Saturday, June 30, 2007

Newt Gingrich: Waiting in the Tall Grass

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Although Kristen Gore -- and others -- insist that Al Gore is not running, the former Vice President has now $100 million at the ready and probably until September (Or an Obama poll-spike against Hillary)to decide whether or not to be in for a penny-in-for-a-pound.

Is Newt Gingrich taking a page from the Goreistas and waiting in the tall grass until the last possible moment, to see if one of the GOP Presidential gazelles stumbles or show signs of weakness? From our favorite Dickensian villain, Robert Novak:

"Newt Gingrich is telling Republican insiders that his decision in September whether to run for president in 2008 depends on the progress of Fred Thompson's imminent candidacy.

"If Thompson runs a vigorous and effective campaign, Gingrich says privately, he probably will not get in the race himself. If Thompson proves a dud, however, the former House speaker will seriously consider making a run. That implies that the others in the field look to Gingrich like losers in the general election."

Such a Gingrichian maneuver would split the conservative vote with Thompson, thereby all but giving the Republican nod to the oily slick Mitt Romney (Who has all but bought New Hampshire), a candidate that speaks conservative but comes off as blue-state friendly. Rudy Giuliani, as we have predicted, will implode after Southern audiences realize that the sum total of his foreign policy experience is the blinis at the Russian Tea Room.

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