Newt Gingrich (and Wife) May Run for President

Newt Gingrich on C-Span this morning said he and his wife Callista may run for President in 2012:

C-SPAN: "If you were to run, what factors would you take into account? What would lead you to think about running?"

GINGRICH: "Callista and I are going to think about this in February 2011. And we are going to reach out to all of our friends around the country. And we'll decide, if there's a requirement as citizens that we run, I suspect we probably will. And if there's not a requirement, if other people have filled the vacuum, I suspect we won't." (my emphasis)

Blast from the past: Is Newt Gingrich About to Gamble on His History?

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    How does he know he won't be on his 4th wife by (5.00 / 0) (#3)
    by steviez314 on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 06:08:32 PM EST

    I did wonder which wife. (none / 0) (#4)
    by oculus on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 06:09:45 PM EST
    Leonard Cohen (none / 0) (#5)
    by Fabian on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 06:22:02 PM EST
    did an interview with Terry Gross.

    I don't remember the exact words, but she said he had remarked there was less grief on the romance front as he aged.  His words were (more or less) that "one is less welcome in that realm".  Something about his wry delivery just made me laugh.

    One is less welcome in that realm.  Indeed.


    Yes (none / 0) (#8)
    by Zorba on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 06:41:50 PM EST
    I wondered, too.

    by andgarden on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 06:45:24 PM EST
    OK Newt, make my day!

    Your subject line (5.00 / 1) (#18)
    by gyrfalcon on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 09:30:19 PM EST
    took the words right out of my mouth.

    Hilarious (none / 0) (#19)
    by WS on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 09:56:03 PM EST
    I mainly snickered at the news but guffaws are good too.  

    Do the decent thing? (5.00 / 1) (#16)
    by KeysDan on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 07:55:48 PM EST
    Why would he start now?  A guy who brings divorce proceedings to the bedside of his very sick wife is not likely to understand that concept.

    Nor is a guy who's (5.00 / 1) (#17)
    by gyrfalcon on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 09:29:40 PM EST
    boffing a staffer in his car in the parking lot in between fulminating about Bill Clinton's immorality during impeachment.  And then after he divorces the wife and marries the staffer, the two of them play filmmakers and make a film called, I kid you not, "Discovering God in America" and go around the country piously promoting it-- with not the slighest, faintest tinge of embarassment or shame.

    I though (none / 0) (#24)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 09:41:42 AM EST
    consensual sex with a staffer was okay.... Or is that only true for CBS employees?



    We know the Left condemns (none / 0) (#29)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 04:20:29 PM EST

    The question is, do you condemn Letterman?


    Lets us know when Letterman (5.00 / 1) (#30)
    by jondee on Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 04:37:41 PM EST
    publicly dons the family values mantle and aligns himself with those who were faux-appalled that Clinton didnt have a surgically implanted codpiece.

    He may be a slimey hypocrite, (none / 0) (#32)
    by jondee on Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 04:47:44 PM EST
    but he's OUR slimey hypocrite, that it?

    Entertainment as policy? (none / 0) (#34)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 06:49:19 PM EST
    Did you ever watch the ladies faint at an Obama rally? Rivaled anything I ever saw at an Elvis show!

    Not after he went Gollywood (none / 0) (#36)
    by jimakaPPJ on Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 10:12:13 PM EST
    on us.... But I must say that any Obama rally surpassed Elvis... mmm obama mmm obama

    This is the same as saying (5.00 / 1) (#22)
    by jbindc on Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 06:49:50 AM EST
    The phrase I really hate - "We're pregnant." Um, no, you're not.  You may both be expecting a baby, but she's the one who's preganant.

    He's just trying to get girls to trust him (5.00 / 1) (#23)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 07:03:26 AM EST
    again.  I don't know how you come back from being this done though.  My husband thrived on that whole "we are pregnant" thing.  It was an excuse to eat for two or three now.  I gained thirty pounds, and then he wore my second pair of maternity overalls to trick or treat in with the kids.  It got annoying.

    If there is a requirement as citizens (none / 0) (#1)
    by oculus on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 06:04:38 PM EST
    that they run?  Take that Arnold.

    So are they running for president (none / 0) (#2)
    by vml68 on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 06:08:03 PM EST
    as a team? Two for the price of one. Or are they going to be competing?

    Not exactly "we are the Senator" (none / 0) (#10)
    by andgarden on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 06:46:36 PM EST
    Yeah, the "family values party" main (none / 0) (#6)
    by suzieg on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 06:22:54 PM EST
    hypocrite running with his former mistress - the first debate should make for a good laugh!

    I demand equality! (5.00 / 3) (#7)
    by Fabian on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 06:26:54 PM EST
    I think Newt should run with ALL of his former mistresses!

    I want exclusive rights to the reality show "All The President's Women".


    Hmm (none / 0) (#11)
    by MO Blue on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 07:23:19 PM EST
    Does he really think he can beat President Snowe? :-)

    Yes, incumbency has (none / 0) (#14)
    by KeysDan on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 07:49:38 PM EST
    distinct advantages.

    Well, "our presidency" must not (none / 0) (#12)
    by KeysDan on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 07:35:22 PM EST
    exclude women as it apparently does for females in  military combat roles (Gingrich 1996), because "women get infections" (i.e., menstrual periods--about as good at biology as he was at getting tenured at an inferior institution of higher learning).  But then, people do change and it seems his first lady would now be as modern as Betty Draper.

    Grrrrrrr (none / 0) (#21)
    by Militarytracy on Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 06:29:48 AM EST
    What a dweeb.  Sounds like Newts women get a lot of infections......hmmmmmmmm?

    The GOP needs Newt! (none / 0) (#15)
    by Fabian on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 07:51:00 PM EST
    Who is their Elder Statesman?

    Oh, Dick Cheney, right.  The Elder Neocon Statesman.

    We laugh (none / 0) (#26)
    by sj on Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 10:26:08 AM EST
    But it should be a nervous laugh.  This could actually work for him.  He's not as visibly crazy as the current crop of Rs.

    Morally bankrupt?  Completely.  But being not-visibly-crazy could be enough to rally demoralized Republicans. And some younger and more ignorant Democrats as well.  Especially if O's shine is as tarnished as it's poised to be.


    Agreed (5.00 / 1) (#27)
    by CST on Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 10:56:24 AM EST
    This actually makes me nervous.  Especially since he's one of the few republicans that can campaign on the good times and isn't tarnished with the Bush brush.

    Newt = AntiClinton (5.00 / 1) (#28)
    by Fabian on Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 11:04:13 AM EST
    And you know how the GOP loves to whale on Bill Clinton.

    Yes, a politically fortuitous set of circumstances.


    to (none / 0) (#20)
    by cpinva on Sun Oct 25, 2009 at 11:09:51 PM EST
    Why doesn't Gingrich do the decent thing ...... and just go away?

    to another universe.

    i wish they'd decide before 2011 though. give me more time to switch occupations, from accountant to stand-up comic. talk about your wealth of material!

    It's perfect having the GOP (none / 0) (#31)
    by jondee on Mon Oct 26, 2009 at 04:40:03 PM EST
    represented by a guy with a name -- and disposition -- like a character from The Screwtape Letters.

    Too perfect.