Ron Paul got a boost this week following a debate spat with Newt Gingrich. While discussing Gingrich’s military record (or lack of), Paul responded to Gingrich’s claim that he had a child by noting that he was married with two kids “and I went”.
After uttering the (now) famous lines, Paul stared straight ahead and the audience, after a pause, started to applaud him. Gingrich’s protestations that he “wasn’t eligible” probably didn’t play too well with an electorate that often places great value on a candidate’s military record.
Gingrich’s campaign looks to be falling apart as the candidates prepare for the New Hampshire vote. Mitt Romney is likely to win that vote, despite his lead having dropped considerably in recent days and despite a last-minute “I like firing people” gaffe that in other circumstances would likely have been more costly.