Gingrich Not Ruling Out A 2016 Run

Being embarrassed once apparently isn’t enough for Newt Gingrich:

NORTH NAPLES — Newt and Callista Gingrich’s book-signing tour swung through Naples on Sunday and might one day again morph into another turn down the campaign trail.

The former Republican presidential candidate and House Speaker said he has not ruled out running for president in 2016 — but first the GOP must take on a “very serious analysis” of what went wrong in 2012, Gingrich said.

“I have no idea at this stage,” Gingrich said, referring to another run for the White House.

Could it be? Might it be possible that we’ll have Newt Gingrich to kick around again?

H/T: Taegan Goddard

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  1. JoshB says:

    He’s likely to be as serious the next time as he was the last. He’s not actually interested in governing. He’s interested in keeping the money flowing to Newt, Inc.

  2. gVOR08 says:

    Thanks Doug. Always good to start the week with a little humor.

  3. grumpy realist says:

    I keep expecting that thing that lives on Callista’s head to jump off and bite someone.

  4. Phillip says:

    After the recent elections I doubt Sheldon will finance another one of Newt’s ego trips.

  5. OzarkHillbilly says:

    So we’re going to have another book from Newt in 2016?

  6. Tsar Nicholas says:

    I also heard that Dexy’s Midnight Runners are not ruling out a comeback album.

  7. Chris Berez says:

    The former Republican presidential candidate and House Speaker said he has not ruled out running for president in 2016 — but first the GOP must take on a “very serious analysis” of what went wrong in 2012, Gingrich said.

    The irony and utter lack of self-awareness in that statement is off the charts. Hilarious.

  8. john personna says:

    Maybe he has to say that, to keep Adelson’s money in his PAC or 501(c)(3)

    LOL, you don’t suppose Adelson is giving him more, do you?

    (I suspect that pundits purposefully turn a blind eye to the business model of running for President. It is inconvenient to think that millions might sit in a completed campaign fund, and how easily a guy like Gingrich can use that to pay for a “look at me” lifestyle.)

  9. Fiona says:

    Gingrich, like Palin, has been tossed into the dustbin of history. Expect a few more futile attempts to remain relevant as they both (hopefully) fade away.

  10. Let's Be Free says:

    Can’t figure out which you guys and gals hate more, real ideas for addressing the overarching problems of our time or the people who present them. The end of this fiscal insanity is Greece (80 percent stock market decline and 25 percent unemployment), Iceland (60 percent plummet in GDP) or Ireland (15 percent unemployment and 20 percent decline in GDP). Take your pick. In the meantime, pretend like you are really smart while sensible people are stupid. Party on!

  11. Rob in CT says:

    Hey, why call off a successful grift?

    Let’s Be Free: oh look! It’s the mark.

  12. legion says:

    @grumpy realist: No no, by 2016 all the “shiny” will have worn off of Callista – he’ll have the New Model Girlfriend by then. I suspect he will also have to renounce his newly-found Catholicism to divorce her, tho. Will Newt be a Mormon in ’16?

  13. Janis Gore says:

    @legion: That’s rough, legion. Likely true, though.

  14. grumpy realist says:

    @Let’s Be Free: As said, Newt is what a dumb person’s idea of an intellectual is.

    What “real idea” did Newt ever generate?

  15. gawaine says:

    Don’t you think he’d make a good VP for Bachman?

  16. sam says:

    Do not go gentle in that good night
    Rage, rage, rage against the dying of the brand.

    (With apologies to Dylan.)

  17. Being embarrassed once

    I’m pretty sure Gingrich has been embarassing more than just one time.

  18. Facebones says:

    Is it too much to hope for a Trump/Gingrich ticket? I’d love to see those two colossal egos fight over who gets the VP slot.

  19. legion says:

    @Facebones: That would be the most epic GOP Convention EVAR. I would buy tickets to watch it.

  20. Geek, Esq. says:

    Newt Gingrich is the poor man’s Herman Cain.

    Nine Nine Nine!

  21. wr says:

    @Tsar Nicholas: Dexy’s Midnight Runners gave the world one great pop single, and a bunch of other music which, if not as magical as “Come On, Eileen,” ranges from pretty good to terrific.

    Newt hasn’t done a fraction that much good for the world.

  22. Tillman says:

    I mean, for what it’s worth, I’m not ruling out a 2016 run.

  23. Tsar Nicholas says:

    @wr: Dude, I’m a heavy metal head. When DMR released that tune I was listening to Judas Priest, Iron Maiden, Scorpions, Ozzy Osbourne, Black Sabbath, Van Halen and early thrash metal to boot. Punk rock and hardcore too. I’d rather gouge out my own eyes with rusty forks than to hear fluff pop tunes. So I must disagree strenuously with your major premise. Plus Newt gave us some very good legislation, of which even Bill Clinton certainly was quite proud. So as much as Newt recently has descended into self-parody, and his current state truly is that of absurdity in motion, from my chair comparing Newt to DMR is a major insult to Newt. QED.