Why is Romney Attacking Gingrich and Why Barack Obama is Smiling

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When the Republican Party was trying on Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain as anti-Romney candidates, Mitt remained in the background and above the fray. With Gingrich, he has taken a more active and aggressive stance.

"Zany," Romney says, "is not what we need in a president."

The reason?

Unlike Michele Bachmann and Herman Cain, Gingrich is a real contender. He may talk too much, say the wrong thing at the wrong time, and eventually implode from his own loquaciousness. But Newt is shrewd, politically skilled and not to be taken lightly.

Just today, Nate Silver wrote that Gingrich's momentum has slowed and perhaps stopped, but there is no question that the architect of the 1994 Republican Revolution is a more serious contender than any other challenger in the race.

The beneficiary of Republican discontent is Barack Obama who - if early polls are to be believed - loses to a generic Republican, narrowly beats Mitt Romney and wins in a landslide against Newt Gingrich. He has to be hoping for a long and negative Republican campaign.