"... the Establishment will be staring down the barrel of two utterly unpalatable choices. On the one hand, Gingrich's national favorable-unfavorable ratings of 26.5 and 58.6 percent, respectively make him not just unelectable against Obama but also mean that he would likely be a ten-ton millstone around the necks of down-ballot Republican candidates across the country. And on the other, Romney has shown in two successive contests -- one in a bellwether Republican state, the other in a key swing state -- an inability to beat his deeply unpopular rival. If this scenario unfolds, the sound of GOP grandees whispering calls for a white knight... will be deafening."Except I would take it a step farther and say that Gingrich has already proven that Romney, for better or for worse, is unable to rally voters to his cause. Despite the Gingrinch Surge 2.0, Romney should have been able to rally enough voters around him as the supposedly credible, capable candidate he says he is. Instead, he dropped below what he was polling before (above 30%) and allowed Gingrich to become the "anti-Romney" without effectively combating it. And this is with overwhelming leads in terms of organization, fundraising, and simple strategy. He's incompetent.
The two prohibitive frontrunners are now both tainted, both unpalatable, and both going to lose in the general election. The GOP is done.