Newt Gingrich has been hinting for over a year that he is thinking about running for president. Yesterday in Iowa, the former GOP House speaker indicated that he is seriously considering seeking the GOP presidential nomination in 2012. “I’ve never been this serious,” he said, adding, “It’s fair to say that by February the groundwork will have been laid to consider seriously whether or not to run.” However, last night on Fox News, Karl Rove didn’t seem too high on that possibility:
GRETA VAN SUSTEREN: His strength and his weakness going into getting the nomination?
ROVE: He has vision, and there’s a question of his discipline. When he was Speaker of the House, he had the vision to — as a Republican leader, to get us into the majority and the vision to sort of give people the big picture to go after. The question was sometimes whether — how consistent he was in keeping people focused on those — on that vision.
Back in 2007, Gingrich blamed President Bush’s lack of political capital on Rove’s “maniacally dumb” election strategy in 2004. And last year during the Senate hearings on Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court, Rove suggested that Gingrich was not engaging in the debate “respectfully.”