David Bossie, a longtime friend of Newt Gingrich who’s worked closely with him in recent years as president of Citizens United, says that Mitt Romney needs to consider whether his attacks on Gingrich could cost the GOP in the general election.
“Mitt Romney’s nasty, negative. derisive campaign threw everything they had at Newt Gingrich this week and it didn’t work,” Bossie told TPM. “They need to consider whether they’re harming the eventual nominee as they’re making these attacks.”
Bossie said that Rick Santorum may have to consider soon, perhaps after Florida, whether he might be better served dropping out to allow Gingrich a shot at consolidating the anti-Romney vote.
“I respect and honor Rick Santorum, but he’s going to have to have a gut check at some point,” he said. “I love the guy but at this stage you have to look at what’s going on and figure out if you have the organization and money to go on.”
Either way, he said the damage to Romney in South Carolina was profound.
“The veil of inevitability is gone,” he said.