Pundits and journalists have moved from denial about the possibility of Newt Gingrich winning the nomination right to the bargaining stage —it’s still unlikely that Gingrich will win, but, as John Cassidy asserts, “now it’s a real race!” However, Jonathan Chait argues that Mitt Romney should be more worried about the current frontrunner in the polls than pundits:
This election will be decided on the economy. It's easy to forget about that with the current obsession with the sex lives and relative truthiness of candidates, as well as the focus on the deficit and the Super Committee, but voters are worried about the economy. The person who wins next November will have convinced voters that they are the best chance at improving the economy. Obama and his eventual Republican opponent have tough hurdles to jump in order to prove they are the solution to our country's woes—Obama needs to explain that the relationship between Congress and the White House is not like a child and a parent but instead like warring siblings.
Recent Prospect alum Pema Levy thinks that Newt Gingrich has a shot at stealing Iowa, if the evangelicals learn to stop worrying and give up trying to love the Rom. Which shouldn't be too hard, because it is now proven that there is an inverse relationship between Romney's likeability and voters' exposure to the former Massachusetts governor. This relationship has become the only thing unwaveringly true about the Romney campaign.
Newt Gingrich continued his newfound dominance in the polls and the media with an endorsement from New Hampshire’s Union Leader yesterday. But, Gingrich is far behind his opponents in campaign organization and grassroots support, according to the latest Power Outsiders poll. More interesting, if less omnipresent, news comes the Ron Paul campaign.
If you had fun last night, you missed out on yet another GOP debate. Sucks to be you. Thankfully, Dan Amira and Brett Smiley summarized all the crazy stuff that happened, and Maggie Haberman summarized all the substantive stuff you should know.