of vision and uninspiring first term.
Tomorrow Pres. Obama heads for Kansas to, as Mike Allen puts it, “channel Teddy Roosevelt.” That’s actually funny. Since Mr. Obama is taking more money from Wall Street than any other candidate, plus the big firms have benefited more during his term than in all eight of George W. Bush’s, only the gullible will buy this theater. He’s counting on there being a lot of those voters still around.
If outside challengers catch hold against the two corporate, Wall Street candidates, with Pres. Obama leading that category, there will be a tough fight.
Who knows, maybe The Donald will jump back in. Now that would be fun. Ridiculous, as well as fitting the times, but fun.