Gallup: Romney and Gingrich statistically tied NATIONALLY; two polls say Gingrich by 8 in Florida. [View all]
One week ago, Gallup had Romney by 23 points. 48 hours ago, it was by 10 points. Then by 5. The new Gallup tracking data for today says Romney 29, Gingrich 28. And that's a rolling average, meaning that Gingrich is probably in the lead by now on the national stage. Meanwhile, both Rasmussen (R) and Insider Advantage (D) have Gingrich up in Florida now by 9 and 8, respectively.
Now let me tell you why this is a wonderful thing, and why we should be celebrating.
Obama can beat either one of these guys. That's pretty much a given. Romney is an arrogant, elitist preening jackass, and Gingrich is... well, Newt Gingrich. But the difference is, Gingrich is not just arrogant and weak, he's also unstable and potentially explosive. He has the ability to get up on the national stage and not just destroy himself, but also poison every other Republican candidate for the House and Senate at the same time, by allowing out his racism, his self-aggrandizement, and his contempt not just for Democrats and minorities but for the "underclasses" of his own party. He is the self centered arrogance of George Bush mixed with the social darwinist insanity of Ron Paul.
Gingrich has the potential to completely undo the last gasp of gains the right made in 2010 by exploiting people's irrational anger and desire to lash out; he can give us back the House, secure the Senate, and put Republican Party back into the doghouse for another four years at least, as well as possibly putting a fatal stake through the heart of the militant right as a viable political bloc for a decade or more.