Former GOP presidential nomination candidate and former House Speaker during the Clinton administration, Newt Gingrich, has said that the Republican Party does not stand a chance at the general election if Hillary Clinton runs for president in 2016.
The Huffington Post reports Gingrich told David Gregory on Sunday’s Meet The Press: "The Republican party is incapable of competing at that level. First of all, she's very formidable as a person. She's a very competent person. She's married to the most popular Democrat in the country; they both think [it] would be good for her to be president. It makes it virtually impossible to stop her for the nomination."
Gingrich added: "If the competitor in 16 is going to be Hillary Clinton, supported by Bill Clinton and presumably a still relatively popular President Barack Obama, trying to win that will be truly the Super Bowl. And the Republican party is incapable of competing at that level."
Politico comments that most analysts agree with Gingrich when he says that if Clinton decides to run for president in 2016, it would be "virtually impossible" for any Democrat to challenge her for the nomination.
According to Politico, Bloomberg News White House Correspondent Julianna Goldman, agreed. MSNBC's Lawrence O'Donnell concurred, but Gingrich finished with a caution: "I thought she was frankly going to be the nominee in '08."
Gingrich also said he expects that Florida Gov. Jeb Bush may provide opportunity for a Clinton-Bush rematch if Clinton wins the Democratic nomination.
According to Mediaite, Gingrich stressed that with the defeat suffered in 2012, Republicans should be focused on 2016. He referred to Romney's 47% comment as "an absurdity."
The Hill reports that rumors about Clinton's plans for 2016 have intensified since she announced she was stepping down as secretary of state next year. According to The New York Times, she will step down after the inauguration of Obama's second term next month.
Although, she continues to deny that she will run for president, her approval ratings remain high. The Huffington Post reports that a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll found that 57 percent of Americans say they will support Clinton as presidential candidate in 2016.
The Guardian comments that Gingrich has only voiced fears in Republican Party circles about the formidable political challenge that an alliance of the Clintons and Obama could represent in 2016.
Gingrich did not mince words, saying that the current Republican Party does not stand a chance against a Clinton-Obama alliance. He said: "We didn't blow it because of Mitt Romney. We blew it because of a party which has refused to engage the reality of American life and refused to think through what the average American needs for a better future."
What Gingrich does not say is the extent to which the view he expresses about why the GOP "blew it" applies to him as a front-runner among the crop of right-wing small-government nativists whose prominence and influence in Republican Party politics contributed to the party's failure in 2012, as most analysts believe.
When Gingrich was asked whether he would run in 2016, he said: "I doubt it," but added: "One never knows."