Newt Gingrich’s rise in the polls is not a welcome development for many GOP conservatives.
Sonia Smith, writing in Texas Monthly, notes that conservative commentators seem to be trying to outdo one another in heaping abuse on Gingrich.
(Here’s an example from George Will at the Washington Post.)
That has fueled speculation that Ron Paul could rally the faithful as a third-party candidate. But others note that this development would pave Obama’s way to a second term while creating awkwardness for Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.
(I would also observe that, besides getting Obama re-elected, a Ron Paul candidacy would also be another step toward disintegration of our political system’s ability to build concensus that is necessary for successful government. I do not want ANYONE elected to the Presidency with 40 percent of the popular vote.)