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Gingrich Ain’t Bluffing This Time
Posted By Ryan Mauro On January 12, 2010 @ 11:46 am In NewsReal Blog,Uncategorized | No Comments
The Gingrich 2012 campaign will have to “clarify” a few things.
Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich reinforced his reputation as an attention-whore in 2008 by floating the possibility of a late entry into the presidential race. It wasn’t long after we started saying the words “President Obama” that the man Chris Farley impersonated with side-splitting effect began making noise about running in 2012. It didn’t take long for some to accuse Gingrich of simply engaging in self-promotion, aware that his baggage would make him unelectable. To this day, although his name is sometimes mentioned in the list of potential contenders, it usually isn’t with the emphasis given to Sarah Palin, Mitt Romney, Tim Pawlenty, or Mike Huckabee.
It’s kind of hard to read Gingrich’s intentions, because he does have a knack for selling himself to the media and keeping himself in the picture, but he’s making some steps to lay the groundwork for a run that shows he isn’t bluffing about thinking about running.
Gingrich just started a political action committee, called the American Solutions PAC, the not-so-subtle thing that those considering a run always do just in time for mid-term elections. It allows them to create the infrastructure for a future run, travel to battleground states while helping candidates and winning favors, and basically do everything a run entails without officially declaring yourself a candidate. The name of the PAC shows he’s thinking about a campaign theme based on offering specific policy prescriptions. Basically, he’ll be the one that thinks creatively rather than just saying “cut taxes,” “cut government,” and “strong on foreign policy” over and over.
He’s also been booked to speak at the Southern Republican Leadership Conference along with Palin and Pawlenty. For some reason, Romney has opted out but this event is widely being viewed as a campaign stop for those seriously considering a run.
Don’t count Gingrich out just because he isn’t polling as well as some of the other potential candidates. Being a frontrunner early on can be more of a blessing than a curse, as all the candidates and all of the media focus on you, illuminating every mistake and flaw. At the very least, Gingrich will bring ideas and intellectual stimulation to debates that are far too often full of talking points you can hear by turning on talk radio and blather more boring than going on a sort-of double-date with a girl you nickname “Mute” afterwards. True story, and she wanted to meet again afterwards. Girls—I’ll never understand them.
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