We all know that Newt Gingrich has done well in the debates because he's smart and articulate.
But there might be another reason, too.
A Smart Politics content analysis of the last seven nationally televised debates since Rick Perry entered the race finds that Newt Gingrich is the only candidate yet to be on the receiving end of the more than 150 verbal attacks that have been levied by the Republican field.
So who absorbs the most slings and arrows?
1. Mitt Romney 37.3%
2. Rick Perry 34.8%
3. Herman Cain 13.9%
4. Ron Paul (the low hanging fruit) 6.3%
5. Jon Huntsman 3.2%
6. Rick Santorum 2.5%
7. Michele Bachmann 1.9%