Rich Galen

Everyone on this continent, with the possible exception of Newt, noted that he did not win in DC, Maryland, or Wisconsin last week.

He came in FOURTH in DC, Maryland, and Wisconsin behind Ron Paul.

Most normally wired human beings would find that result, at a minimum, embarrassing; and, at a maximum, cause to run into the sea and attempt swim to Portugal.

Not Newt.

Newt, having watched Santorum's presser, had Sugarplum Fairies dancing in his head telling him that he, Newt, is the fairest in the land.

He is not.

Not in this land, nor in any other land on any planet in any galaxy in the known universe.

In typical fashion, just when you thought Newt might have redeemed himself, he does something that proves your original opinion of him was correct.

So, Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee.

Here's where I think the campaign between Romney and Obama will be decided: Who has the ability to guide the nation through the next coming worldwide economic downturn.

If Americans think that class warfare is the right approach, then Barack Obama will be re-elected.

If, on the other hand, Americans believe that expanding opportunities to succeed is the best way forward, then Mitt Romney will be sworn in on January 20, 2013.

In mid-April, it's too close to call.

Rich Galen

Rich Galen has been a press secretary to Dan Quayle and Newt Gingrich. Rich Galen currently works as a journalist and writes at