"Hell, look at me: I’m a public relations nightmare," said Gingrich, adding that, for many years in the late ’90s and early 2000s, his name was basically a punch line. "Remember that whole thing with me divorcing my wife while she was still in the hospital recovering from cancer? For my campaign’s sake, I hope people have forgotten about that. But c’mon, it’s a pretty bleak political landscape when the presidential campaign of a known philanderer is actually getting off the ground."
Mark Kebler, campaign strategist and loyal aide to Gingrich for the past 20 years, strongly agreed that a Newt Gingrich presidential run “would be some really depressing shit, for sure.”
"Interestingly enough, it’s not just about Newt’s slim chances, polarizing character, irritating voice, or lack of charisma," Kebler said. "When you get right down to it, Newt Gingrich just kind of sucks. When I tell people I work for him, they give me this look, and I’m just like, ‘Yeah, yeah, believe me, I know.’"
Even winning the Republican nomination would be “a downer,” Gingrich said, since he would then have to select a running mate every bit as lame as he is, such as Tim Pawlenty or Michele Bachmann.