Newt Gingrich went nuclear on the Republican Presidential field today. This is probably a pre-emptive strike to gauge the reaction. Make no mistake, Newt is going to enter this race and it is going to be great. Newt is probably the smartest most articulate conservative we have right now. He’s also got a pragmatic streak to him, this is something you don’t find often in candidates.
Bill Sammon had the story in today’s San Francisco Examiner:
Dismissing the GOP presidential field as a “pathetic” bunch of “pygmies,” Newt Gingrich hinted Monday he might step in to beat Democrats Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama.
“If, in mid-October, it’s quite clear that one or more of the current candidates is strong enough to be a serious alternative to a Clinton-Obama ticket, you don’t need me to run,” the former House Speaker said at a breakfast sponsored by the American Spectator. “If it becomes patently obvious, as the morning paper points out, that the Democrats have raised a hundred million more than the Republicans, and at some point people decide we are going to get Hillary unless there’s a radical change, then there’s space for a candidate,” he added. “So you’ll know by mid-October one of those two futures is real.”
Asked by the Examiner if he was prepared to commit to a run, Gingrich said, “I’m perfectly happy to do what I do,” he said. “Whether that leads to the presidency is the country’s problem, not mine.”
Gingrich mocked Republican presidential candidates for subjecting themselves to a May debate hosted by Chris Matthews of MSNBC’s “Hardball.”
This fall is going to be fun with a capital F, U, and N. As one of my conservative friends says, “I don’t want Newt to run for President, I just want him to BE President.”