Hugh Hewitt

The only good news is that MSM cannot stop the GOP base, powered now by Tea Party activism, from actually choosing the nominee, even if the MSM does bend the opinion curve some in Iowa and New Hampshire. This race will either be won quickly by Romney or go very long indeed as the rules of the GOP primaries have changed to prevent the sort of narrow but decisive blitz that John McCain mounted in 2008.

What matters this year is not one-day bungles and fumbles, but the steady ability to show up the day after and gamely press on and press flesh and press ideas.

What really matters, far more than anything else, is a plan to tackle the fiscal crisis --a detailed, coherent, optimistic plan to bring morning back to America and unleash the productive power of the country again as it has been so often in the past.

Newt is an apostle of such dynamic opportunity society policies, so he won't be going anywhere, no matter how mad some folks are and no matter how much the Clinton-era MSM nurses its grudges.

Hugh Hewitt

Hugh Hewitt is host of a nationally syndicated radio talk show. Hugh Hewitt's new book is The War On The West.