Paul Waldman, on the lay of the land in the Republican race:
“Only two of these candidates, Romney and Perry, are remotely plausible nominees. No one who knows a thing about politics actually believed that Donald Trump could mount a serious campaign, or that Michele Bachmann could, or that Herman Cain could. And clear-eyed Republicans view the idea of Gingrich as the GOP nominee with horror. There’s a reason Gingrich is so unpopular. He’s personally unlikeable, a self-important blowhard whose default mode is sneering contempt for everyone around him. He’s reckless and unpredictable. He’s got a private history of despicable behavior, cheating on two wives and then dumping them for younger models. His record of flip-flops puts Mitt Romney’s to shame. Even if the economy fails to accelerate before next November, there is simply no way Newt Gingrich could beat Barack Obama.