Facts won't matter
In the end, the facts won't matter. The discussion of who is more vulnerable, who has the most or least baggage in the general election, whose history will hurt him more or less, whether Bain or the Fannie Mae situation will provide more fodder to the Democrats' political machine won't matter, even though we like to pretend they will.
The Democrats are already engaged in a scorched-earth slaughter-fest, and the media acts as their advocate and champion; nuances of this or that that we Republicans spend time debating will have no place in the lead-up to the November election. In fact, it's rather charming to imagine that anyone will care about blind trusts or the differences between consulting and lobbying and who paid what in capital gains taxes and who cheated on his wife. The media and the Democrats, if you'll pardon the redundancy, will be creating their own versions of reality, their own sets of "facts" that will have no connection to the truth, and the fraud and slander will be rampant, and loud, and pervasive.
Look, if facts mattered, would Obama have won the nomination in 2008, much less the election? With a resume of inconceivable brevity, his only record in the Senate as being the most progressive member, his only real accomplishment in the Illinois Senate being the vetoing of a provision to provide medical care for babies whose attempted abortions failed, his connections with Reverend Wright and the terrorist Bill Ayers and Saul Alinsky. Barack Obama is a man whose only claim to fame was having "written" two memoirs before the age of 40. Facts played no role at all. Not to Democrat voters when they picked him over the actually qualified Hillary, and not when the nation's voters elected him over the actually qualified John McCain.
So facts don't matter. Not in the public's mind, and not when the media is a propaganda arm of the Democratic Party.
So all this chatter about Newt and Mitt and who is vulnerable and so on -a waste of time, a waste of breath, a waste of keystrokes. Because the Democrats will make up whatever they want, and will lie and distort and do the usual full control of the discourse so that there is not a person alive whose actual record, history, life overall can withstand the smarm from the Left.
What will make a difference? Seizing the discourse back. And this can be done two ways, and only the candidate who excels at these will kick this guy out of our White House.
First, the Republican nominee must never kowtow to the slings and arrows of the Democrats, and must instead turn the tables at every opportunity. Only the candidate who speaks the truth fearlessly and clearly about the current President and the damage he has done will be able to beat him. The lies coming out of the Press Machine are stunning in their falsity: only the nominee who relentlessly and with simplicity and passion reminds the America people of the actual damage that Barack Obama has done to each of us and the nation generally will spur the people to vote to get rid of him on November 6.
The nominee must also eloquently and passionately remind us of the greatness of this nation, and revive in us the wellspring of inspiration and excitement that had always been a part of the United States since its founding, and even before. The candidate who can make us believe in ourselves again, who can incite our imaginations and our feeling that yes, there CAN be a New Morning in America, will win the general election in November. Only the person who enables us to envision ourselves the way we want to be will unseat the whiny and destructive child acting as our President.
The real question isn't whose actual background can withstand competition with a Democrat, but who can actually stand up and seize the discourse and unite American to get us back on the track that we need to be on. Only a candidate who can clearly articulate our concerns and our hopes and dreams and visions can beat this Liar-in Chief, and ONLY a candidate who will eloquently take on the disastrous actions and policies of this POTUS will be able to beat him.
The facts won't matter. The passion for America will.
Counterpoint: Newt and the Truth Factor