One thing is for sure, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is not someone who minces his words. If he can overcome some questions about his past, he may well be right about the status of the 2012 GOP presidential nomination. Hillary Chabot at the Boston Herald weighs in:
A surging Newt Gingrich said he’s bracing for searing political attacks from all sides now that he’s the latest front-runner in the cutthroat Republican bid for president — and he predicted the GOP nomination will come down to him and Mitt Romney.
The 68-year-old Georgian told all comers to bring it on.
“If I can’t survive a few weeks of the news media, then I definitely can’t survive being the president,” he said. “If we can cheerfully get through this and answer in a way that the American people are satisfied with, then I deserve the nomination.”
Gingrich, whose campaign seemed to be on life-support just few weeks ago, is now leading in Iowa by double digits, according to a Rasmussen poll released yesterday. He also tied former Mass. Gov. Romney in a nationwide Fox News survey released Wednesday.
“I really see Mitt and I as co-front-runners,” said Gingrich, adding that the nomination battle is “going to come down to Mitt and me.”
“The one consistency is that Mitt has a hard time getting over 24 or 25 percent (in the polls),” he added. “Everyone was looking for the next ‘Not Mitt.’ ”
Gingrich admitted his new top-dog status is a dizzying twist in a hard-hitting game of political Whac-A-Mole that has seen the candidacies of U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann, Texas Gov. Rick Perry and businessman Herman Cain rise and fall before him.
“For a long time, people thought I was dead or I was the only guy in the room who didn’t realize he was dead,” Gingrich said.
But unlike Bachmann, Perry and Cain, Gingrich insisted he is not just the new flavor of the month for conservatives.