Originally Posted by SnerpGoodWord
The obvious negatives [to Gingrich] 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.
You forgot the ethics violations that got him a $300,000 fine (and arguably resulted in his unspoken abdication).