Saturday, November 08, 2008

Beginning the 2012 Campaign

Robert Novak reports that some Republicans are taking a look at Newt Gingrich running for President in 2012. It is not surprising that Mr. Gingrich is interested in making a run. It would also be a huge mistake.

Let's be clear: the country and the Republican Party would both be better off if the intra-party battle in the 1990's pitting Mr. Gingrich against Tom Delay had resulted in a decisive defeat for the latter. Both then and now, Mr. Gingrich brought interesting ideas and creative and organizational energy to the Party and to Congress. However, he also brought an overweening ego, enormous blind spots, and resulting huge negative ratings outside his circle of supporters.

Mr. Gingrich is one of those people who simultaneously generates tremendous enthusiasm from a core group of supporters and an enormous negative reaction from the country at large. It would be a mistake for him to run.


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