Two weeks into the Surge of Newt, it would be fair to summarize the view of mainstream Republicans in the nation’s capital this way:
Hey, Newt Gingrich could actually win the nomination!
But he probably won’t.
A healthy dose of modesty is called for in all prognostications. We’re entering the period of predictable unpredictability in the campaign cycle, the point in the calendar when in years past people such as Bill Clinton were left for dead and people such as Patrick Buchanan looked like serious contenders. Gerald F. Seib – Wall Street Journal
“That’s the fear. As he gets more confident and more self-assured, he’ll say something really stupid or do something really stupid or we’ll find out about something really stupid or do something really stupid or we’ll find out about something really stupid, and that will doom his candidacy and doom the Republican Party.” Former Rep. George Nethercutt, R., Washington.
The rank and file Republicans who have worked with Gingrich in the past now give pause when faced with the reality of Newt and the presidency.
“It’s not really personal, but I don’t think he has the temperament, intellectual discipline or ego control to be either a successful nominee or president. Basically, Newt can’t control himself.” Peter King, R. New York.