"In Newt Gingrich's World Rules Do not Apply to Him..." Could this be the secret sauce of his appeal? Certainly it gives him a basis to bond with quite a few New Jersey drivers, people who cut ski lines and other key suburban constituencies.
UPDATE: While contemplating the awfulness of a possible GOP nominee, it's worth remembering why it's so important to have a (reasonably) good one. See "Obama's Critics Are Right," by David Frum.
UPDATE 2: Speaking of criticisms of Obama, reasonable and otherwise, Conor Friedersdorf gives an astute assessment of what's behind the Gingrich phenomenon.