So what now? After beating up on each other in the Florida primary -- Newt Gingrich called Mitt Romney a liar who tried to buy the election -- how do they move forward?
There is no question that Gingrich was severely damaged in Florida, and not just by a torrent of negative ads. Gingrich went from a positive, sometimes happy warrior to a mean and scowling, unhappy man. It was as if he felt entitled to the nomination; this from a candidate who promises to cut back on entitlements.
Gingrich says he will endorse Romney if he wins the nomination, which now appears more likely. Mike Huckabee called Romney a liar in the 2008 race, but now he's for him and thinks he would make a great president. Is that because Huckabee thinks Romney is no longer lying about him so he's OK?
This is one of many reasons people hate politics. They never know when the politicians are sincere or just saying what they believe some people want to hear to feed their own sense of self-importance and improve their election prospects.
The Democrats have got to love this.
I'm Cal Thomas in Washington.
Publication date: February 2, 2012