Friday, March 4, 2011

Newt Might Do Something

Newt Gingrich is poking his toe in the presidential race … by dramatically launching a website.

In an afternoon visit to the State Capitol here [in Atlanta], Mr. Gingrich smiled broadly as he entered the governor’s formal briefing room, with his wife, Callista, at his side. He said they had decided, after months of deliberation, to move forward and see if he could find enough support among Republican primary voters to compete seriously for the party’s nomination.

“We believe that America’s best years are actually ahead of us,” said Mr. Gingrich, 67, who won his first bid for elective office 33 years ago as a Georgia congressman. “We believe that it is possible through the right policies, with the right values, to create dramatically more jobs with dramatically higher incomes.”

And we believe that that only people who should use “we” like that are editors, royalty, and people with tapeworm.

There are probably a slew of financial reasons that Mr. Gingrich isn’t formally announcing his run — he’s tied up with a bunch of non-profits and PAC’s that make it tough for him to just do it — but it just makes him look like the egomaniac that he is, basically saying, “Oh, I’ll run for president if I think you people are worth it.”

I give him until June before he vanishes from the scene; his fifteen minutes were up fifteen years ago.