BY CELESTE KATZ HIALEAH, FLORIDA -- Ran into Roger Stone at a Mitt Romney rally, which isn't THAT surprising considering that a) the man is a political junkie and b) he spends a lot of time down in the Sunshine State. Here are the ODT (Original Dirty Trickster)'s quick-hit thoughts on Tuesday's vote. CK: What's your prediction? RS: "I see it as Romney by about eight. I think he's got the momentum. I'm just here as an observer, but that's the way it feels to me." CK: So is it something Romney's doing right, or something Newt Gingrich is doing wrong? RS: "I think had it been one week between South Carolina and Florida, Newt would have won Florida. But I think this much focus on his temperament has not been good for him." CK: Anything Gingrich can do to close the spread? RS: "It's never over until it's over... but this one's almost over." Stone also said the fabled "anybody but Romney" vote continues to be fractured between Gingrich, Rick Santorum and Ron Paul... to Romney's benefit. Read on! During the rally, which took place outside the locally legendary Casa Marin restaurant, Romney saved most of his trash talk for President Obama (including ranking on the recent POTUS visit to Disney World to talk tourism: "Fantasyland, Florida; Fantasyland, Washington -- I think he was in both places") but did get off a few potshots at Gingrich, who's trailing either badly or very badly depending on which Florida poll you consult. The ex-Massachusetts gov said voters here have had a chance to see Gingrich by now (possibly in last week's two debates, or at least Romney might hope so) and have decided they want to go "in a different direction." Playing on the effect of the housing crisis on Florida, Romney also slapped at Gingrich over the former House speaker's financial ties to Freddie Mac. Romney had a number of big-name boosters here, but the pitch from Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen -- who urged listeners not to buy into anti-Romney attack ads -- came off a little... bit... squishy. "One ad that particularly irks me is attacking the strong pro-life record of Gov. Romney," she said. "Gov. Romney is a wonderful new believer -- for awhile now -- of the pro-life cause."