In the annals of self-delusion: Newt for Pres?

(Washington Post) Gingrich May Run in 2008 If No Front-Runner Emerges

Former House speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) expects to run for president in 2008 if the contest for the Republican nomination still seems wide open late next year, he said yesterday.

In remarks that were critical of both parties’ recent performance, Gingrich told a luncheon group of scholars and reporters at the Brookings Institution that he will make a decision in the fall of 2007 about running.

It would make for an interesting study of the sociology of political elites to try to figure out how someone like Gingrich can come up with the idea that he’s a plausible candidate for president. 

On the other hand, looking at it from the standpoint of the Democratic Party, if we can’t get the Republicans to nominate Tom DeLay or Ann Coulter as their presidential nominee in 2008, Newt Gingrich wouldn’t be a bad consolation prize.

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