January 02, 2012


How Gingrich Blew His Second Chance

Jonathan Martin looks at how Newt Gingrich "learned all the wrong lessons from his campaign's collapse this summer and none of the right ones from his remarkable comeback."

"Instead of seizing the moment and making an aggressive case for why the contest was now a two-man race between a movement conservative and flip-flopping moderate -- a unique opportunity afforded by the endorsement's implicit-but-unmistakable critique of Mitt Romney in his firewall state -- Gingrich fell back to his familiar habits, a routine marked by too much self-assurance and not enough discipline."

"Between that and some other key factors -- among them, Romney's super PAC blitzkrieg and his own weak fundraising -- a campaign that seemed on the cusp of stealing the nomination barely a month ago now faces an ignominious fourth place finish or worse."










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