Key conservative media outlets have been running stories in recent days suggesting that Newt Gingrich is not only catching up with Mitt Romney in the race for the Republican nomination, but that he is actually ahead of Romney. It’s perhaps no coincidence that these stories are appearing at a time when Herman Cain’s campaign looks like it could be collapsing.
Mitt Romney’s campaign has been bubbling away in recent months, coasting along while his key rivals fall away. Romney has been lucky, in the sense that the likes of Rick Perry, Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain have more or less imploded without offering a sustained challenge.
Some observers believe, however, that there is a significant anti-Romney faction within the GOP, and that this faction could promote a rival candidate such as Gingrich. Arguably, Newt Gingrich is the last viable anti-Romney candidate for the GOP establishment to try, seeing as they seem pathologically opposed to the idea of Ron Paul, who is arguably the only other genuine contender for the nomination.