I will say this. If you presume Obama wins the election in any case, it will be better for the tea party if Romney was the nominee, than if Gingrich was the nominee.
If Gingrich wins the nomination, and loses the election, it will be a generation before we get another shot at picking a “conservative” alternative.
IF Romney loses, it probably won’t change anything, but it will be harder to blame conservatives. Not that this didn’t stop them in 1996 and 2008.
The elites will blame conservatives for any loss. If Newt loses, they will say the conservatives just can’t win a national election. Even though they know full well that mandate loving, with a morally checkered past and other concerns, Newt is a compromise for conservative voters. If Mitt loses, they will say conservatives did not come out and vote for him and cost the GOP the election.
It makes no sense to “worry” about what the GOP-elites are going use to make their anti-conservative message after the election. They already hate us. Whatever the result, they and their minions will try to do whatever they can to diminish our influence. It is our job to find conservative candidates and support them, even when the GOP-e decides to trash them with lies and half truths. We need to support conservatives and let the elites know that all their socialist candidates will be defeated. No mixed messages from us. Just say no to their socialists.