Unfortunately, debates don't always decide races ... or maybe they do. Gingrich melted in Florida, never to revive. His opponents avoided additional debates with one rare exception, that being a CNN contest in Arizona. Amazingly, after that debate, the popular Gov. Jan Brewer told CNN that she liked Gingrich's response to the issue of immigration better than those of his fellow candidates. But because Gingrich did not pursue Arizona as a major battleground, Brewer ended up endorsing Mitt Romney.
Was Newt Gingrich the most qualified Republican running for the nomination? Yes. Was he also historically the most inept at running a campaign, keeping money in place and creating a strategy? Yes.
Is the Romney campaign dumb enough to not reach out for his help and advice? We shall see. Because in the case of Gingrich, he is a much better teacher than student, and no one knows that more than me.
I will say, though, that America was robbed and deprived of what could have been the greatest show on earth -- Newt Gingrich debating Barack Obama. Unlike most columnists, I admire Obama's ability to speak and debate. But he has never met a match like Newt Gingrich, and for the moment it looks like he never will.