Not that he ever really had a chance to win, but now that it's official that Newt's out I say good riddance. With his outrageous statements of late Newt and his huge ego had become a serious blight on President Bush and conservatives in general. Now that talk of his presidential bid turns out to be all about publicity, maybe people will take Gingrich less seriously so he can fade away from public consumption for good:
Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich (R-Ga.) decided Saturday morning not to run for president just as his staff was preparing to launch a website to seek $30 million in pledges, his spokesman told Politico.
Gingrich had planned to seek pledges as part of a three-week exploration without making any formal declaration of candidacy for the Republican nomination — an approach that several Republican leaders said was legally questionable.These Republicans said Gingrich has a loyal following and lots of good ideas, but contended that what one called his "on-again, off-again" approach had undermined the seriousness of a potential candidacy.
The decision will bolster the contention of several key Republicans that Gingrich's repeated flirtation with a presidential run was a publicity stunt designed to keep him in the news and sell his books.