But the reality is that Newt needs to go away now and let the party coalesce around Romney, who certainly appears to be the the G.O.P.'s nominee for 2012. Not that I'm a soothsayer or anything like that, ESPECIALLY when it comes to Republican politics, but Romney has the momentum and money to wage war against the present administration -- but he won't have the financial resources he needs to deal with Obama on the campaign trail if he has to be combating both Newt and the altar boy. I think it's safe to say that Santorum is too polarizing, even for the Catholics (who never seem to quite get behind him) to have a realistic shot at the White House, either. In fact, I'd like to say goodbye to the both of them and get down to the business of trying to figure out who Mitt Romney really is and whether or not he might be able to do a better job as president then our current one is.
So long, Newt. It was a good run and you had some interesting moments. Best of luck to you and the present Mrs. Gingrich. See you on the dark side of the moon.