While discussing the GOP's newest frontrunner, Newt Gingrich's latest rise in the polls, even the better part of the panel on Fox News Sunday didn't think much of his prospects for winning the GOP presidential nomination once voters start paying more attention to his lobbying work and flip-flopping on issues at every turn just as Mitt Romney has.
When even the pundits over at Fox are throwing cold water on your campaign's prospects and feel they don't have much choice but to discuss your baggage, I'd say that probably doesn't bode well for the kind of media coverage you can expect in the near future from any of the other networks as well, although I'm sure Hannity will still be doing his best to help Newt out.
WALLACE: So, Brit, how do you account for Newt's rise, particularly after the dismal start, million dollars in debt, his staff firing him, and now he's the co-frontrunner?
HUME: Well, in a sense, it was his turn. And he now occupies the single most dangerous place to be in American politics, which is the non-Romney leader in the Republican field, the position that has been occupied by everybody from Donald Trump to most recently Herman Cain, with a couple others in between who have fallen by the wayside.
Everybody who has occupied that spot has entered almost immediately a slide. It remains to be seen, of course, if Gingrich will. I think he has some vulnerabilities, and the explaining you saw him do on Greta van Susteren's show just now is a sign of that. One of those companies that he represented to the tune of a considerable sum of money, represented, or worked for, advised, was, of course, Freddie Mac, which was a big player in the mortgage meltdown.
So he has some vulnerabilities. And he has a long tract record. And he's got books. And he's got many public statements on many issues. In fact, if you look -- you know, he's had about every position you can have on -- on every issue. Not all of those positions were conservative. So we will hear all about that in the weeks ahead.