Believe it or not, Newt Gingrich is doing Mitt Romney a favor. Gingrich has spent the past week attacking Romney's tenure as the head of Bain Capital, the private equity firm Romney helped found in the 1980s. The attacks, however, have mostly backfired. In fact, they've managed to generate the one thing that the Romney campaign has failed to win or buy for itself: sympathy.
But as Peter Suderman explains, what's good for Romney may be bad for the rest of us. Gingrich's attacks aren't just helping to unite conservatives in defense of Romney, they're distracting from the very real flaws in Romney's record.