On November 26 I noted that Newt’s line at an overflowing town hall in Florida, “I’m the comeback grandparent”, struck the right chord.
First, it distinguished Newt’s prior “when I was young and irresponsible, I was young and irresponsible” days from the person running for president. Second, it presented the image of a fighter who, despite his age, still can throw a punch. Third, and perhaps most important, it appealed to a key demographic in Florida.
And it appears to be paying off:
A new American Research Group poll in Florida shows Newt Gingrich leading the Republican presidential field with 50%, followed by Mitt Romney at 19% and Herman Cain at 10%.
Fair enough, not a single vote has been cast in Florida or anywhere else.
My best guess is that the seniors remember Newt as a fighter, and that’s exactly what they want right now as they look on helplessly at the destruction of the nation they once knew. A grandparent who will fight like hell for the future of his grandchildren is the ticket Newt is selling in Florida, and there appear to be plenty of buyers.
Update: Yowee –
A new Rasmussen Reports national telephone survey of Likely Republican Primary Voters finds Gingrich on top with 38% of the vote. Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney is a distant second at 17%. No other candidate reaches double-digits.