Gingrich's expressed sympathy for illegals just may put his presidential run on a shellacked field

Newt was once again the man warming his hands and ego in the spotlight last night in the 6,003rd of the 7,249 scheduled Republican presidential debates.

Of course, Gingrich may be one pterodactyl who has morphed into a robin.

On the other hand, he was a brave robin, tough enough to take a position as unpopular as psoriasis in a GOP primary.

Sounding shockingly like a compassionate conservative, Gingrich said that if you’re an illegal immigrant who has lived here for 25 years and obeyed the law and is part of the community, “I don’t think we’re going to separate you from your family … and kick you out.”

Gingrich had the guts to wade into the minefield of immigration. Still, it just might be a catastrophe terrible enough to make conservatives cry in Iowa and South Carolina. And then make Newt cry. A matter of stimulus and response.

Some pundits already are speculating that his remark on illegal aliens, while certainly realistic, just may be his Waterloo — trumping his adulterous history, influence peddling for Fannie May and Freddie Mac, and abandoning his cancer-stricken wife.