Doyle McManus: A long battle with Gingrich hurts Mitt against Obama
The real test, as always, will be one of temperament: Is New Newt disciplined and steady enough to match Romney's virtually error-free run?
"When Newt is doing well is when he gets into trouble," a Romney advisor told me. "He's smarter than he used to be. We're about to find out how much smarter."
The smart money among Republican political veterans is still on Romney. But Gingrich is making his progress to the nomination more difficult.
A long primary campaign doesn't necessarily damage a party's nominee. In 2008, Barack Obama battled Hillary Rodham Clinton until June, and won the general election by a wide margin.
But a bitter battle between candidates over their respective consistency, reliability and honesty is unlikely to do either one much good. If the Republican race turns into a long, two-man slugfest, the real winner could be Obama.
Doyle McManus is a columnist for The Los Angeles Times. Email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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