By Dennis Holt
Brooklyn Daily Eagle
BROOKLYN — Newt Gingrich! Good grief! The Alice in Wonderland escapade for the 2012 Republican presidential race continues and gets more bizarre by the minute.
There are probably very few people who would have predicted that it would come down to Gingrich and Romney so soon, but that is what has happened.
Most pundits have speculated that in the end Mitt Romney will be standing alone. That near certainty has been shattered, and it is clear that what is happening is a fight to the death — moderates vs. extremists. The New York Times this week summed it up quite nicely:
“Exit polls showed [from the South Carolina primary] that Gingrich has done it with a formidable coalition of groups that have resisted Mr. Romney’s candidacy all season long: evangelical Christians, Tea Party supporters and those who call themselves very conservative.”
It is still logical to assume that Romney would make a better candidate against President Obama, but it is also likely that Gingrich will make a better candidate against Romney. And Romney on Monday reminded many people why Romney is a troublesome person.
He changes his mind on almost all issues and has just done so again. After insisting that he wouldn’t reveal too much about his taxes, he now says that there will be a major report sometime this week that will clarify matters. We’ll see.
On top of this, President Obama will enter the mix this week with his State of the Union speech. We already have a clue about the tempo of his remarks. He said recently that he wants to ensure “an America where everybody gets a fair shot, everyone does their fair share and everyone plays by the same set of rules.”