The counter attack against Mitt Romney has been launched, creating a brutal 24 hour period of incessant negative coverage for the Mittster. Leading the charge has been Newt Gingrich, who is still smarting from Romney’s negative ad blitz in Iowa. It appears that Gingrich will have some measure of revenge, with Sheldon Adelson pumping $5 million into a Gingrich Super-Pac, which Newt apparently will spend tearing Romney down.
With the Meet the Press debate getting the anti-Romney bandwagon rolling the hits have been directed into South Carolina, where the anti-Romney forces, still not united, sense the imperative of stopping him. A big Romney win in South Carolina, following a big win in New Hampshire, will likely set the stage for him to close the show in Florida, where a brand new Quinnipiac University poll has Romney enjoying a double digit lead over Newt Gingrich, with Romney at 36%, Gingrich at 24%, Santorum at 16%, Ron Paul at 10%, Rick Perry at 5%, and of course Jon Huntsman at 2%. With Romney leading the pack in South Carolina the rest of the field realizes that he is on the verge of doing what I speculated that Newt Gingrich might be able to do a short time ago: running the table on the field by winning the first four contests, and locking down the nomination.
Finally I must go back to Jon Huntsman. It would appear that he has picked up some momentum in New Hampshire, where he has camped out for the past year. But he continues to poll in the single digits in South Carolina and Florida, and the strategy just escapes me. He is truly going to be bulldozed after the primary tonight, with no money and no organization in South Carolina or Florida. On to South Carolina, where the fighting will be fierce. New Hampshire predictions to come.