Romney aide: Losing big to Gingrich tonight will actually help Mitt or something

“When we go up against Newt, it helps us in the general election,” he said. “It’s not an ideological thing as much as judgment—the total gestalt of it.”…

Of course, a loss is still a loss, and up until very recently, Romney and his surrogates had been predicting a first-place finish in the Palmetto State. Asked whether Romney’s collapse in the polls is forcing Romney’s campaign to consult its own mortality, the aide laughed.

“Oh God, no,” he said. “I mean, to face Newt Gingrich?”