Originally Posted by Don Zeko
Why? I'm very confused about what Gingrich's value as a general election candidate is supposed to be. Other party actors whose help he will need all hate and distrust him, he's got a list of gaffes, flip-flops and scandals as long as my arm, and he's genuinely, intensely, unlikable. Beyond that, in a year where Obama will be blaming obstinate, hyper-partisan Republicans for preventing him from doing more to help the economy, why on earth would the R's want to nominate the guy that impeached Bill Clinton and shut down the government? I'm not saying that Romney's a dream candidate or anything, but I don't see what's supposed to make Newt strong in the general.
As I said originally, he's the consummate bullshitter, and America is hungry for a narrative of getting back on the right path, and Newt's an ideas-man, hee hee. I just think he has the best chance, if he got
Now, for a Mormon, Romney's doing okay in South Carolina, but in the General, I don't know how he'd do nation-wide, and especially in the South, with Christians. Single data point: my Catholic, Democrat uncle in Cleveland had a problem with, as he saw it, the possibility of Obama being Muslim.
But, of course, Romney has business experience, and will inspire hope that way. Personally, I find him comforting, assured, and likeable.
But it seems to be all over, anyway