Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Start Spreading the Newt

Oh, goody, here comes Newt Gingrich.

Aides to the former House Speaker said that he plans to use social media platforms to officially enter the race for the 2012 Republican presidential nomination on Wednesday. Two days later, he is scheduled to deliver a speech at the Georgia Republican Party Convention in Macon, Ga. on Friday. And on Sunday he is scheduled to appear on NBC’s Sunday news program, “Meet The Press.”

It’s all part of Gingrich’s attempt to re-insert himself into the presidential race after announcing in early March that he was beginning what his advisers called the “explore phase” of his campaign. Somewhere between testing-the-waters and a full-fledged exploratory committee, Gingrich launched a Web site, newtexplore2012.com.

“We will look at this very seriously and we will very methodically lay out the framework of what we’ll do next,” Gingrich said at a press conference in Atlanta on March 3. “And we think its key to have citizens that understand this is going to take a lot of us for a longtime working together.”

This is going to be fun, but alas, short-lived. I predict that he’ll be out of the race before the World Series this fall; if not officially, at least statistically. Right now he’s polling in fifth place against such dynamic figures as Tim Pawlenty and Teddy the Wonder Lizard, and when his fellow Republicans, let alone the Democrats, start reminding us of what fun it was to have him around the last time, in 1998, he’ll be back to hawking videos on late-night Fox News.