I will admit to having in the past been wary of showing any support for a Gingrich presidential bid, and I have always been rather concerned about how the general electorate would react to certain aspects of the Speaker's personal life. In this field, however, a vote for Gingrich is looking increasingly tempting.
I don't think anybody really doubts Gingrich's intelligence or his tenacity, and both of these characteristics make Gingrich a tempting choice for a nominee. What also strikes me about him is his debate performance, particularly his ability to wipe the floor with any moderator who annoys him. I do, however, have some concerns. It is hard to argue that Gingrich is not to some degree part of the Establishment. He may be just a little bit too Old GOP for today's voters.
That said, my main reservation about Gingrich is still the unpleasantness linked to his personal life, which is hardly an image positive. On the positive side, most of the bad stuff there is about Gingrich we probably already know, limiting the October Surprise potential.
Part of my problem is that I'm just not on the Romney bandwagon. I'll vote for him if he's the nominee, but don't expect me to be singing his praises. I might even end up voting for Romney in the primary anyway, but I'm just neither sold on him nor enthusiastic about him. Despite the fact that I'll probably end up voting Romney anyway, part of me thinks that I would be more enthusiastic about a Gingrich candidacy than a Romney, despite the fact that I may not cast a vote for Gingrich. A Gingrich primary vote seems tempting, but oh-so unlikely. Please tell me I'm not the only one with this problem.