What they're saying about Newt/Romney matchup in Florida

Human Events scanned the blogs and news sites this weekend to gather what bloggers and columnists are saying about Newt’s victory in South Carolina, the debates last week, and the coming matchup in Florida.

“Needing to stanch the bleeding after South Carolina, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney couldn’t ask for a better state than Florida, which holds the next GOP primary and happens to have a lot of elderly voters — among whom Mr. Romney does very well.”

The Washington Times
Romney looks to rally in Florida
by Paige Winfield Cunningham

“Fresh off a stunning upset victory in South Carolina, Newt Gingrich on Sunday took the brawl for the Republican presidential nomination to Florida, where his underfunded but emotionally charged campaign will collide head-on with the organizational might of the man he beat, Mitt Romney.”

The Washington Examiner
Surging Gingrich, defensive Romney collide in Florida
by Brian Hughes

“Newt Gingrich’s sweeping victory in South Carolina throws the GOP Presidential contest into a useful uproar and poses a challenge for Mitt Romney, what’s left of the Republican establishment, and not least for Mr. Gingrich himself. We’ll see who rises to the occasion.”

The Wall Street Journal
The Gingrich challenge

“During the Republican nominating contest, competing paradigms have arisen for how to interpret the evidence from polls, voting results and other tangible indicators of success or failure.”

The New York Times
Did Gingrich’s win break the paradigm?
by Nate Silver

“Given the rather decisive nature of the South Carolina Republican primary — Newt Gingrich won by about 12 points — we can be rather brief with the takeaways here.”

Three Takeaways From South Carolina
by Sean Trende

“The South Carolina electorate didn’t vote for a person or a platform; they voted for a personality — the fiery, combative, MSM-hating Newt.”

National Review
The Ball is in Florida’s court now
by Hugh Hewitt

“Mitt Romney needs a big idea. And it’s not the one he cited at the beginning of his speech after his humiliating loss to Newt Gingrich in the South Carolina primary Saturday. Executive experience matters, Romney said. He has it and Gingrich, like President Obama, doesn’t.”

The Weekly Standard
What Mitt must learn from South Carolina
by Fred Barnes

“If the voters weren’t silly, they would understand that it has to be Mitt Romney, because, well, primary voters were silly.”
Salvo from South Carolina: Darn voters thinking for themselves again
by J.E. Deyer