Gingrich to announce presidential run on Wednesday

posted at 11:36 am on May 9, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

In 2007, Newt Gingrich continually flirted with a presidential run, garnering plenty of media attention, but in the end decided to pass.  This time, Gingrich will be one of the first to commit, which according to the AP will happen on Wednesday:

A spokesman for Newt Gingrich says the former House speaker will announce Wednesday he is running for president.

Rick Tyler said Gingrich will make the announcement by Facebook and Twitter. He will give an interview to Fox News later that night.

Four years ago while I was writing at Captain’s Quarters, I speculated that 2012 would work out better for Gingrich than 2008.  He would have four years to create a grassroots organization through American Solutions, which could have provided a powerful force once it matured, I thought then.  However, that hasn’t really come to pass.  The Tea Party has eclipsed American Solutions, which still does great work on energy policy with its Drill Here, Drill Now efforts.  Newt hasn’t gotten the traction from Tea Party activists that one might have thought, and that is where the action will most likely be.

In fact, the bigger news on Tea Party and Georgia fronts this month might be the official entry of another Georgia conservative into the race.  Jim Geraghty notices the same e-mail I received today:

Longtime corporate executive and conservative leader Herman Cain will announce his decision regarding a potential presidential campaign on Saturday, May 21, 2011 in his hometown of Atlanta, Georgia.

The event will be a free rally open to the public. Media must be credentialed to attend. Click here to apply for credentials.

Cain is widely believed to have been the winner of the first 2012 Republican candidate debate Thursday evening in Greenville, SC, and has steadily gained grassroots and financial support across the U.S. He is best known for his executive positions in many major American corporations, including Godfather’s Pizza, Pillsbury and Burger King. He also served as the President of the National Restaurant Association and the Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Missouri.

Like Jim, I’m pretty sure that Cain doesn’t need a free rally to announce that he’d rather rescue another corporation from failure than run for President.  Frankly, the Cain announcement sounds more intriguing than a run by Gingrich.  There is less baggage, and even though Cain lacks experience in political office (excepting his time at the quasi-governmental Fed), his excellent communication and presentation skills will at the very least challenge other GOP candidates in the race.  Gingrich, for all of his brilliance, represents the past in the GOP, while Cain at the very least represents the Tea Party present.


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Here’s the bumper sticker:

Newt 2012: Tell you today what he’ll tell you in 2 days.

Good Lt on May 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

The thought of Gingrich making yet another run for President does not exactly inspire me to toss the confetti.

pilamaye on May 9, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Nooooooooooo

Your 15 minutes are used up

cmsinaz on May 9, 2011 at 11:39 AM

Great/

Badger40 on May 9, 2011 at 11:40 AM

I can’t wait to see what his version of Cap & Trade is.

Badger40 on May 9, 2011 at 11:41 AM

ZZZzzzzzzz.z.z…..z…….

CapitalistPig on May 9, 2011 at 11:41 AM

“Gingrich, for all of his brilliance, represents the past in the GOP, while Cain at the very least represents the Tea Party present.”

Agreed.

Gingrich as Sect’y of State, or Sect’y of Defense, or even Cain’s Chief of Staff, but not POTUS.

Sorry, Newt. You’re ten years too late.

locomotivebreath1901 on May 9, 2011 at 11:41 AM

Gingrich: “I promise to work with the Democrats and with Obama”

jake-the-goose on May 9, 2011 at 11:41 AM

How’s that ‘Sitting on the couch with Nancy’ thingy going Newt…

… still working for ‘ya?

Seven Percent Solution on May 9, 2011 at 11:43 AM

If he’s ready to officially announce as soon as Wednesday, why didn’t he choose to participate in the debate this past Thursday? It’s not like he just made up his mind this weekend.

Hollowpoint on May 9, 2011 at 11:43 AM

OH thank God.

rollthedice on May 9, 2011 at 11:44 AM

The country right now is like one his ex-wives, a dying cancer patient. However, we need someone to stay and take care of the country and not run off to Sweden.

Apologetic California on May 9, 2011 at 11:46 AM

Here’s our bold new leader in action, leading boldly on the most pressing issue of the day.

Hey, look at that! He can work with the other side, too!

Kensington on May 9, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Gingrich will make the announcement by Facebook and Twitter.

What, there were no cancer wards available for his announcement?

Kensington on May 9, 2011 at 11:49 AM

Quick! Hide your wives and daughters.

a capella on May 9, 2011 at 11:51 AM

Is dear Calista the actual first mistress/adulteress First Lady candidate? Oh how exciting when paired up against first wife Michelle and her adorable grade school age daughters. Well I guess Newtie has written offf every (and I mean every) female voter.

Marcus on May 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Frankly, the Cain announcement sounds more intriguing than a run by Gingrich.

That’s because Cain is a better candidate. Newt has negative personal ratings that would make Palin and Trump blush. Not to mention a Mitch Daniels-esque string of unforced errors like the couch ad with Pelosi and the Scuzzy-flavor endorsement. His political resume is strong, but that’s not necessarily a virtue heading in 2012. Someone who falls between Cain and Newt in terms of having equal amounts of experience in both the private and public sector would be ideal, but who fits that bill? Gary Johnson I suppose, but he revealed himself to be an effeminate nutjob the other night.

Doughboy on May 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Wives #1 and #2 reached for comment yet?

Wethal on May 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Oh good, I was seriously worried that the GOP elite wouldnt field another good ole, white, male relic from a bygone political era after McCain’s crushing defeat.

Jeddite on May 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

I ended up on his mailing list because of the American Solutions, Drill Here, Drill Now campaign back in 08′. Every time I get something from him its “Callista and I”. Will Callista be standing at his side during the debates?

CTSherman on May 9, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Here’s the bumper sticker:

Newt 2012: Tell you today what he’ll tell you in 2 days.

Good Lt on May 9, 2011 at 11:37 AM

Here’s mine:

Newt?
Poot!

davidk on May 9, 2011 at 11:54 AM

I ended up on his mailing list because of the American Solutions, Drill Here, Drill Now campaign back in 08′. Every time I get something from him its “Callista and I”. Will Callista be standing at his side during the debates?

CTSherman on May 9, 2011 at 11:53 AM

Actually she might. She could be afraid that Newt will get bored with her and dump her for one of the female moderators halfway through the debate.

Doughboy on May 9, 2011 at 11:56 AM

Room on the couch for everyone!

Fallon on May 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM

Like we don’t have enough self important bores in Washington already.

RadClown on May 9, 2011 at 11:58 AM

Like a fat, white Southern guy could run against Obama, and not have the Dems and MSM playing the race card.

Wethal on May 9, 2011 at 12:00 PM

Why is he bothering to run?

ORconservative on May 9, 2011 at 12:01 PM

How’s that ‘Sitting on the couch with Nancy’ thingy going Newt…

… still working for ‘ya?

Seven Percent Solution on May 9, 2011 at 11:43 AM
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Yes,and how ’bout the buddy-tour with,who was it, Sharpton???

ohiobabe on May 9, 2011 at 12:01 PM

The thought of Gingrich making yet another run for President does not exactly inspire me to toss the confetti.

pilamaye on May 9, 2011 at 11:39 AM

um, he’s never ran for POTUS before

jp on May 9, 2011 at 12:02 PM

Why is he bothering to run?

ORconservative on May 9, 2011 at 12:01 PM

Ego and the impression that the 2012 GOP field thus far is weak.

Doughboy on May 9, 2011 at 12:02 PM

um, he’s never ran for POTUS before

jp on May 9, 2011 at 12:02 PM

He’s threatened to do so many times before.

Kensington on May 9, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Of course this is the same Newt who is still doing his job as a paid shill for ethanol producers promoting government subsidies while lying about it.

Clark1 on May 9, 2011 at 12:03 PM

Newt writes excellent book reviews on Amazon …… that is all.

Jerome Horwitz on May 9, 2011 at 12:04 PM

Gingrich to announce presidential run on Wednesday

Welcome, Newt. The exit door is that way ———>.

rukiddingme on May 9, 2011 at 12:05 PM

I thought Cain had already officially announced.

JohnGalt23 on May 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

I wonder if he will make his announcement sitting on the couch with Nancy.

brtex on May 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

The GOP so far is weak… When he joins it it will be weaker….

sandee on May 9, 2011 at 12:06 PM

Gingrich/Pawlenty 2012: Catch the Excitement!

The Mega Independent on May 9, 2011 at 12:07 PM

DOA

SurferDoc on May 9, 2011 at 12:08 PM

I had once concluded that Newt had “jumped the shark” when he had adamantly supported the Skozofavabean(sic) woman in NYC, because she, like the GOP elite’s support of Mike Castle based on his “electability”, was the “better” choice. Now I am willing to wait and see what Newt will say on his announcement speech before deciding whether he is potentially presidential material. Since we are talking about the good of the country, I am willing to forgive minor transgressions in the past if it means providing a good candidate.

Weebork on May 9, 2011 at 12:08 PM

I just watched a video of Herman Cain at a small assembly. How can the GOP field seem weak?
Well, hey, with Newt in it, it does look weaker.

ORconservative on May 9, 2011 at 12:08 PM

No you can’t.

j_galt on May 9, 2011 at 12:08 PM

Come on! Who wouldn’t want a President Newt?

Rocks on May 9, 2011 at 12:09 PM

American Solutions, which still does great work on energy policy with its Drill Here, Drill Now efforts.

REALLY? What new drilling legislation has passed allowing drilling, due to its efforts?

fossten on May 9, 2011 at 12:13 PM

I don’t think it’s possible for me to care less. Newt, go away.

Zardoz on May 9, 2011 at 12:14 PM

Huckabee/Newt in 2012. Let’s go for the record of most ridiculously named slate in history!

Rocks on May 9, 2011 at 12:27 PM

Huckabee/Newt2012 could probably get a huge campaign donation from Obama.
I thought I would vote for anyone who runs against Obama. I’m now rethinking that/

ORconservative on May 9, 2011 at 12:30 PM

First one in…..FIRST ONE OUT! Newt, go away.

search4truth on May 9, 2011 at 12:42 PM

Newt?

Bllllleeech.

Not a FEARLESS Conservative, with stones of steel. Next please.

PappyD61 on May 9, 2011 at 12:46 PM

I don’t know who yet but the Republicans better nominate a damn great candidate to get Obama out of the White House next year. Not Newt.

LODGE4 on May 9, 2011 at 12:47 PM

Yawwwwwwn . . . who’s next, McCain, or maybe Perot?

rplat on May 9, 2011 at 12:49 PM

Why wait till Wednesday. I’ll announce I’m not voting for him today.

SKYFOX on May 9, 2011 at 12:56 PM

NO NEWT NO WAY – GO AWAY NEWT. You are the same loser you were when you were the Speaker of the House. You are a repeat adulterer.

You not only are a gas bag – you look like one too.

NO NEWT

IlonaE on May 9, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Newt must be getting ready to peddle another book.

southsideironworks on May 9, 2011 at 1:03 PM

Ed, I’m still waiting for an answer to my question. You appear to be propagandizing for Newt without backing up assertions with fact.

fossten on May 9, 2011 at 1:07 PM

How can Newt even think he has a chance? If this is about ego, his is about to get schooled.

CantCureStupid on May 9, 2011 at 1:10 PM

Will his pal Hillary be there to endorse him?

fogw on May 9, 2011 at 1:12 PM

pffft

james23 on May 9, 2011 at 1:14 PM

Gingrich, for all of his brilliance, represents the past in the GOP, while Cain at the very least represents the Tea Party present.

My thoughts exactly.

Newt’s heavy baggage includes his recent major flip-flop on Libya. Debate moderators will surely target that in a question to him, and he will look like a fool if he tries to reconcile his conflicting positions in the same manner as his attempt to do when appearing on Greta Van Susteren’s show not too long ago.

That baggage also includes an early 2008 ad teaming up with Nancy Pelosi, a video clip of which has been provided in prior HA posts by others. That will hang like an albatross about his neck.

Newt should be a behind-the-scenes strategist, not a GOP candidate.

OneVision on May 9, 2011 at 1:17 PM

Go away, couch sitting traitor.

RedNewEnglander on May 9, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Is it wrong to pray he gets struck by lightning?

Cheesestick on May 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Why?

Jaibones on May 9, 2011 at 1:56 PM

Wives #1 and #2 reached for comment yet?

Wethal on May 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

Both of them will campaign for him, seriously.

Schadenfreude on May 9, 2011 at 1:58 PM

He’s not really running – it’s a pick-up line.

Wander on May 9, 2011 at 2:11 PM

NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!

manwithblackhat on May 9, 2011 at 2:13 PM

Is it wrong to pray he gets struck by lightning?

Cheesestick on May 9, 2011 at 1:49 PM

Yes, it’s wrong… and besides, ever seen a big fat moth get zapped in a bug zapper, heard the 10-second sizzle going on and on and on, and seen the plume of smoky steam? It’d be like that x 10,000.

/do I hafta? ;-)

Mary in LA on May 9, 2011 at 2:23 PM

Well I guess Newtie has written offf every (and I mean every) female voter.

Marcus on May 9, 2011 at 11:52 AM

The only way I’d ever vote for him is to get rid of Obama.
But if I have a viable choice, there’s no way in he!! I’d vote for him.
He disgusts me.
Not just bcs of his philandering.
By giving AGW any credence, he has lost my former respect as a politician.
Now I view him as political scum.
NEXT.

Badger40 on May 9, 2011 at 2:28 PM

What poll would he be considering to tell him there is one person on the face of the earth that would vote for him?

volsense on May 9, 2011 at 2:42 PM

UGH!

Cpoy2 on May 9, 2011 at 3:03 PM

Nnnoooooooo!!!!!!

Browncoatone on May 9, 2011 at 3:08 PM

To summarize: a couple of weeks ago was Newt’s announcement of his coming pre-announcement, sooo-I guess that means today is his pre-announcement of his announcement this Wednesday. Just to make sure nobody misses it.
Then on Friday he will remind us…

3dpuzzman on May 9, 2011 at 3:43 PM

You’ll excuse me if I’m not rejoicing.

Gingrich’s moment never quite got here and will never come now.

flataffect on May 9, 2011 at 4:28 PM

Forget about Georgia, I’m waiting for the candidate from the Texas Coast to announce.

Nelsen on May 9, 2011 at 5:25 PM

Deede Scozzafava heard laughing in the background.

Hilts on May 9, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Where is that commercial with Newtie and Nancy Pelosi sitting on the couch talking abut Global warming?

Hilts on May 9, 2011 at 7:30 PM

Couch, Dede, ethanol…

Gohawgs on May 9, 2011 at 10:18 PM