Newt Gingrich Made Mitt Romney Stronger

What remains to be seen is whether Mitt Romney can build a strong case for why a broad coalition of Republican primary voters should support him or if he will continue to spend a good chunk of his time focusing on Mr. Gingrich's demons at the expense of building his own positive storyline. Electability and business experience seem a reasonable opening argument, but they are unlikely to provide the spark that will convince independents to swing away from the president or motivate the conservative base to leave no vote behind. If Romney can turn the energy that Gingrich brings to the fray into a disciplined campaign against President Obama, then he stands a good chance of being the second president who will have found Gingrich a useful foil.

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