The Republican establishment in 2008, believing they knew better than us common folk, chose and pushed their golden-child on us, and he got annihilated by Obama. If they get their way again, Obama will win again.
The way Conservatives win elections is by running on and standing firm on their Conservative principles. Newt Gingrich's Conservatism has been proven time and again by his record, receiving an American Conservative Union lifetime rating of 90 percent. He was part of the Reagan team, Nancy Reagan having said at the 1995 Goldwater Institute dinner "Barry Goldwater handed the torch to Ronnie, and in turn Ronnie turned that torch over to Newt..." He has endorsements from proven Conservatives ranging from Michael Reagan to J.C. Watts.
At the same time, as Speaker of the House under Bill Clinton, he has proven he can work in a bipartisan manner to achieve much needed results while standing firm on his principles, sometimes taking on members of his own party to do what was right for the American people. He is a great thinker with bold ideas, and has proven he can convert these ideas into real working solutions, contrary to the inaccurate charges stating otherwise from his past disgruntled colleagues whom he had to take on in some issues. As far as Newt's "baggage", it has been out in the open for many years, thoroughly scrutinized and discussed. There are no surprises to be found here. Also important, Newt is strong in the debates. He will take Obama to the proverbial woodshed anytime.