It pains me to say this, but I fear that Newt Gingrich is not going to be the Republican presidential nominee after all.
Yes, not even a single primary-election ballot has been cast, and not even the first caucus head-count has been conducted. And yes, things could change as the new year rolls around, especially in a situation as volatile as this crazy GOP race.
But I’m not going to kid myself. My fond hopes, and those of countless other liberal Democrats, that the mercurial and reckless Gingrich would be the Republican standard-bearer next year suddenly seem to have been dashed.
In just the past few weeks, the Newster’s lead over Mitt Romney in the Gallup national tracking poll has SHRUNK from 14 percentage points to nine points and now to a measly four points.
The situation is even worse in Iowa, where a new poll SHOWS that Gingrich has plummeted to third place behind Ron Paul and Romney.
Clearly, the conservative establishment’s opposition to Newt is taking its toll.
But all is not lost. If Romney wins the nomination, which seems more and more likely, he’s not going to be all that difficult to defeat next November. Let’s not forget that the guy is a world-class flip-flopper who seems to lack any core political principles.
But it would be so much more fun to see Gingrich challenge Barack Obama.