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Posted at 09:45 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Friday question answered

I asked readers if one of the the Republican presidential contenders who took a spill might come roaring back.

A few readers pointed to Newt Gingrich. Eddiehaskell wrote, in part, “Gingrich is the most likely out of the alleged lower polling candidates to make a run. He exudes confidence, has a good plan, has experience in which he has already accomplished something in D.C.” (It is interesting that Sunday an operative in another campaign commented that Gingrich has improved since losing David Carney and others who have moved on to Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s campaign: “Newt is doing much better now that he is free of those guys.”) Both eddiehaskell and shaniceWilliams point to Gingrich’s support of Rep. Paul Ryan’s budget as a plus.

One reader picked Perry (sort of). RegisUrge argues: “It is amazing how unprepared Perry turned out to be. Hard to believe he successfully waged 3 campaigns for governor in Texas. Obviously, George Bush, with a similar background, was much better prepared, or more skilled, or both. But, having learned painfully from his mistakes thus far, Perry still can act constructively. So, he is due for a comeback, unless he is just inept.”

Baldinho had the most creative answer: “Would a Romney rout qualify as a comeback? That seems the most likely scenario.” Well, Mitt Romney has stayed constant as others have risen and fallen, so it is not as if he recaptured lost voters. That said, he’s held his base while others haven’t. And the reader is right: Romney went from faux front-runner, to deposed front-runner, back to front-runner. This time around he seems more adept and worthy of the distinction. As John Podhoretz observed in the New York Post, “while everybody was looking for an alternative to him, Romney has used his time on the trail to turn himself into a dazzling candidate.” Now we’ll have to see if someone can regroup and outshine him.

By  |  09:45 AM ET, 10/17/2011

Categories:  2012 campaign, Friday question

 
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