Gingrich, Sounding Like a Candidate at ASNE, Predicts Strong Hillary Run in '08

Andrew Ackerman of Editor and Publisher writes that "Former Speaker of the House Newt Gringrich offered praise for a 2008 presidential campaign by Sen. Hillary Clinton (D-N.Y.) at a speech this afternoon to about 200 editors at the annual meeting of the American Society of Newspaper Editors. He characterized Clinton as the de facto Democratic nominee and warned that Republicans would have a difficult time beating her, citing the Clinton family's ability to win six consecutive elections between 1980 and 2000. "

"Now just as someone who tries to handicap how these things go, [Hillary's] very formidable," Gingrich said. "She has the smartest American politician as her advisor ... and we will lose unless we come up with better ideas, because they are as a couple that good tactically."