Just a few short weeks ago, GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich was so sure of himself that he stated outright that negative attacks from his opponents wouldn’t work.
In an interview with ABC’s Jake Tapper on Dec. 1, 2011, Gingrich said he wouldn’t bother attacking his opponents back because as the “nominee” all he needs to do is focus on Obama.
”It’s very hard not to look at the recent polls and think that the odds are very high I’m going to be the nominee,” declared Gingrich.
At that very moment, a CNN/TIME/ORC poll being taken in Iowa was showing Gingrich leading with 33% and rising to within striking distance of Mitt Romney in New Hampshire.
Yesterday, just 27 days later, a new CNN/TIME/ORC poll showed Gingrich had fallen to fourth place in Iowa (at 14%, behind Rick Santorum) and 28-points behind Romney in New Hampshire.
Those attacks by his opponents clearly worked. Newt is not made of Teflon, it turned out.
A humbled Gingrich told NBC News that he now expects a third or fourth place finish in Iowa and is already looking ahead to South Carolina’s primary on Jan. 21.
WOW, what a difference a few weeks make!!