It's "Circle the Wagons" time.
The endorsements are starting to pile up for Romney for one reason alone: he has the best chance to defeat Obama.
Is that fair? Is that the right thing to do? Has Romney suddenly become popular? No. Is it politics? Yup.
The Gingrich skyrocket is now starting to go the way of Bachmann, Perry and Cain before him. He has peaked and is already slowing down. Those other three never did recover once they peaked and they all flamed out before crashing.
Paul had a very poor debate and is losing traction; he won't recover from the foreign policy/military mess answers, except among his true believers, and they can't get him past Iowa even if he wins.
The heat is on Gingrich, to put mildly, and he doesn't have the money or the structure to fight for too long; his weaknesses are showing now. The obvious fact that he has the same character flaws and problems as Romney is catching up - as well as the fidelity problem. And Romney is wallowing in an ocean of cash that he has just begun to use to squash Gingrich in the post-debate period.
Bachmann doesn't have long to go before her campaign is over but she is going out with a bang: she roasted Paul and Gingrich over an open fire, slobbering over every every minute of it, and leaving Romney to do his imitation of calm, dignified, classy statesman.
It's all very depressing. But now the GOP stalwarts are coming together behind Mitt and they can be a formidable bunch when roused.