Newt Gingrich leads the Republican pack of presidential hopefuls in the key state of Iowa, according to a new poll out Sunday, and he seems likely to pick up Herman Cain's endorsement.
He’s got the wind at his back in most polls – especially the closely-watched Des Moines Register’s Iowa poll out Sunday. Just as important (perhaps more so), he’s way ahead of the pack when likely primary election voters’ second choice is taken into account.
Unlike Herman Cain, who dropped out Saturday, Gingrich’s personal failings involving women other than his wife occurred a decade or more ago. Significantly, many evangelical leaders (if not their followers) have accepted his prayerful contrition.
To most Republicans, it doesn’t matter that he may have flip-flopped on such issues as climate change and an individual mandate on health care; he’s on the right side now. And if his position on illegal immigrants is more nuanced than his thrown-‘em-all-out presidential rivals, that’s a reminder of the compassionate conservatism the Republican Party once espoused.