Fortune magazine has an article about Newt’s quasi-Presidential run. The Political Insider and Red State are talking about the Fortune article while Bill Shipp explains how Newt was a winner on November 7:
Conventional wisdom in Washington now holds the Republican nomination will be captured by one of the following: Sen. John McCain of Arizona, Gov. Mitt Romney of Massachusetts or former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani.
None of the three are especially user-friendly in the Southland. At 70, McCain is pushing the age barrier and his conservative credentials are suspect. Romney passes the conservative test OK, but he is Mormon, an affiliation that might not sit well with Southern evangelicals. Though Giuliani is popular in the South and even came to Atlanta to speak at a fundraising event for Ralph Reed, his liberal stances and marital scandals would never pass muster among the region’s GOP faithful.
Unless the South plays a role in selecting the Republican nominee, it is likely to be isolated from presidential politics altogether. Both Vice President Al Gore and Sen. John Kerry, the Democrats’ last nominees, spent little time or money in the South. The Democrats’ 2008 candidate is likely to follow the same course. By contrast, hanging onto the South could be central to the Republican strategy of retaining the White House in 2008. Gingrich, who served 16 years as a Georgia representative, has strong ties to the region.
Even if Gingrich decides against seeking the nomination, you can bet he will weigh in on the selection of the Republican candidate, whoever he or she might be.