And now Newt Gingrich will save the Republican Party…

The Republican primary voters seem to have found yet another new savior of the party. Let’s see how long that lasts.

This time it’s the political veteran and former Speaker of the House of Representatives Newt Gingrich, who suddenly has caught a strong wind in his back judging from the latest opinion polls after a long period at the bottom of the field.

In contrast, Mitt Romney continues to languish around 20 percent. The support for Herman Cain has dropped significantly and Rick Perry and Michele Bachmann are stuck in single digits.

The question is whether Gingrich’s rise means anything more than that the search among the Republican primary voters to find a candidate who can seriously challenge President Obama — now with renewed momentum — has entered a desperate stage. For just like Perry, Bachmann and Cain before him, the grumpy, unpredictable and condescending Gingrich, who loves to complain about the media and their questions, has little chance in the end to capture the nomination.

The twelve television debates to date with the eight candidates have been an embarrassing, yes, a sorrow spectacle, and it’s not over yet – another 14 debates wait until March next year …

Is this the best the GOP has to offer? It is a question many Republican voters also must ask themselves when watching Rick Perry’s brain freeze recently, when he could not remember which three departments he wants to eliminate, or Herman Cain’s brain freeze the other day after a question about Libya.

The foreign policy debate on Saturday in South Carolina was particularly illustrative of how weak the field is. Their superficial foreign policy knowledge, with the exception of former Ambassador Jon Huntsman, was astonishing. Everyone wanted to prove tough – yes, bomb Iran!

And Cain’s, Bachmann’s and Perry’s support of waterboarding when interrogating terrorist suspects was downright shocking. Thankfully, they were met with opposition by Huntsman and Ron Paul.

And afterwards, former Republican presidential candidate and prisoner of war, John McCain, called the waterboarding statements “disappointing, ” and President Obama stated forcefully:

“They’re wrong. Waterboarding is torture. It’s contrary to America’s tradition. It’s contrary to our ideals. That’s not who we are. That’s not how we operate. We do not need it in order to prosecute the war on terrorism. And we did the right thing by ending that practice. If we want to lead around the world, part of our leadership is setting a good example. And anybody who has actually read about and understand the practice of waterboarding would say that that is torture. And that’s not something we do – period. “

Of course! How could anyone say anything else?


Who is now going to be the Republicans’ savior?

New Jersey Governor Chris Christie said no, so who will now be the Republican Party’s savior in the presidential election in 2012?

The attempts to persuade Christie to run point to a large degree of desperation among the Republican voters, which, in turn, springs from a deep despair that any of the current eight candidates could beat President Obama next year. This despair can be seen in the many recent polls, with large swings with each new measurement – up and down.

Right now, it’s like this:

Romney remains steadily but uninspiringly in the front group; Perry, until recently the new star, has lost a lot of support; Bachmann, who still hopes on Iowa, has lost even more of Perry; Paul has his solid support among libertarians, but little else; Gingrich, the old Fox, looks a little brighter to the future; Santorum and Huntsman are still last.

Remains: pizza magnate Herman Cain, the field’s only Black candidate, the non-politician, who has suddenly rushed to the lead. Cain – the new savior. His success stems from the growing support among the party’s right wing, the most conservative voters, according to Public Policy Polling.

“This most conservative group of Republican voters has been shopping for a candidate all year. They’ve gone from Huckabee to Trump back to Huckabee to Bachmann to Perry and now to Cain. I would expect their support for Cain to be pretty temporary. One thing that’s been very clear through all these twists and turns though — they’re not going to support Romney.”

I don’t think that the savior of the moment – Herman Cain – stands a chance in the long run. But the anti-Romney sentiments remain strong among Republican voters, and that does not bode well for Romney ahead of the primary elections, where the most conservative are also the most active and largely control the election process.

John Dickerson in Slate:

“There is an unresolved feeling about Romney. He is atop the polls again, but three-quarters of the voters say they want someone else. Even the majority of his supporters say that they could still change their mind.”

The hunt for the Republican savior continues, but there are not many names left. Only Sarah Palin, and I want to say again that I don’t think she will run. It now seems the Republican voters don’t want Palin to run, judging by the latest Washington Post/ABC poll, where 63 per cent say they do not want her to be a candidate.

So, in the end, the Republican voters will have to settle for the eight candidates they now have. It is among them that they will have to find their savior.