Fox News suspends the contracts of political contributors Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum because both have demonstrated that they are seriously considering running for president. A Fox News official says the channel will take the same action against Mike Huckabee and Sarah Palin if they get closer to jumping into the race.Fox News pulls Newt Gingrich, Rick Santorum off the air because of their interest in running for president

In a scramble to look legitimate, Fox News sends a shot over Sarah Palin’s bow, hoping to land a little spray in Huckland as well, by targeting the wannabe boys.

Mr. Santorum is the dumbest Republican on the planet. He hasn’t a chance in hell at the Republican nomination, so his decision to forego financial pluses of being a Fox contributor makes no sense, though it does prove the oversize ego and delusions of grandeur of this particular right-winger.

Former Speaker Newt Gingrich doesn’t need the cash and has been gnashing at the bit to run for president for a long time. He’s the first to announce an exploratory committee that he’s exploring his wannabe-ness.

Santorum and Gingrich have until May 1st to make a definitive decision.

Sarah Palin and Mike Huckabee seem to be waiting each other out, though it just may end up that neither runs, with Huckabee clearly is testing things out with his book tour. Sarah’s trip to India is supposed to make her look smarter on foreign policy, which is impossible to do, because everything she thinks, says or reacts to on the national security scene is driven by ideology not facts or listening to experts.

More from the LA Times:

Fox News still has two other potential White House contenders on the payroll: former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee.

“As soon as each of them shows some serious intention to form an exploratory committee, we would take the same action,” Brandi said. “Huckabee is on a book tour, so I think his present intention is to sell books.”

As for Palin, “She hasn’t yet shown a serious intention to form an exploratory committee.”

As people who follow me on Twitter know, yesterday Donald Trump was on with Rush Limbaugh making his economic case. He railed against U.S. – China trade policy and said if the Chinese don’t change he’d slap a 25% tax on their imports. One thing I didn’t tweet that Trump said is that he contacted the White House, a very high up person in the Administration he says, and offered to donate $50-100 million to build a ballroom to host visiting dignitaries, including constructing the building through committee approved by the White House. Mr. Trump is incensed by the big tent events, which he believes aren’t fitting “our great country” or the visiting heads of state American presidents host. The White House listened, but never responded to him again.

Trump’s economic vision is backed by a lot more than anything Mitt Romney has, with the added benefit that Mr. Trump doesn’t have the RomneyCare albatross around his neck. How Mr. Romney is going to wiggle his ways through the primaries with his Massachusetts health care concoction not costing him will be the most fun to watch.

In another Fox News story that I cannot resist mentioning, this video went viral on Facebook and reveals Bill O’Reilly’s “The Factor” using footage outside of Wisconsin to smear protesters inside that state. Palm trees in Wisconsin?

So, as much as Fox News is attempting to look legit by suspending contributors who might be presidential candidates, showing palm trees in Wisconsin blows their propaganda cover wide open.