Gingrich’s Iowa campaign will live forever as a case study in what happens if you are faced with a negative campaign and don’t fight back. Alongside Michael Dukakis in 1988 and John Kerry in 2004…

The only remaining question is whether conservatives will mount a die-hard resistance campaign against Romney. Once they rally behind an alternative, the conservative candidate and his super PAC can start raising money to wage a guerrilla campaign against the front-runner. The guerrillas won’t win, but they may do a lot of damage to the nominee.

The outlook for the general election campaign is no less belligerent. Republicans can win only by hammering home the point that the Obama administration has been a failure. Romney has been saying that for months.

Republicans now have a weapon they call “the book” — 500 pages of every public utterance made by President Barack Obama since the day he took office in 2009, complete with sources. All online.