How Realistic Is a Newt Win?

Here’s an interesting take on the Republican nominating process from Nate Silver at 538 Politics, Did Gingrich’s Win Break the Paradigm? Silver considers two competing narratives. First  that Romney will win the nomination because the  establishment confers on him the money and organizational strength that always succeeds in the long haul and enables the establishment candidate to withstand reversals such as South Carolina. The narrative that challenges that paradigm is “this time it’s different” – 2012 is an outlier, Romney is a drab and unappealing candidate, passion runs so strongly for a strong conservative that the establishment loses and the populist outsider sweeps toward the nomination. Part of the traditional story is that a challenger in as much trouble as Newt was following New Hampshire sees his money and organizational appeal dissipate. But what has happened here is that perhaps Gingrich couldn’t raise money, but Sheldon Adelson pumped five million dollars into attacking Romney in South Carolina and that made the difference. And that means “this time it’s different.” So read the provocative article at 538 Politics.

About Maurice T. Cunningham

Maurice T. Cunningham is Associate Professor of Political Science at the University of Massachusetts at Boston. He teaches courses in American government including Massachusetts Politics, The American Presidency, Catholics in Political Life, The Political Thought of Abraham Lincoln, American Political Thought, and Public Policy. His book Maximization, Whatever the Cost: Race, Redistricting and the Department of Justice examines the role of the DOJ in requiring states to maximize minority voting districts in the Nineties. He has published articles dealing with the role of the Catholic Church in Massachusetts politics and on party politics in the state. His research interests focus upon the changing political culture of Massachusetts. Professor Cunningham is a regular contributor to the online magazine CommonwealthMagazine.org. He is a former assistant district attorney and assistant attorney general in Massachusetts. Professor Cunningham is a lifelong resident of Massachusetts. He earned his BA at the University of Massachusetts at Boston, his JD at New England School of Law, and PhD at Boston College. He lives in Cambridge with his wife and two children.
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