Originally Posted by SnerpGoodWord
I can think of several things:
1) he's the strongest debater
2) the fall of Herman Cain was obviously the catalyst
3) his platform is the most consistent with Republican primary voters
4) he has a track record of actually shrinking government, which none of the others can say
The obvious negatives are his affairs, 3 marriages, the slightly Stepfordish air about Calista, and for some people his conversion to Catholicism. Normally those would relegate him to be a commentator rather than a candidate. But Romney is so unpalatable to the primary voters that they're willing to overlook all that just to get a competent conservative candidate. Romney's competent but not conservative. Perry and Cain are conservative but not competent. The rest are loons.
While I do not agree with Newt, I would add to Snerps points by saying he is by far the smartest of the candidates. Like him or hate him, he knows his stuff..