Oh Twelve Gets Going - Sorta For Real

Campaign 2012 is supposed to get under way in a national sense on Thursday, with Fox News scheduled to hold the first televised debate for Republicans in South Carolina.

So who’s in? Fox News expects to go with a lineup of Tim Pawlenty, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Gary Johnson and Herman Cain—although not all meet the established criteria, which includes forming a presidential exploratory committee and averaging at least 1 percent in recent national polls. Michele Bachmann could join if she forms a committee in the coming days, while Mitt Romney has not committed to the debate.

Where's Newt? Fox was working hard to get him in - and he was going to be the star attraction.

Since Gingrich has been weighing a White House run for a decade, does his all-but-certain withdrawal mean he’s leaning against running? Tyler sounded a note of caution, saying that “business entanglements” and “contractual obligations” are preventing his boss from legally forming a committee for now.