Report: Gingrich tells pols in Georgia that he’s running for president

posted at 7:48 pm on January 21, 2011 by Allahpundit

Not a surprise, but this is as close as he’s gotten so far to a formal announcement.

In the last 24 hours, former U.S. House speaker Newt Gingrich has touched base with several prominent Republicans in his former home state, telling them that he intends to make a run for president in 2012 using Georgia as his base – and that he already has his eye on office space in Buckhead for a campaign headquarters…

The visits and conversations – some face-to-face, others on the phone — appear to be an attempt by Gingrich to revive his old campaign network and lock down as much support as possible in a state won by Republican Mike Huckabee in the 2008 presidential primary.

A spokeswoman for Johnny Isakson said Gingrich called the U.S. senator earlier this month – adding that Gingrich was not definite about his plans in that conversation. In an interview on Friday, U.S. Sen. Saxby Chambliss said he had not talked to Gingrich yet, but that the former U.S. House speaker had asked for an appointment in the near future. “He said, ‘I need a significant amount of your time,’” Chambliss said.

Follow the link for a brutal quote from Chambliss giving Newt the treatment Palin typically gets from Beltway Republicans, i.e. love ya, love ya, love ya, but you can’t win. Back in November, PPP asked supporters of each of the big four candidates who their second choice is in case their favorite doesn’t run. Gingrich didn’t make the cut for second place among any group; his best showing was drawing 20 percent of Palin’s supporters (compared to 24 percent for Huckabee) if she skips the race. Here’s an interesting data point for Palin fans, though, about Newt’s own supporters:

If Newt Gingrich doesn’t run the biggest beneficiary would be Mike Huckabee. 31% of Gingrich supporters say Huck is their second choice, followed by 27% who say it’s Mitt Romney and 19% who say it’s Sarah Palin.

A Gingrich candidacy actually helps her slightly since he’s drawing away more of Huck’s and Mitt’s potential supporters than hers. In fact, the AJC goes on to say in the piece quoted above that one of Newt’s objectives in shoring up support in Georgia is to head off Huckabee, who won the state in 2008 and stands to do well in the south generally. It’s strange to think of a wonk like Newt having to worry most about a guy whose biggest political asset, arguably, is his faith, but such are the vagaries of regional politics, my friends.

Here’s Human Events’s Jason Mattera interviewing Gingrich about Hopenchange turning into Clinton’s third term, which … sounds ominous given BJ’s record at the polls.


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Newt had his moment in the spotlight after the 1994 elections and blew it. And besides, isn’t he a quitter?

Blargh. He ain’t getting my vote.

gryphon202 on January 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM

With that couch strapped to his back?

Gohawgs on January 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Will Wives #1 and 2 campaign for him?

Wethal on January 21, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Shouldn’t a History Prof. know his limitations?

Gohawgs on January 21, 2011 at 7:53 PM

I think I will run too. If that jackhole can…

SurferDoc on January 21, 2011 at 7:54 PM

God save me from these candidates- another target rich candidate for Obama.

jjshaka on January 21, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Go ahead. We’ll kick your ham-headed, egocentric, oleaginous RINO carcass into the last decade where you belong. Then maybe you’ll figure it out. But I doubt it.

rrpjr on January 21, 2011 at 7:54 PM

Yuck.

JannyMae on January 21, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Sean Hannity will be ecstatic.

Most people, those who want someone better in a President than a superannuated, platitude-mouthing political hack, not so much.

Say goodnight, Newt.

MrScribbler on January 21, 2011 at 7:55 PM

Newt has as much chance of winning as I have of marrying George Clooney.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Back in November, PPP asked supporters….

I got that far and stopped.
Allahpundit loves him them Kos propaganda push polls.

Dr. Carlo Lombardi on January 21, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Hey that global warming commercial with Nancy Pelosi probably won’t come back to haunt him- right?

jjshaka on January 21, 2011 at 7:57 PM

Will Wives #1 and 2 campaign for him?

Wethal on January 21, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Wife #2 has always warned very clearly she will campaign against him, should the time come. The guy has more baggage than Evita Peron (who checked into the Copacabana Palace in Rio with over 150 suitcases)

Marcus on January 21, 2011 at 7:58 PM

His Vice President, ever ready to fill his shoes, could be a pair of dice.

RBMN on January 21, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Hell,let ‘em all run. May the best woman win.

katy the mean old lady on January 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Will DeDe help your campaign, Newt?

hoosiermama on January 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM

“Newt would rather sit on a couch with Nancy Pelosi, than stand with Sarah Palin.”

-Steebo77

portlandon on January 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Great. With him bashing Palin all the time he’s sure to get a few wishy-washy votes from lib…

oh.

rihar on January 21, 2011 at 8:02 PM

No.

Dingbat63 on January 21, 2011 at 8:03 PM

Wife #2 has always warned very clearly she will campaign against him, should the time come. The guy has more baggage than Evita Peron (who checked into the Copacabana Palace in Rio with over 150 suitcases)

Marcus on January 21, 2011 at 7:58 PM

Hell hath no fury like an ex-wife served with divorce papers from her cheating husband when she’s in the hospital?

Wethal on January 21, 2011 at 8:04 PM

Go away Newt.

single stack on January 21, 2011 at 8:04 PM

New favorite cheer to share with one and all. It goes a little something like this:

Go away Gingrinch, Go Away! **clap** **clap**
Go away Gingrinch, Go Away! **clap** **clap**
Go away Gingrinch, Go Away! **clap** **clap**

Everyone join in!!! It’s fun!

Go away Gingrinch, Go Away! **clap** **clap**
Go away Gingrinch, Go Away! **clap** **clap**
Go away Gingrinch, Go Away! **clap** **clap**

SanFranNan kept the seat warm with ya Newtie!

Branch Rickey on January 21, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Knucklehead on January 21, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Clooney contracted malaria while in Sudan for the election…Meaning, he’s feverish…Now’s your chance!!!

Gohawgs on January 21, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Allahpundit has a better chance of being the GOP nominee (Paper bag and candy-ass RINOism and all!)

Newt will get slaughtered.

His ex-wife will roll out a laundry list of bad deeds.

His spooning with Pelosi while shilling for global warming and Al Gore will most certainly bite him in the butt, then there is Scozzzzzzzafavvvva!

He must be senile if he thinks he has any kind of shot at anything.

We have a party full of stupids.

gary4205 on January 21, 2011 at 8:05 PM

“Newt would rather sit on a couch with Nancy Pelosi, than stand with Sarah Palin.”

-Steebo77

portlandon on January 21, 2011 at 8:00 PM

Really says it all, doesn’t it.

gary4205 on January 21, 2011 at 8:08 PM

He’ll be on his 4th or 5th affair by then.

therightwinger on January 21, 2011 at 8:08 PM

He’ll be on his 4th or 5th affair by then.

therightwinger on January 21, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Thread winner!

gary4205 on January 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Newt has as much chance of winning as I have of marrying George Clooney.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2011 at 7:56 PM

well since Clooney has malaria…

upinak on January 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Sheesh. Rudy, now Newt. As Jimmy Durante used to say: “Everybody wants to get into the act.” Let’s find the guy/gal who isn’t running and nominate them. Oh wait. I forgot about The Herminator. Yeah I like The Herm. I sense he will literally kick some ass if people don’t do right.

JimP on January 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM

Looks like Herman Cain has made Newt a little jumpy! Did you know Newt was short for neutered?

huckleberryfriend on January 21, 2011 at 8:11 PM

He knows he hasn’t a chance. Just a marketing move to sell more stuff via Newt, Inc. and all his web sites.

TXUS on January 21, 2011 at 8:11 PM

and that he already has his eye on office space in Buckhead for a campaign headquarters…

no! no! me live here – no Newtie here! blech!

Branch Rickey on January 21, 2011 at 8:14 PM

With that couch strapped to his back?

Gohawgs on January 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Newt and Pelosi,
sitting on a couch,
talking about AGW – ouch!

Inkblots on January 21, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Clooney contracted malaria while in Sudan for the election…Meaning, he’s feverish…Now’s your chance!!!

Gohawgs on January 21, 2011 at 8:05 PM

Groovy! I’m sailing for Panama tomorrow, maybe I’ll catch it too and me and George can get feverish together.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2011 at 8:15 PM

Newt has as much chance of winning as I have of marrying George Clooney.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2011 at 7:56 PM

He ain’t good enough for ya’ Knucks.

darwin-t on January 21, 2011 at 8:16 PM

The “experts” have apparently learned NOTHING from the past election, so Newt’s decision to run (as well as Giuliani’s trial balloon) comes as no surprise.
* spit *

least1 on January 21, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Sorry Newt, there’s no market for another Chuckie movie.

Ted Torgerson on January 21, 2011 at 8:18 PM

well since Clooney has malaria…

upinak on January 21, 2011 at 8:09 PM

He should be at the UN pushing DDT.

darwin-t on January 21, 2011 at 8:18 PM

Well it’s a free country and it’s not like he’s Sarah Palin or anything.

I hope he thinks before he speaks.
/

Lily on January 21, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Newt Gingrich…
Newt Gingrich…
Newt Gingrich…

Nope, not gonna do it.

rightwingyahooo on January 21, 2011 at 8:20 PM

Sarah Palin got a D- on immigration from NumbersUSA, an anti-amnesty lobbying group…..

rightwingyahooo on January 21, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Nope, no high negatives here. Let’s do it!

/doIhafta?

CurtZHP on January 21, 2011 at 8:28 PM

With that couch strapped to his back?

Gohawgs on January 21, 2011 at 7:51 PM

Couch strapped to his back while preaching his love of open borders to illegals. You’re done Newt. You’ve been done for years now.

O/T 30th anniversary today of Reagan’s first inauguration. Misty water colored memories….of the way we were.

TxAnn56 on January 21, 2011 at 8:29 PM

If Newtie keeps this up people will wonder if he’s morphing into eternal candidate Lyndon Larouche. A long series of grinning infomercials ranting about Henry Kissinger and the transformation will be complete.

viking01 on January 21, 2011 at 8:32 PM

Ha ha ha ha ha!!!!

Grow Fins on January 21, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Good grief. Honestly, Barack Obama has screwed up in every possible way… and we’re gonna LET him walk away with another term for lack of a decent candidate. Sheesh!

Murf76 on January 21, 2011 at 8:34 PM

Newt, I have only one thing to say for any further statements from you:

TL:DR

(Too long:Didn’t read)

Go pound nails with Jimmah Cahtah.

heldmyw on January 21, 2011 at 8:45 PM

He might take the caucus in the State of Denial.

Limerick on January 21, 2011 at 8:48 PM

I’m sure Mrs. Pelosi would much prefer to sit next to President Gingrich on the ManmadeGlobalWarming™ dais rather than former congressman Newt from wayback.

IronDioPriest on January 21, 2011 at 8:48 PM

And how do we know that Pelosi is a witch, collie?

My collie says:

Er…because she turns our presidential candidates into newts?

And why did we vote all of the witch’s colleagues out of office, collie?

My collie says:

Poor messaging?…CC, this particular newt is not going get any better, is he?

‘Fraid not, collie. Maybe we should ask him what his name is, and then, ask him what his quest is.

CyberCipher on January 21, 2011 at 8:51 PM

Knucklehead on January 21, 2011 at 7:56 PM

Knucklehead, the priest in my Greek village is a dead ringer for George Clooney, and unmarried. He doesn’t speak a word of English, but that has its advantages ;p . If Clooney is crazy enough to turn you down, let me know. You might have to convert to Greek Orthodox, however….

Fortunata on January 21, 2011 at 9:00 PM

Not. Going. To. Happen. No disrespect, but you’re about as appealing as a week old bowl of leftover vegetables, Newt.

scalleywag on January 21, 2011 at 9:07 PM

I bet his campaign office has a big table. Just sayin’…*fnnerrrk*

Fortunata on January 21, 2011 at 9:09 PM

dream on cheatin fat boy…

Kaptain Amerika on January 21, 2011 at 9:11 PM

Newt getting in stops Huckleberry?
Run Newt Run, man, u da won, Run Newt Run!

<:) I'll only vote for Sarah no clueless, ball-less, eunoch Repugnantcan will do this time!

Run Newt Run!

dhunter on January 21, 2011 at 9:21 PM

Sarah Palin got a D- on immigration from NumbersUSA, an anti-amnesty lobbying group…..

rightwingyahooo on January 21, 2011 at 8:23 PM

Helpful to note that most others also got Ds, no one got a higher grade than C and Obama got an F-. Palin also tied for highest mark on “Secure the Borders.”

rrpjr on January 21, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Newt, Newt,
He’s our man.
If he enters,

I got nothing. But I don’t want him to run.

madmonkphotog on January 21, 2011 at 9:23 PM

Helpful to note that most others also got Ds, no one got a higher grade than C and Obama got an F-. Palin also tied for highest mark on “Secure the Borders.”

rrpjr on January 21, 2011 at 9:22 PM

Yes, and for the lowest mark on amnesty/legalization of illegal immigrants.

That’s the BIG ONE. If you legalize current illegals, the border doesnt really even matter.

rightwingyahooo on January 21, 2011 at 9:27 PM

Herman Cain. SP will name him King, and she will be his queen (VP). You heard it here first.

exdeadhead on January 21, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Herman Cain. SP will name him King, and she will be his queen (VP). You heard it here first.

exdeadhead on January 21, 2011 at 9:29 PM

Ain’t happenin’.

Anyway, Newt will be first in and first out.

ddrintn on January 21, 2011 at 9:33 PM

SP is all about shaking up the Republican establishment. If she throws her support Cain, they STFU or get tagged as raaacist. He’s an “outsider” and a serious candidate. This is the fastest way to yank the party away from the country clubbers. She cannot do it by herself.

Sure odds aren’t great, but it would not be so strange.

exdeadhead on January 21, 2011 at 9:38 PM

Turd BlossomII

patch on January 21, 2011 at 9:41 PM

Please, Newt. Just Say No.

n0doz on January 21, 2011 at 9:54 PM

Newt stay on the couch with Pelosi and go Scozzafava yourself.

Dandapani on January 21, 2011 at 10:01 PM

Newt…just go away, please.

Gothguy on January 21, 2011 at 10:15 PM

GAG!

mobydutch on January 21, 2011 at 10:17 PM

AGW ended his changes.

Newt-ered.

profitsbeard on January 21, 2011 at 10:20 PM

Newt has as much chance of winning as I have of marrying George Clooney.

Knucklehead on January 21, 2011 at 7:56 PM

If you have a malaria cure, there’s hope.

profitsbeard on January 21, 2011 at 10:31 PM

We best be the Knights that say NEWT

dmann on January 21, 2011 at 10:46 PM

Newt comes across as a guy who is ready to dump conservatives, and conservative principles, at the first opportunity. Although many politicans play the “where else are they going to go” card, it’s never a wise move to be too obvious about it.

Fred 2 on January 21, 2011 at 11:04 PM

Ryan ~ Pence > Daniels > Perry >>> Palin* ~ Gingrich ~ Barbour >>> a rock >>>>>>>> Romney > Huck

*I’d rank Palin much higher if not for the unfair damage done to her by the vitriolic press.

besser tot als rot on January 22, 2011 at 12:10 AM

Ryan ~ Pence > Daniels > Perry >>> Palin* ~ Gingrich ~ Barbour >>> a rock >>>>>>>> Romney > Huck

*I’d rank Palin much higher if not for the unfair damage done to her by the vitriolic press.

besser tot als rot on January 22, 2011 at 12:10 AM

You should rank him lower than Romney.

Newt has no chance. Not even McCain supporters think that he is conservative enough!

Kermit on January 22, 2011 at 12:27 AM

Yeah! An Old White Guy! That’s the ticket!

Just like in 2008!

Yeah!

Bruno Strozek on January 22, 2011 at 12:49 AM

Palomino!!!!!!!!

hillbillyjim on January 22, 2011 at 1:18 AM

Dude, you flipped. Now you’re gonna flop.

hillbillyjim on January 22, 2011 at 1:19 AM

Newt…. part of the problem not the solution

roflmao

donabernathy on January 22, 2011 at 2:24 AM

Can any of you say “GE”? Did you know GE got more TARP money than anyone? Did you know Newt sits on the Board? Yeah on the Board for their Healthymagination. Google Newt and GE and you get over 81,000 hits, Google GE and bailouts and you get over 134,000.

Why are we even still talking about this slimeball.
Here’s just one link for you.

sweet pea on January 22, 2011 at 3:00 AM

Sorry, first time I’ve ever tried to include a link!

//www.healthymagination.com/blog/newt-gingrich-on-the-healthymagination-annual-report/

sweet pea on January 22, 2011 at 3:02 AM

Mommy. Make it go away!

watson007 on January 22, 2011 at 8:17 AM

With all due respect, the Republican party needs a strong candidate running for President, one that is going to spell out the issues in terms no one is going to misunderstand, one who will stand on his own merits and principles, and one with a record of getting the job done.

Newt is not that candidate.

pilamaye on January 22, 2011 at 9:14 AM

He’ll be on his 4th or 5th affair by then.

therightwinger on January 21, 2011 at 8:08 PM

Actually, based on Bill Clinton’s success, that’s probably a plus.

fossten on January 22, 2011 at 9:24 AM

He doesn’t stand a frigging chance. But his ego will make him try it. He and Palin just need to be talking heads on the TV and public speakers.

SC.Charlie on January 22, 2011 at 11:43 AM

The only place in government where I think Gingrich would do any good would be as Secretary of Defense. Nothing . . . and I mean nothing . . . else is acceptable to me with this guy.

kens on January 22, 2011 at 1:24 PM

Whatever Newt. Quit playing games and go back to your barstool.

johnnyU on January 22, 2011 at 6:24 PM

Did he ask Palin for input?
-
Not be be disrespectful to the Grinch but… sit this one out Newt. You’ve lost your nose and have been barking up the wrong trees lately.
-

RalphyBoy on January 22, 2011 at 7:38 PM

He’ll lose. He can’t tell me the Era of Reagan is over and expect that I’ll EVER take him seriously.

Sultry Beauty on January 23, 2011 at 4:30 PM