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Gingrich: Will he or won't he?

The long-running question of whether or not former Republican House Speaker Newt Gingrich is going to run for president is about to be answered. Maybe.

After a confusing couple days of news, in which the permanently potential candidate's adviser, Joe Gaylord, said Gingrich would be announcing an exploratory committee at an event on Thursday, and then was refuted by his own spokesperson, who said he would not be doing so after all, Gingrich is expected to make an announcement Thursday. While he apparently will not be setting up a committee, which would make him a legal candidate, he is expected to say Thursday at a public event in Georgia that he will be starting to raise funds to begin a "serious exploratory phase" to run for president.

Um, okay. Apparently this is not just another example of Gingrich's indecisiveness--or flirtations with the media, if you choose to look at it that way--in which he comes really, really close to running for president and then decides not to, as he's done so many times in the past. Rather, there's some legal "i"s that need to be dotted and "t"s that need to be crossed before he makes an announcement about a formal exploratory committee. Like, oh, not being a paid contributor to Fox News, which abruptly suspended Gingrich (and Rick Santorum, but not Sarah Palin or Mike Huckabee) yesterday. Or tying up any loose ends that are part of his complex financing network. Or working out the details of any fancy transportation he might have taken to the Georgia event.

If this all looks like unnecessary drama for what would seem to be a simple process and decision, especially for someone who's been mulling the opportunity to run for president for more than a decade, it is. While few voters are likely to be paying much attention yet to the 2012 election, "the messy start" to Newt's campaign, as Politico's Jeanne Cummings called it, could haunt him in the weeks to come. As one campaign finance attorney told Cummings, "If he utters a word now that smacks of being a presidential candidate, he's got a problem." (Once candidates enter the gray area of exploring their candidacy but haven't formally announced it, they're not suppose to advocate for themselves as president.)

Even more so, it could make things appear to potential donors or observant voters that Gingrich's team doesn't have their ducks in a row. While that might be understandable for someone who is thinking for the first time of running for president, it's hard to see how Gingrich, who's been here before, doesn't have such details sorted out by now.

Whether or not that says a whole lot about his potential leadership is questionable. If he does eventually--and finally--run, legal quirks like this will surely be overshadowed by other issues that dog Gingrich, such as his personal life or criticism by popular members of his own party that he is too harsh or alienating. In the meantime (ahem), Gingrich has one thing figured out. The will-he-or-won't-he, committee-or-no-committee, announcement-or-no-announcement back and forth is at the very least keeping him in the news.

By Jena McGregor

 |  March 3, 2011; 9:45 AM ET |  Category:  Government leadership , Presidential leadership Save & Share:  Send E-mail   Facebook   Twitter   Digg   Yahoo Buzz   Del.icio.us   StumbleUpon   Technorati  
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Funny how the Libretards are attacking Newt on his infidelity yet when Clinton did it (as acting president, in the oval office)--it was somehow not an issue with them....hmm...double-standard hypocrites much? I'm sure if the Liberal media dug into Obama's past as much as they do any Republican they'd find he's messed with women AND men while being married. But oh no, let's not tarnish the image of the Golden One, he is the savior to all brainwashed Libretards w/ Socialist agendas!
Posted by: modestoca25 | March 6, 2011 8:06 AM
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I think the shear fact that you say "libtard" and prefer to talk about Omaba's fictional "women and men" than policy sums up your credibility. Obama has reduced our forein war, worked on banking and credit laws for the average American, addressed social justice issues with gays, tried to close GitMo and catually charge ore release them, brought atention to EPA issues, and unemployment, while still crappy, is going down from when Bush left office. Hmm, not so bad.
Posted by: cadam72 | March 6, 2011 10:27 AM
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Couldn't agree more. What modestoca25 conveniently forgets is that Clinton isn't running; Newtie might. Irrespective of Clinton's transgressions, it doesn't make Newtie's abhorrent behavior with a dying wife any better, nor does it hide who this person really is. The fact that someone so obviously intelligent continues to insist that Obama was raised in Kenya makes it clear that facts aren't his game; he'll say anything that panders to those who want to hear it. And laugh all the way home at those who believe it.

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | March 7, 2011 1:27 PM

George Will, the conservative commentator said it best in his column in one of the NY dailies when he said that while the GOP has several serious candidates in mind, folks like Huckabee and Gingrich couldn't be trusted to run a lemonade stand, let alone control of our nuclear capability.

Posted by: sassafrasnewport | March 7, 2011 1:24 PM

gingrich has been national sleaze for a record-breaking 18 years non-stop. He is a waterboy for big oil/insurance/pharma/the worst medical system in the 1st world interests. His deplorability rating is nearly as great as bush lite's. the repubs have a slight chance using romney as he hones the rationalization for switching from enabling guaranteed medical care for all (Massachusetts citizens) to "keep government out of health care". Obama will make him look as bright as bush-lite in debates...not that intellectual prowess is a desired trait anymore. gingrich's future is history.

Posted by: red1231 | March 7, 2011 9:50 AM

Articles on Mister Gingrich should be posted under Entertainment News rather than Focus on Leadership.

Posted by: whocares666 | March 7, 2011 12:19 AM

Come on, folks ! Please, get serious ... this guy failed miserably on several occasions. How can any thinking person even briefly consider him for anything but a "driver of our garbage truck" !

He is a stone-cold-failure ! Give it up ! ! !

Posted by: loretoguy | March 6, 2011 9:11 PM

run newt run, but actually it wouldn't matter which unread, not knowing history or geography, repug you decide to prop up. americans will acknowledge these hatefilled gun enthusiasts do NOT have their best interest at heart.
let them answer every question they are asked regardless of any connection to the truth.
it's going to be so easy.

Posted by: ninnafaye | March 6, 2011 6:16 PM

I just want to see him explain the dead wife, three (+) mistresses, the girl friends all while married.
Also his tax returns for the 5 years before he left office and the last five.
Bye Newt>

Posted by: KBlit | March 6, 2011 5:36 PM

Newt Gingrich is like Karl Rove to me. They represent the worst of being a Republican. The shady, dirty tricks, corrupt politicians who play the game for money and personal power. Those are the people I'd like to see the party remove and restore to something that works for the citizens. Currently there is no one who is stupid enough to believe that our elected officials work for us. It's time to make a change and clean things up not wallow in the sewer which is what Newt would bring.

Posted by: Desertdiva1 | March 6, 2011 2:38 PM

Newt is a mean-spirited unethical annoying disruptive faux-intellectual partisan with all the answers. The answers always involve dismantling programs that wealthy right wingers find interfere with their "freedom" to rake in a mint for themselves, on an annual basis, and stick it to taxpayers, business owners (shareholders), employees, and customers. Presidential timber if there ever was someone who desires to revive slavery and to kill women's suffrage.

Posted by: BlueTwo1 | March 6, 2011 11:04 AM

And another thing, We still have privately held companies, private and public pensions, a NY Stock exchange, no "nationalizing" of industry (oil, gas, TV, power, banking, etc). Let's see, no one has stolen or frozen your assets so you can knock off the "socialist" talk. Bush AND Obama, under govt law, have basically held specific companies in recievership until solvant, big deal...
Look at American History, there Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, FDR all talked about "widows and orphans funds", pensions for military and civil workers,protecting the least among us,etc. All of which is engrained in our culture of helping others. No one is a "commie" here and Obama is a centrist democrat. Get over it.

Posted by: cadam72 | March 6, 2011 10:35 AM

Funny how the Libretards are attacking Newt on his infidelity yet when Clinton did it (as acting president, in the oval office)--it was somehow not an issue with them....hmm...double-standard hypocrites much? I'm sure if the Liberal media dug into Obama's past as much as they do any Republican they'd find he's messed with women AND men while being married. But oh no, let's not tarnish the image of the Golden One, he is the savior to all brainwashed Libretards w/ Socialist agendas!
Posted by: modestoca25 | March 6, 2011 8:06 AM
_________
I think the shear fact that you say "libtard" and prefer to talk about Omaba's fictional "women and men" than policy sums up your credibility. Obama has reduced our forein war, worked on banking and credit laws for the average American, addressed social justice issues with gays, tried to close GitMo and catually charge ore release them, brought atention to EPA issues, and unemployment, while still crappy, is going down from when Bush left office. Hmm, not so bad.

Posted by: cadam72 | March 6, 2011 10:27 AM

Too much baggage
waste of space newsprint wise

Posted by: crrobin | March 6, 2011 8:50 AM

Oh, I also saw a post by a Libtard about how Newt flies a private jet (as most politicians do).....at least he's not a faux tree hugger climatologist like Al Gore flying a private jet...that would be total hypocrisy!

Posted by: modestoca25 | March 6, 2011 8:08 AM

Funny how the Libretards are attacking Newt on his infidelity yet when Clinton did it (as acting president, in the oval office)--it was somehow not an issue with them....hmm...double-standard hypocrites much? I'm sure if the Liberal media dug into Obama's past as much as they do any Republican they'd find he's messed with women AND men while being married. But oh no, let's not tarnish the image of the Golden One, he is the savior to all brainwashed Libretards w/ Socialist agendas!

Posted by: modestoca25 | March 6, 2011 8:06 AM

God this site/paper is so Liberal biased it's palpable......let's see some negative posts on the Obama administration and how our country is being flushed down the Socialist 3rd world drain... The editor should also learn the difference between "adviser" and "advisor" or should I refer to McGregor as "editer"? (rhetorical question)

Posted by: modestoca25 | March 6, 2011 7:56 AM

The serial adulterer had better not run on a platform of bringing honor and dignity back to the White House.

Posted by: angelas1 | March 5, 2011 9:52 PM

I want to offer my same suggestion that I have made about Sarah Palin ....... let's all ignore Newt ... don't talk about him ... don't write about him ...don't think about him !
Then ... I am sure, as untalented as he is ... he will go away !

Posted by: loretoguy | March 5, 2011 9:11 PM

Newt should not run. One can only guess that this paunchy, egotistical man with all the baggage is, like Palin, Barbour and some others, seeking publicity. No doubt, he has books, speaking tours and opportunities for big consulting fees ahead in life for him. He's smart and he knows politics, and therein lies one more problem. U.S. taxpayers don't need one more insider overseeing deft political maneuvers with their DC buddies as they compare notes about lobbyists they've bedded. Newt needs to move on. He had had chances and blew them.

Posted by: mirrorgazer | March 5, 2011 10:35 AM

Wouldn't it be nice if the Post saved the money they're wasting on brain-dead topics like a Gingrich or Palin, or Ron Paul candidacy and spent it instead on some of the investigative journalism that once made the Post a great newspaper?

This stuff is a waste of bandwidth and trees.

Posted by: st50taw | March 4, 2011 11:20 PM

Republicans are not even voting for Newt so why is the Washington Post wasting space trying to kill off a possible Newt run for president? Oh I forgot myself, discrediting any Republican is the goal of the LIBERAL WASHINGTON POST. Journalism died in America!

Posted by: B6sAngel | March 3, 2011 7:06 PM

Ah yes. If Newt runs we can always speculate over who will be the next ex-Mrs. Gingrich and if he is still messing with the hired help.

PLEASE YES. Let Newt take up the Republican banner in 2012. What a guy!
No military service. 3 marriages and glaringly salacious details about those, a dramatic crash 'n burn in 1998, no elective office outside of his Georgia congressional district since the 1990's, rather embarassing basic grifter skills to make his money, and all of the panache of an eccentric old southern white man. Plus a conversion to Catholicism because his latest wife told him to.

How can anything go wrong with that candidacy??

Posted by: roboturkey | March 3, 2011 6:20 PM

Is he coming to the debates with his mistresses, and future wives?

Posted by: analyst72 | March 3, 2011 4:32 PM

'Chute the Newt.

Posted by: phvr38 | March 3, 2011 4:07 PM

Liberals and/or Conservatives may think he is irrelevant now, however if Gingrich becomes a candidate he will mop the floor with every other candidate during the debate portion of the campaign. Like him or hate him, he comes prepared.

Posted by: MyMarie | March 3, 2011 3:58 PM

Newt's just a smarter version of Sarah Palin. I would gladly have either one run against Obama...and get their butts kicked.

Posted by: maggots | March 3, 2011 3:29 PM

Newt remember 95! and warn Boehmer what a waste the both of them...

Posted by: ws50599 | March 3, 2011 3:08 PM

His only voters would be the radical right who don't care about anything except the "R", and those who are uneducated and ill-informed (FOX viewers).

Posted by: camera_eye_11 | March 3, 2011 2:29 PM

It is good news that Newt is going to begin a "serious exploratory phase". He will no doubt discover that he has as much chance of being elected POTUS as does Charlie Sheen, and we will be spared the embarassment of watching him conduct a doomed campaign.

Posted by: roboturkey | March 3, 2011 2:16 PM

Newt will loose a ton of money by running. His book deals, lectures etc make him extremely rich. But his biggest problem is three wives, more than that in terms of girls friends/mistresses and the dying wife. He is almost as tasteless as Bill Clinton.

Posted by: KBlit | March 3, 2011 1:49 PM

Of course he will. He wants to be president so badly he can taste it. The problem is tht people like me won't forget how he cheated on his ill wife while he was trying to impeach Bill Clinton for cheating.

Posted by: tinyjab40 | March 3, 2011 1:21 PM

Response to:

Posted by: estela1130
What American would want a 3 times married President of the U.S.?
_ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

estella1130,
You ought to know by now that a little fact like that only matters if he's a Democrat!

Posted by: bestowens | March 3, 2011 1:20 PM

What American would want a 3 times married President of the U.S.?

Posted by: estela1130 | March 3, 2011 12:54 PM

I am waiting for Newt's decision with baited breath! This is like B shareholders watching Warren Buffet eating steak at his favorite Omaha steak restaurant while eating a fat filled pork burrito! Who cares!

Posted by: Rlupodimare | March 3, 2011 12:18 PM

For the sake of the Republican Party, I wish Gingrich and Sarah Palin would just shut up. No sane person would listen to them.

Posted by: Georgetowner1 | March 3, 2011 12:14 PM

Mr.G's entry into the field of candidates would be a fitting and sad commentary on the state of affairs within the American political system.

Posted by: ILuvUS | March 3, 2011 12:12 PM

The greatest political fraud of his generation taking a farewell tour...one more chance to pick the pockets of the naive and ignorant before the torch is passed to an even bigger fraud, Sarah Palin.

Posted by: Bridge3263 | March 3, 2011 12:01 PM

He is irrelevant as candidate but he makes enough to fly on a private jet as a PAC provocateur spending Adelson's money.

Posted by: FoundingMother | March 3, 2011 11:53 AM

Who cares?

Posted by: sr31 | March 3, 2011 11:47 AM

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