The notion that Newt Gingrich is a loose cannon who could drag much of the Republican ticket down to defeat next November has some GOP politicians PLAINLY WORRIED:
Just a few months ago, Gingrich was an afterthought in the campaign. But his sudden rise over the past month has given pause to congressional Republicans who thought President Obama’s troubles with the economy could firm up their majority in the House and a new majority in the Senate.
The resistance to Gingrich’s surge is based on his reputation for unpredictabilty and a recognition that the success of Republican congressional campaigns will be inextricably linked to the party’s nominee.
One GOP strategist, Mike Murphy, this week described the potential of a Gingrich nomination as a “train wreck,” while Tom Davis, a former House campaign chairman, worries that Gingrich at the top of the ticket could be a drag on the party’s congressional chances, particularly in the Northeast.
Meanwhile, the National Review, an influential conservative journal, also has come out against Gingrich. The magazine SAYS Newt’s “character flaws — his impulsiveness, his grandiosity, his weakness for half-baked (and not especially conservative) ideas — made him a poor Speaker of the House.”
Another right-wing publication, the Washington Examiner, is ENDORSING Mitt Romney and arguing that Gingrich as “an ultimate Washington insider…is part of the problem, not part of the solution.”