Wednesday, March 09, 2011

Update: "any month now" is the new "any day now" for Newt

Griftin' the night awa-aay:

In a conference call Wednesday with former staffers and supporters former House Speaker Newt Gingrich said "we are leaning toward a yes" on a presidential run, CNN has learned.

Leaning heavily.

He revealed he hopes to announce a presidential bid in late May …

"Leaning toward." "He hopes."


But wait, it gets better:

He revealed he hopes to announce a presidential bid in late May at noon …

So, we don't know a date, but we have picked out a time!

He revealed he hopes to announce a presidential bid in late May at noon in front of Philadelphia's Independence Hall.

And a location!

But wait, there's more!

He asked the group for help building a national audience for that event on the internet and through local media.

In response to a question, Gingrich told the group "corporate PACs can give $5,000 and obviously we'd be thrilled to have as many of them sign up as early as possible."

Yes, you idiots. Keep giving him your money. Really. I mean, this is the guy who now says he had affairs because he loved America so much! What's not to trust?

(h/t: Taegan Goddard via @allisonkilkenny | x-posted)


Substance McGravitas said...

He revealed he hopes to announce a presidential bid in late May at noon in front of Philadelphia's Independence Hall.

Ooh, they LOVE him there!

J. A. Baker said...

As Charlie Sheen would say, Newt Gingrich is WINNING!

bjkeefe said...

Heh. I never thought about it that way, but if there's anyone whom Charlie Sheen will never catch, no matter how hard he tries … well, let's put it this way: have you seen the picture Tintin posted?

@Sub: LOL! Good point. I'm sure he's thinking only in terms of how it will play on teevee,* but you're right. There's a good opportunity there for a counterdemonstration. A highly civil one, of course.

* Assuming he actually ever does this, of course. I'm not betting much on that at this point. It could be that he just said that location in his conference call with his small group of fans, because, you know, Teh Founders (PBUT).

TC said...

Don't forget I don't get any credit for this. Rachel Maddow did the bust on her show. I just called your attention to her piece. Her thesis is looking better all the time.

bjkeefe said...

Oh, no. Of course you deserve credit: for being right.

Besides, it's of little significance that you didn't come up with your argument from first principles all by yourself. Anyone who is open-minded relies on -- seeks out, in fact -- externals sources to inform him- or herself.

TC said...

Well, OK. But when he does declare he's running some day, some hour in May no come back on me... LOL

bjkeefe said...

Of course not. I wouldn't hold you responsible for the choices a depraved grifter like him makes. It's easy to imagine him milking the "will he or won't he?" thing for a while, and then getting it in his head that he can officially declare, spend a few weeks pretending to be on the campaign trail, and then get a quickie book out of it. Plus, it will give him (in his own mind) an additional amount of gravitas -- no disrespect to our first commenter in this thread -- such that he will feel ever more confident sending out the next fundraising blast email for one of his "foundations." Maybe he will even believe it will give him some renegotiating leverage with FoxNews when he waddles back to that trough after Obama wins reelection.

And, like anyone in his position, he's sure to have found at least a few yes-men with which to surround himself, and so they may well kid him into thinking he actually has a shot.

But you objectively made the right call. If he was a serious candidate, he would have declared back when he first said "any day now."