There’s a reason why Obama’s advisers would much, much rather face Newt Gingrich in the general election than Mitt Romney. And the Republican insiders surveyed routinely by the National Journal recognize it too. 83% of them think Romney has a better chance of beating Obama than Gingrich. And the reasons they offer are right on target:
However, the overwhelming refrain from the majority of Insiders on both sides focused on Gingrich’s temperament and the unpredictable risks it would create in a general election.
“Winning the presidency is all about discipline, focus, and organization,” said one Republican Insider, “none of which are strong suits for Gingrich.”
“With Newt, we go to bed every night thinking that tomorrow might be the day he implodes,” said another Republican. “Not good for our confidence – or fundraising.” A third Republican stated plainly, “Gingrich is not stable enough emotionally to be the nominee – let alone, the president.”
“Newt can’t take the scrutiny,” agreed a Democrat, “and he has the personality of an angry badger.”
Some Insiders argued that a Gingrich nomination would be a gift to the Obama campaign.
“Shhhhhhhhh – don’t tell them!” begged a Democrat, tongue firmly in cheek. “They seem hell-bent on finding anybody but Mitt. Grandpa Newt and all his quirks and quacks would be just fine, thank you.”
“Bigfoot dressed as a circus clown would have a better chance of beating President Obama than Newt Gingrich, a similarly farcical character,” quipped a Republican.
“Come on,” sighed another GOP Insider, “the White House is probably giving money to Gingrich as we speak.”
I wouldn’t be surprised if that was true.