Gingrich supporters are jubilant this morning, and Team Romney disappointed, but it is the rest of the field that is truly crestfallen. The endorsement of Newt by the Manchester Union Leader after a week in which Senator Ayotte and Congressman Bass endorsed Romney makes it a Romney-Gingrich race in the Granite State, and while the ice isn’t beginning to freeze over the Des Moines and Merrimack Rivers yet, it is over the GOP race. Which is why my Washington Examiner column tomorrow is about Newt’s immigration stance which is driving a lot of the dynamic in Iowa.
The firming of the contest raises the issue of mechanics. Ohio, for example, is among the more difficult states to qualify in for the primary ballot, and New York is a nightmare. Ballot qualification is the sort of blocking and tackling of campaigns that takes time, money and bodies, and if you don’t make the primary ballot, tough luck. When Politico or the Washington Post get around to it, it will be interesting to see which candidates have made all the filing deadlines or are prepared to do so?
Off to NYC now for tomorrow’s screening of Act of Valor. If you are a blogger or MSM and want to see the most amazing movie about the military in many years, RSVP here for tomorrow’s showing.