Now that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is the undisputed frontrunner in the GOP presidential polls, his Republican rivals and their surrogates are looking to cut him down to size. Can Gingrich weather the storm? Politico’s Alexander Burns, Jonathan Martin and Maggie Haberman have more:
If the drumbeat of polls with Newt Gingrich in the lead didn’t confirm him as the GOP front-runner, his reception on Thursday certainly did.
The former House speaker’s leadership, his fealty to conservative ideology, his self-control and his three marriages all came under attack as another round of top spots in the polls earned him fire from Mitt Romney, The Wall Street Journal editorial page, Ron Paul, Rick Perry and an influential Iowa pastor.
The attacks kicked off a three-day offensive ahead of Saturday’s debate in Des Moines — the first since Gingrich secured his lead, and the second-to-last before the Jan. 3 Iowa caucuses.
But for all the attacks, Gingrich himself said he wasn’t shaken or concerned and planned to keep up his resistance to engage in intramural conflict that’s been a defining characteristic of his race so far.
“We’re gonna stay positive,” Gingrich told reporters. “All I’m gonna say is, we’re gonna stay positive. We’re gonna stay solution-oriented and talk about what America needs to do. And the only opponent I have is Barack Obama.”