BREAKING: Newt Gingrich to Kind of Do Something at Some Point

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March 3 2011 1:46 PM

BREAKING: Newt Gingrich to Kind of Do Something at Some Point

The ballyhooed Newt Gingrich news that would win Thursday afternoon turned out to be the launch of NewtExplore2012 , a quasi-exploratory committee for his presidential campaign.

Why quasi? Because he hasn't filed paperwork with the FEC and started the campaign officially. Why hasn't he? Because doing that would require him to restructure his existing empire of organizations, and his American Solutions 527. It can't be too long until some good government group -- CREW, I'm looking suspiciously your way -- complains about this. Right now Gingrich is under some restrictions but does not have to report fundraising totals.

David Weigel is a Slate political reporter.