Oh boy, things are getting interesting.
Texas Gov. Rick Perry will reportedly drop out of the race today and endorse Newt Gingrich. One poll released today by Insider Advantage already shows Gingrich leading in South Carolina. Another shows Gingrich and Romney tied, with the former speaker carrying a lot of momentum into the final days of the primary scheduled for Saturday.
That sets up a high-stakes battle in tonight’s GOP debate on CNN. Personally, it is still inconceivable that the GOP has become so dysfunctional as to nominate Gingrich as its champion, but if Newt wins South Carolina, he’ll have a good claim to being the anointed conservative alternative to Romney and can at least make a race of it in Florida.
I guess I’ll be watching CNN tonight.
UPDATE: According to ABC News, Marianne Gingrich claims that Newt wanted to be “shared” between her and Callista in an open marriage. That may be enough to make me rethink my assessment that her comments won’t have much impact. We have no way of knowing whether it’s actually true, of course. It might be a complete fabrication. But you have to think it will stop some voters dead in their tracks….
– Jay Bookman