What does the Gingrich campaign of today and the McCain campaign of 2007 have in common? They were declared DOA around the summer time, but started to see a rise in the polls. Ultimately, McCain became the nominee after a drag-out, knock-out slugfest between Huckabee and Romney. Now, we see Cain on top, Romney second, and Newt is third. People are saying “Romney is the inevitable…just accept it.” Maybe I’m just stubborn, but I’m not willing to say that someone is inevitable just because they’re the “moderate”.
Yeah, Romney might be the eventual nominee, but it hasn’t been determined yet. The caucuses and primaries haven’t been decided yet. These races are different than 2008, but Newt is currently in the same position as McCain was 4 years ago. There are political dynamics that don’t make this exactly the same (i.e., McCain was considered the moderate candidate much like Romney is today). There’s a possibility that the slugfest could be between Cain and Newt that could make Romney the nominee, but we’ll see.
Newt might have gained enough speed going into the primary, but it’s possible he really could be the flavor of the month. Until then, enjoy the turkey.