New Gingrich is Running for President (Plus My Reaction)

Newt Gingrich will announce his candidacy for the GOP nomination on Wednesday.

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich is announcing his candidacy for president via Facebook and Twitter on Wednesday, his spokesman, Rick Tyler, confirmed to The Daily Caller.

Sean Hannity will interview the GOP “ideas machine” Wednesday night, his first interview after announcing, and Gingrich is slated to speak about running at the Georgia GOP convention later in the week, Tyler said.

Gingrich led Republicans to control of the House for the first time in decades in 1994. Since resigning from Congress, he has assembled an empire of non-profit and for-profit groups that help promote his ideas. The infrastructure could aid Gingrich in running for the presidency.

At the same time, Gingrich has stumbled in the early exploratory phase of his candidacy, angering the conservative intelligentsia with an ostentatious defense of ethanol subsidies and bombing on explanations for his repeated adultery and three marriages.

The problem with Newt Gingrich, as I’ve stated before, is that he’s a tired old man who’s way past his prime.  Oh, and he cheated on his first and second wives (family values!).  I don’t normally quote Rolling Stone, but they have a particularly brutal take on Gingrich’s chances:

Gingrich has zero chance of winning the Republican nomination. Right? He has too much political baggage, including but not limited to: a bunch of marriages – and messy divorces (complete with gratuitous cruelty: he served divorce papers on his first wife while she lay in bed recovering from surgery for cancer); a tendency to pop off that suggests John McCain-level instability; a record of flip-flops that makes Mitt Romney look doctrinaire; the clinging stench of the Lewinsky business; ethics issues … and on, and on. Moreover, he does an even worse job than most pols of concealing the colossal egotism gets him out of bed in the morning and up in the nation’s business. But there you have it. He’s running.

Gingrich disputes that he served his ex-wife with divorce papers when she was recovering from caner surgery, but he did cheat on his second wife while going after Bill Clinton during the Monica Lewinsky B.J. debacle.

Too much baggage?  Probably.  Plus I’ve seen him debate Howard Dean in person, and he sucked compared to the blowhard Dean.

As the Presidential campaign starts to pick up, I’ll be covering all the action on the “Josh Kaib for President” blog.

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