[T]he Gingrich team was supposed to provide New Hampshire officials with a list of 40 committee volunteers who would represent the campaign as Republican National Convention delegates — but Gingrich’s staff couldn’t track down 40 willing supporters. Instead, they submitted a hand-scrawled, typo-ridden list of 27 people.
The question remains whether his weak campaign, his past or his crazy behavior will do the Gingrich campaign in. I stand by my prediction that Newtmentum! will throw an axle some time around Hannukah.
Then again, for Newt to collapse someone has to win. Until last week I still felt 100% that Romney would robot-walk his way to the prize, but there might be too much blood in the water now. Without inevitability on his side Romney just looks kind of pathetic and desperate. Mockery and pity have started to leak into even mainstream narratives about him, and those are death to a campaign.
I will not pretend to know what will happen when Newt implodes and leaves the race with a gaping hole. Maybe Santorum will be all over it. Or maybe (frightening as it might be) the GOP may give a second look to someone like Huntsman who can feed himself without help.
Then again, maybe I’m wrong and Newt will take it all the way. If so then keep in mind that Obama plays politics like a bullfight, gently leading his opponents in circles until they tire out and self-destruct. The last person he wants to face is someone with an even keel and a moderate streak like Huntsman or Romney. The opponent he really wants is an excitable firebrand with an easily pricked ego and moderate to low self-control. There are worse options for his team than Newton Leroy Gingrich.