Since my original post on the status of Republican candidates, Newt Gingrich has gone on to augur in still further in his chances for the Republican nomination, which presently rank somewhere around that of a snowball in hell.
Steven Hayward of Power Line has an apt comparison to Romney, but not Mitt. Instead it is to Mitt's dad George, governor of Michigan in the late 1960s & for a while a competitor with Nixon for the 1968 Republican nomination, until he committed a major gaffe. Romney père was vulnerable to charges that he was vacillating on the war in Viet Nam (Vacillating? Sounds like a family trait.) & tried to explain his position away by saying that he was "brainwashed" by DoD & State Department briefers during a previous visit to South Viet Nam. (Yes, Steven, I'm old enough to remember it well.) Compare this to Gingrich's inexplicable criticsm of Paul Ryan's plan - "radical" & "right-wing social engineering" - & his scramble to explain it away after a video aired of him being verbally accosted in Iowa. As if that weren't bad enough, his panicked statement in response filmed outside the hall minutes later provides a good analogy to George Romney's verbal self-immolation.
Bryan Preston at the PJ Tatler has another analogy for Newt, this time to Charlie Sheen - "I'm winning!"