Via AP today, Newt is coming close to admitting that he has no plans to run for president, but just likes the attention that comes with periodically saying he might do it.

The GOP will have three “formidable” choices in Mitt Romney, Rudy Giuliani and Fred Thompson, said Gingrich…

…”I think that either Mayor Giuliani or Governor Romney or Senator Thompson would be a very formidable opponent for what I expect will be a Clinton-Obama ticket…”

Like him or not, Newt is a pretty astute analyst, and he is right on when he brings up the likelihood of the Clinton-Obama ticket. The longer this Dem primary drags out, the clearer it is that the Party will probably do the same thing it usually does: nominate the best known, middle-of-the-road candidate for Prez, and back her up with the exciting yet inexperienced guy in the Veep slot.

The Clinton campaign is regaining the air of inevitability she had before Obama joined the race, but Obama has enough fervent support that once Hillary is nominated, choosing him as VP will be the only thing that makes sense.

In fact, the obviousness of this ticket is striking. It will instantly unite, and excite, the majority of Dem voters.

But first, another five or six months of pointless bickering.