01/27/2012 11:01 am ET Updated Mar 28, 2012

The Pros and Cons of Newt Gingrich

Now that Newt Gingrich has shockingly won the South Carolina primary and could be headed for a win in Florida, it seems the time has come to ask: who is Newt Gingrich? And what is it about this man that GOP voters are suddenly responding to? To find out, let's take a look at the categories that usually make up a candidate and examine what Republican voters see as his strengths and weaknesses in each area.

Con: Asked his first wife for a divorce while she was in the hospital battling uterine cancer and later refused to pay her child support or alimony until she took him to court. Left his second wife around the time she was first diagnosed with MS after she (allegedly) refused consent to an open marriage. When asked if he was compassionate, he once famously replied "I'm not sure what the word means".

Pro: Is not Mitt Romney

Con: Was the first Speaker of the House in United States history to be reprimanded by the House ethics committee. Forced to resign in disgrace after paying a $300,000 fine, and facing a coup from within his own party. Has spent the past decade and a half out of government, working instead making movies, doing speaking engagements, and as a corporate lobbyist.

Pro: Is not Mitt Romney

Leadership Ability
Con: Forced two different government shutdowns partially over being made to sit in the back of Air Force One. Oversaw a loss of GOP seats in the House every election during his tenure as speaker. Inspired former colleagues of his to say things about him such as, "I am not inclined to be a supporter of Newt Gingrich, having served under him for four years and experienced personally his leadership." And that's from Tom Coburn, a member of his own party.

Pro: Is not Mitt Romney

Con: Thinks best way to deal with any foreign enemy is to "kill them". Supports doing away with bilingual education so that people won't learn "the language of living in the ghetto", and eliminating unions and child labor laws so that 9-year olds can work as janitors in their own schools. Is backed by such intellectual heavyweights as Sarah Palin, Rick Perry and Chuck Norris.

Pro: Is not endorsed by Mitt Romney

Pro: Is not Mitt Romney

Con: Is Newt Gingrich

So all in all, after reviewing the case for and against, Newt Gingrich looks like he's EXACTLY what the Republican base is looking for.

Gingrich 2012!