When you start praising your competition so earnestly, either you are an exceptionally gracious winner, or you are just a little too confident. That is a gesture reserved for the person who wins the nomination. Newt believes he has been coronated. He is speaking as if he were the front-runner and it were all over but the fireworks. In such a volatile year, that is a bit overconfident. Which is what one worries about with Newt.