And they're pulling out all the stops to prevent it...
Even in the wake of a really unprecedented series of attacks on Newt Gingrich from Team Mittens, the GOP Beltway suits, and allied media types, the Georgia doughboy stands up a couple points nationally... while the upcoming primary slate still seems to heavily favor a Gingrich nomination.
You scoff? OK, assume worse-case for Newt in Iowa (although one fresh poll still has him right at the top, with many undecideds expected to break back Gingrich's way). Then -say- Newt scores a second or third in NH... he won't be doing any worse than that.
Alas, the south is still most of what matters... and they don't dig Romney all that much: South Carolina comes first, where Newt is up solid double-digits. In Florida Newt's polling at almost 40%, while Romney's been stuck at 30% for what seems like forever. After that delegate jackpot puts him instantly out-front, Newt polls over 50% pretty much everywhere throughout the region... and the GOP establishment knows it.
Thus, the unrelenting, unprincipled, and downright vicious conspiracy to destroy Gingrich that we've been seeing over the last couple weeks- they need to not just chill him in Iowa, but STOP HIM COLD.
Surely Art Laffer and Michael Reagan coming out and endorsing Newt did little to endear them to the Beltway establishment, either. But they're not the only ones standing up and speaking out against how so many in the GOP are conducting a hideous smear campaign against one of our own: a man that has done one hell of a lot of good for the United States of America in general, and the Republican Party in particular.
Rush Limbaugh says he's 'never seen anything like it', as a clearly-frightened DC Republican old-guard has their minions in the media like George Will (bow tie spinning, steam puffing out of his ears) calling Newt 'a Marxist'... when he's never before garnered the courage to call Obama one (!)
What's up with that?