Originally Posted by Gabo
The reason Newt has catapulted to front-runner status is the same reason Bachman, Perry, and Cain were catapulted to front-runner status.
1) The corporate media decided they wanted the candidate to be a front runner.
2) The media told everyone we should keep an eye out for that candidate surging.
3) The media followed and showed everything possible about the candidate, capitalizing upon and screaming about every victory, small or big.
This is precisely why you've seen FOUR candidates now shoot rapidly to the top. It is also the same reason why the previous three fell to the wayside after their month in the spotlight, and the same reason why Newt will be history in a month.
The media is throwing every candidate they can after Ron Paul, one at a time, to see if any of them will stick. Who knows, maybe Newt somehow will, but I find that hard to believe with his insane ethics problems, infidelity, insider position, corruption, and taking bribes from Fannie/Freddie.
In the end, the race will be between Romney, whose support has been unenthusiastic and waning over the course of the campaign, and Ron Paul, whose support has steadily increased despite continual lack of media coverage, and outright media blackout.
I disagree, this is very different from those three. They were all relatively new announcements for their candidacy that gave them a bump and they all had some event that helped garner them some media attention that caused the rise as well. By the way I don't think any of them actually lead except perhaps Perry. Newt Gingrich announced his candidacy months ago and as far as I can tell there was no caucus victory or some other event that corresponded with this rise. The only event is the aformentioned Herman Cane dropping out of the race.
Newt has been wallowing in single digit numbers for months and I don't understand how all the conservatives decided he was their guy considering months before most of them were eyeing him dubiously because he denounced Paul Ryan's Medicare reform as 'right-wing social engineering.