"The traditional rationalization about intraparty smears is that it's too early to dismiss the GOP's chances; that it's healthy for the party to battle with mud-flinging; that all this will be forgiven in the heat of August when the party embraces the man who would be king. However, the recklessness of Gingrich's assault on Romney as Long John Silver, and the ruthlessness of the party's Romney chorus screeching at Gingrich as the Undead, all this does reinforce doubts already in place with the independent voters, as well as creating a YouTube bonanza of clips for the Obama re-elect ops in Chicago."
Newt can't back down now. He has already resigned in Disgrace from public life once. He cannot do it again by quitting the race now - especially after how Mean Romney was to him. Civilization is at stake. Newt must fight on or be labeled an eternal loser of the like that mankind has not witnessed before.