The smarmy unctuousness that exemplifies Newt Gingrich is on full display in his new Newt Explore 2012 website:
America's greatness lies in 'We the People.'
We are a nation like no other. To remain so will require the dedicated participation of every citizen, of every neighborhood, of every background. This is the responsibility of a free people.
We are excited about exploring whether there is sufficient support for my potential candidacy for President of this exceptional country.
Ed Kilgore writes about Newt's liberal history:
Everything we know about the adaptable Gingrich tells us that he will bend over backwards to give Republican audiences what they want, whether or not it comports with what he was saying the day before yesterday. In this strange environment, that might be all that's necessary.
John Avlon describes Newt's descent to pandering hyper-partisan flame-thrower:
The Newt Gingrich of 2008 would be a serious presidential candidate, worthy of broad-based support.
The Newt Gingrich of 2011 doesn't deserve to get anywhere near the Oval Office.
Michael JW Stickings bemoans the continuation of Newt's "self-aggrandizing bullshit:"
Maybe he's convinced himself that it's his time and that he could actually beat Obama -- highly, highly unlikely -- but I'm not buying it. He can't even bring himself to form an actual exploratory committee, after all, just to set up a website, and thinking "seriously" about something isn't exactly the same as actually doing it. He's not serious about running, just about keeping his name in the news and remaining a key player in the Republican Party, and I suspect we'll learn soon enough that his "framework" is just as full of shit as he is.
MediaMatters rounds up Newt's greatest hits: the smears, falsehoods, and inflammatory rhetoric that have made him (in)famous, while ThinkProgress lists 10 things Newt doesn't want you to know about him (focusing on Newt's contradictions, hypocrisies, and flip-flops)