GOP veteran big-wig, Fred Malek , dished on the 2012 field on The Daily Rundown today.
On Newt Gingrich's spat with Paul Ryan:
"If I were advising him, I would advise him to not be on issues such as taking on the most courageous, young political leader in our party on something like that. We have got to address the deficit.
.... I would urge Newt to use his creativity in other ways, which I'm sure he will, and add to the debate."
But Malek added that Newt was still a viable contender.
On Sarah Palin, whom he forged a fairly close, professional friendship with since 2008:
"I haven't talked to her in many months.
I consider her a friend and a good person, and I think she's a very constructive force, but I don't think she's going to run.
I think she's got a wonderful life, and there's no reason for her to run."
On Mitch Daniels:
"I think Mitch Daniels has to decide by the end of this month to get in, because as you point out, he has a big fundraising challenge ahead, as do all the candidates, and also organizational challenge.
So I think he's got to the end of the month."
On Jon Huntsman:
"I think he's a terrific man. I think he's a high quality candidate, and he would be an outstanding nominee.
But I think he's going to have a real difficult time getting through the primaries, particularly, with Mitt Romney having a big head start and, I think, a big lead in New Hampshire; others including Tim Pawlenty being well-organized and well-underway in Iowa."