Even though Newt Gingrich is promising all sorts of cool things like a permanent moon base and trips to Mars during a Gingrich presidency, nobody seems to like him. Politico is noticing that within the last 24 hours, what seems to be a mainstream conservative push against Gingrich has 'spontaneously' launched. Drudge, Ann Coulter, National Review, and other outlets are going no-holds-barred in their anti-Gingrich coverage. They quote an anonymous "top conservative media figure" as saying about the prospect of a Gingrich candidacy:
"It could happen, and it would be a disaster,” said the conservative, who spoke on condition of anonymity to protect private conversations. “All of us who were around and saw how he operated as speaker — there’s no one who’s not appalled by the prospect of what could happen. He thinks he embodies conservatism and if he wakes up one day and has a grandiose thought, he is going to expect all of us to fall in line behind him.
“There’s just so much risk on so many levels,” the official continued. “Everyone’s thinking, ‘It could really happen.’ He could win the presidency if there’s a way to win with 45 percent — a second recession or a third-party candidate. The immediate worry is him winning the nomination and losing the election, tanking candidates down-ballot. In a worst-case scenario, you could see unified Democratic governance, and we’d be back where we were in ’09 and ’10. It’s insane.”
In other Gingrich-y news, Team Newt has admitted that Gingrich's finger-wagging lecture at John King—the one that basically reinvigorated his campaign—was centered around a lie: "his campaign did not offer ABC News witnesses to rebut his ex-wife’s ‘open marriage’ claim," as Gingrich said they did.
And, lastly, as always, The Onion nails it.