* Newt Gingrich is correct. Florida cemented that fact that this really is now a two-person race between him and Mitt Romney. I wish Ron Paul was doing better…but it is what it is.
Anyway, polling released today in the Las Vegas Review-Journal shows that among GOP voters in Nevada, Romney leads Gingrich 45-25 percent. But among those who strongly support the tea party movement, Gingrich leads Romney 37-27 percent. So this really is a race pitting moderate vs. conservative and the establishment vs. the grassroots.
* From the Don’t-Call-Us-We’ll-Call-You Department comes this quote from Tim Miller: “The reality is Newt hasn’t learned from his past mistakes, and he’s completely unwilling to run the type of disciplined campaign necessary to win.” Mr. Miller is a former aide to Jon Huntsman – the guy who has already dropped out of the race because he ran such a crappy campaign. So consider the source.
* Rick Santorum is delusional. He doesn’t have the funding, the national following, the record of achievement or the gravitas to be the conservative alternative to Romney. Period. It’s still an uphill climb for Gingrich, too, but Gingrich clearly has the better shot. The longer Santorum stays in the race, the more likely it is the GOP will nominate its next Ford-Dole-McCain. Thanks, Rick.
* The best endorsement news for Newt Gingrich in Nevada this week was in NOT getting Sharron Angle’s. After blowing a slam-dunk opportunity to take out Sen. Harry Reid in the 2010 election, Angle is pretty close to political kryptonite in Nevada now. And to the surprise of nobody, she endorsed Rick Santorum on Wednesday. Newt really dodged a bullet on that one.