The kinder, gentler Newt is gone, replaced by an old familiar Newt — the vicious attack dog who goes for the jugular and takes no prisoners.
After vowing to keep his campaign for the Presidency positive — something you can only do when you’re leading the pack — New Newt has become Nasty Newt with angry bile spewing at every term.
Romney, Nasty Newt says, is a liar, hiding behind a super-pac that “Romney boated” him with ads about his record, his infidelity and his ethics problems.
But the old Newt may have returned too late to save his floundering campaign. Gingrich trails Romney 41-7 percent in the latest New Hampshire poll and trails the former Massachusetts governor in all other polls.
“Old Newt, New Newt, same result,” GOP activist Arne Block tells Capitol Hill Blue. “He had his chance. It’s over.”
“Polls show Mitt Romney headed for a blowout victory in the New Hampshire Republican primary,” writes Scott Clement in The Washington Post.
Meanwhile, Iowa second place finisher Rick Santorum has pulled into second place in New Hampshire polling and could overtake Ron Paul for second if he maintains his momentum.
“I doubt Santorum can overtake or come close to Romney but he has a shot at second,” says Block.