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Newt says NO

Newt Gingrich formally put an end to speculation (including his own) about a Presidential campaign after discovering he would have to step down from his foundation even to "explore" the possibility, reports Libby Quaid for the Associated Press:


Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich will not run for president in 2008 after determining he could not legally explore a bid and remain as head of his tax-exempt political organization, a spokesman said Saturday.
"Newt is not running," spokesman Rick Tyler said. "It is legally impermissible for him to continue on as chairman of American Solutions (for Winning the Future) and to explore a campaign for president."

Gingrich decided "to continue on raising the challenges America faces and finding solutions to those challenges" as the group's chairman, Tyler said, "rather than pursuing the presidency."

Over the past few months, Gingrich had stoked speculation he might enter the crowded GOP field. He noted that Republicans, especially conservatives, were unhappy with the candidates already in the race.


Read the whole story at the link above. Good for Newt - he never had a chance of winning the nomination, and less of winning a general election. The man boasts higher negative ratings than Hillary Clinton, and that isn't easy. His mere presence in the race would hurt the Republican Party with swing voters.

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Comments (7)

Good post. Obviously the me... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

Good post. Obviously the media was played (or just welcomed a soft story). Newt was never serious (the sickbed divorces, plural) and he has a profitable racket to tend to anyway.
The trial balloon that he could never have had confidence in was probably encouraged by the neocons at AEI who have found their other stalking horses in need of barnyard-strength viagra and the vet has Gone Fishing.
RW radio is now trying to push McCain(!) again, that's how noxious Rudy McRomson is perceived to be with Middle America. And rightly!
The next question is: which of the top-tier can be "persuaded" to drop-out? NH can be ornery. They don't take orders well.

My guess is Fred will amble off. AEI will offer him a fellowship and a stipend and a Sleep Number Bed.

We have better uses for New... (Below threshold)
kim:

We have better uses for Newt than as whipping boy for social zealot hypocrites of the left. Massachusetts isn't known for taking orders either, except from moonbats. What was with Mitt ordering them around?

And you haven't dealt with the fantastical consequences in real polities of the rigidity of Ron Paul's thinking.
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"We have better uses for Ne... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"We have better uses for Newt than as whipping boy for social zealot hypocrites of the left.=kim"

Read "Fall of the House of Newt", the post mortem of his "reign" and a lesson in Hubris. Newt's present rehabilitation as Master and Oracle cannot be futher misplaced. This is the guy, after all, who (aming other things) used the congressionally-induced government shut-down as a tool to destroy Clinton WITHOUT figuring Clinton might meet his gambit. This "surprise" is followed by his limping back to Lewinskiland whereupon a skeptical nation rewards the Democrats with house seat pickups in the Clinton Admin's SECOND MIDTERM election cycle. The worst opposition (Republican) party showing since 1822!
Hubris Gingrich's answer to THIS? Make Peace and kiss up to the WH (as if his friendship was a Gift) without guarding his family jewels, of which Bill (still smiling) seizes in a vice-like grip and with this handhold, flings Newt off the National Stage.
Anyway, here's the link:
http://www.time.com/time/magazine/article/0,9171,989559-1,00.html

"Massachusetts isn't known for taking orders either, except from moonbats. What was with Mitt ordering them around?=kim"

You have answered your own question!

"And you haven't dealt with the fantastical consequences in real polities of the rigidity of Ron Paul's thinking.=kim"

The constitution is "rigid" in outlining the points beyond which the State shall not interfere with the rights of the individual.
You must be a Penumbras & Emanations person.
*I hear their Bath Beads are divine*

Haha, you are so good. Tha... (Below threshold)
kim:

Haha, you are so good. That Bill is a better politician than Newt doesn't need demonstration. Neither does Newt being a better thinker.

You miss the point about Mitt. If he could get elected in Massachusetts he could get elected anywhere. I'm sort of hoping he'll end up a COO Veep on the model of Cheney, if he doesn't get the brass ring.

I do need to understand more about Ron Paul. In fact, I'm not much of a Constitutional scholar. I've noticed a distinct pall of impracticality about most of the arguments I have with Libertarians, arguments which I nearly always lose because of the clean logic of the construction, but would not lose if the proposed citizens were as human as we are.
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"Haha, you are so good.=kim... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

"Haha, you are so good.=kim"

DO go on!

"Neither does Newt being a better thinker."

Newt has been peddling Jack Kemp's "New Paradigm" claptrap for 20 years which is 13 years past the expiration date for use as vulture feed.

The "thinker" tag is his establishment-dubbed consolation for being no longer a doer but still an earner as a carny attraction.

"If he could get elected in Massachusetts he could get elected anywhere."

I think the Massachusett voodoo wore off around 1826. 1960 was stolen.

"I'm sort of hoping he'll end up a COO Veep on the model of Cheney, if he doesn't get the brass ring."

I'm all for lowering the age of consent to 16.

"I do need to understand more about Ron Paul."

Pro-life. Secure the borders. Shiv the IRS and the fiat money system.
Otherwise, live and let live.
What's not to like?

OH! And Paul making The 911... (Below threshold)
bryanD:

OH! And Paul making The 911 Ghoul's eyes bug out!

PRICELESS!

Right, live and let live. ... (Below threshold)
kim:

Right, live and let live. It was mostly joos downtown, anyway.
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