Newt had been in the race for quite some time when Perry flamed out, and he was seriously growing on me. I remembered him from the Clinton days, and while he was blamed in the liberal media for the Government shutdown of the '90s, I felt that this cut both ways –you can't credit Clinton for a budget surplus without acknowledging Gingrich's role in driving Clinton towards austerity. Likewise, you couldn't give praise to Clinton's boom time of the '90s without recognizing Gingrich's role in helping shape domestic policy as Speaker of the House.
And then there were his debates. Whip smart, with a laser-like focus on the real issues, Gingrich would take a question, peel away the left-wing assumptions like the dry layers of an onion, and often put the questioner on the spot for even daring to proffer such nonsense at no less than a presidential debate. Like many, I started to ask, why not Newt?
We soon found out. Following some below-the-belt campaign tactics from Romney, Newt went negative – this after promising not to, and even lecturing others to remember the Reagan rule. Angry Newt wasn't popular and his climb in the polls was halted.
On top of this, the leftist media, having polished their investigative skills on Palin's trash, set their sights on Newt, and dug up his ex-wife who made him sound like a free-love hippie from the '60s. This wasn't new or arguably newsworthy info, but the damage was done. Newt cannot win – no female who's been cheated on (and that pretty much includes every woman in this country) will vote for a man who told his wife that she needs to share him. And no Latino would vote for him given his past comments about Spanish being a "gutter language."
Yes, his ex-wife may be lying, but he did make the comment about Spanish. While neither of these issues personally bothers me – it's not my place to judge his marriages, and he did apologize for the Spanish remark – it doesn't take a genius to see that with these clouds circling Newt, he can't win, without women and Latinos. And his primary record bears this out – in Tuesday night's 10-state race, he took one, and only because it was his home state. If he can't win against Romney or Santorum in the primaries, he's not going to win, period.