The February Lull

There's only one GOP debate planned for February. Joel Gehrke thinks the schedule benefits Romney: 

The debates provide Gingrich with something he can't buy: television time to air his views and the face-to-face encounters with his opponents that give him a chance to drive the news cycle, generate momentum, and give potential donors a reason to think they should contribute to his campaign. If Romney manages to win Florida … Gingrich might lose all of those advantages. Romney has the money to buy television ads, and he would have the front-runner status that relieves him of the need to attack any other candidates. Gingrich, by contrast, might lose fundraising momentum. Romney still has an uphill fight in Florida, but Gingrich needs the win there even more than Romney does.

Noah Millman also looks past Florida. So does Weigel.