Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich had the “Worst Week in Washington”. (AP Photo/Charlie Neibergall)

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich has stumbled mightily in his first week as an officially declared presidential candidate — getting crosswise with the Republican base over Medicare, refusing to explain a hefty debt owed to Tiffany’s and even being doused with glitter at a book signing.

Here’s a sneak peek of our write-up on Gingrich’s “Worst Week” that will run in Sunday’s print edition:

“By the end of the week, Gingrich had suffered more direct hits than most candidates take in a month — or a year. Less than one week after officially entering the 2012 race, he was forced to endure a series of stories that asked whether his presidential hopes were already dashed.”

You can check the whole piece out here.