Newt Gingrich, the former House Speaker, urged his followers to watch Fox News on Wednesday. After disclosing his bid to run for president on Twitter and Facebook, it is expected that Gingrich will officially announce that he’s running for president in 2012. “I will be on to talk about my run for president of the United States,” Gingrich wrote, “I have been humbled by all the encouragement you have given me to run.”
Gingrich will be entering a Republican field of hobbled, lame, and strange candidates. At least twelve Republicans are weighing bids, but only a few have taken the necessary steps toward being official candidates. Gingrich is no less bizarre than the other choices so far put forth by the GOP. Michelle Bachman, Mitt Romney, Sarah Palin, Donald Trump, and the guy who once dominated the fast food pizza world with his Godfather’s restaurants. There’s also Mike Huckabee, who’s edging toward running in 2012 (read Huckabee talks 2012 presidential run and getting chased by dogs). Gingrich, who consumes wives like Henry the VIII, brings to the GOP table a cornucopia of policy ideas and years of vast networking strength set up throughout the political machine.
As Alex Pareene writes at Salon:
Newt Gingrich is going to formally announce his candidacy for president on Wednesday via Facebook and Twitter, according to an apparently informal announcement he made today via professional journalists. (And a Facebook post announcing his future announcement.) Announcing things is so complicated, these days.
Gingrich, beside the issue of unhappy marriages, will have to face a history of political and ethical questions that have arisen during his years in Washington. Read the full story at the Huffington Post.