01/22/2012 08:13 pm ET Updated Jan 30, 2012

Romney's Weak Week Becomes Time Of Gingrich's Surge (VIDEO)

How sudden was the turnaround that took former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney from being a step away from clinching the GOP nomination to the candidate who's putting on a brave face and pretending to look forward to a long, drawn-out primary slog?

All you have to do is go back and follow the media narrative of the past seven days. After the New Hampshire contest, Romney was considered such a shoo-in to win in the Palmetto State that most thought that all he'd have to do to win the primary was not "fall down or throw up."

But as it happened, that "something crazy" turned out to be Romney's not anticipating that anyone would hold him responsible for releasing his income taxes. Now, because of Romney's lack of transparency and a few well-delivered anti-media rants by Newt Gingrich, it's the former House speaker who's being credited for a "historical political achievement."

And so Romney looks to Florida not as the site of a GOP coronation but as the state where he'll have to begin his comeback. HuffPost's Sam Wilkes takes us through Mitt Romney's strange, sad week on the trail.

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