Newt Gingrich is unelectable. It is hard to see the evangelicals voting for a thrice-married man with a marital scandal involving a martyred wife. Whatever they may feel about Obama being black, there has never been a whiff of scandal about his marriage to Michelle and they have the two lovely little kids. The Reverend Wright ridiculousness will stand him in good stead because it graphically put him in a pew in a Protestant church for twenty years. A faithful church-going family is hard to beat with Newt for the evangelical vote.
And it is hard to see women voting for a man who is every wife's nightmare of what her husband might be up to.
His influence-peddling career may well splinter Tea Party members for whom he is precisely what they hate about Washington. Not even Koch's money would be able to clean up that stink and keep the rednecks on board.
And to a television electorate, it matters that Gingrich is fat and rumpled-looking whereas Obama is tall, slim, younger, and looks good in clothes.
The most effective political commentary I see is John Stewart on the Daily Show. How appropriate is it that the Republic is guarded most honestly by the Sixth Estate, the comedians. When politics becomes a joke, the jokers are the ones to explain it.