Here’s the report from the Huffington Post:
“If I don’t win the primary Saturday, we will probably nominate a moderate,” the former House speaker said, referring to Mitt Romney. “And the odds are fairly high he will lose to Obama.”
Gingrich’s frank statement was in contrast to former Sen. Rick Santorum and his supporters, who have insisted that the former Pennsylvania senator can and will keep his candidacy alive even if Romney wins the Palmetto state and goes on to win Florida on Jan. 31.
Trying to brand Romney a “moderate” is a fine campaign tactic that most voters just shrug off as noise, but they do hear the “and the odds are fairly high that he will lose to Obama,” which doesn’t hurt Romney but Gingrich himself, just as did the attacks on Bain. Ginrich has risen when he has attacked Obama or the MSM or the sacred cows of media elites. He falls when he lashes out at his competition or at the prospects of the party in the fall.
This comment is the sort one makes on reading polls after Tuesday’s night’s debate and failing to see the sort of movement that can be claimed to be momentum.