Newt Gingrich, Mr. “I will (not) be the nominee”

I don’t know about you, but I couldn’t believe the media attention yesterday to Newt Gingrich’s announcement that he was quitting the 2012 Republican race for president.

Seriously, was he ever even in the race?

Yes, Newt won two state primaries, South Carolina and Georgia. But his campaign was a string of embarrassing missteps. Who will ever forget:

  • His $500,000 revolving account with Tiffany’s
  • His two-week Greek cruise, one week after announcing for president
  • His plan to have kids work as janitors in public schools
  • His pledge to run a positive campaign, then calling Romney a liar
  • His call for building a colony on the moon; and – the highlight of his campaign…
  • Getting bitten on the finger by a penguin

And, of course, there’s the time, three months ago, when he solemnly declared to ABC’s Jake Tapper: “You can’t read the polls any other way: I WILL be the nominee.”

From the beginning to the long-overdue end of his primary campaign, Newt was good for one thing only: entertainment.

Too bad he’s not the party’s nominee.

That’s my parting shot for today.

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