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The Good Ship Romney’s once-smooth cruise towards the GOP Presidential nomination has sprung a leak, probably from a land mine named Newt Gingrich.
With Gingrich continuing to surge in polls, Romney faces a dilemma — how to sink the attack sub Newt without alienating the GOP voters he needs to win the nomination.
Gingrich has a solid lead in Iowa, is closing in New Hampshire, and could upset the Romney campaign in critical South Carolina.
“Newt Gingrich is Obama’s best ally right now,” a long-time GOP consultant tells Capitol Hill Blue. “The last person Obama wants to run against is Mitt Romney.”
Gingrich’s surge has GOP political professionals shaking their heads, wondering how a serial adulterer in bed with the hated Freddie Mac and other Washington institution can become a favorite of the so-called party of family values and lean government.
“Newt Gingrich represents everything Republicans are supposed to hate,” says the GOP consultant. “It just doesn’t make sense.”
Democratic strategists say the roller-coaster ride to the GOP Presidential nomination is driven by Republican blind hatred towards Obama and a willingness to accept anyone — even philandering politicians or outright idiots — as the nominee.
“It’s a zoo, there’s no doubt about that,” says Democratic operative Sol Krantz.