Newt Gingrich appears to be the latest “not-Romney” candidate to leap ahead of the pack. The question, of course, is whether he can stay the course. He’s smart, articulate, and full of ideas. Some of those ideas in the past have been off the conservative reservation, but he was an excellent strategist back in the 1990s for taking back the Congress for Republicans, and he achieved balanced budgets and welfare reform in his role as Speaker of the House.
I’ve commented before on his baggage. That keeps coming up in almost every pundit’s comments on his chances. In fact, the word “baggage” has never been bandied about with such abandon:
You can be sure Romney will be alert to warn Republican primary voters about the pitfalls of backing Gingrich:
But I’m not convinced they will be listening to Romney. He’s never been able to put away a nomination that many assumed was his for the asking. That’s why the activists in the party continue to seek an alternative:
Meanwhile, on the other side of the political aisle, President Obama continues to do what he has done best for the past three years:
Actually, I don’t mind if he neglects his job. The more he stays away from governing, the less damage he can do.