Newt is out

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Newt is out. Newt Gingrich has been, well, Newt Gingrich. He had a real chance of doing something several months ago, then he basically destroyed his own campaign in Florida from which he never recovered.

From TPM:

Surrounded by friends and family, Newt Gingrich ended his bid for the presidency on Wednesday at a Hilton hotel just outside Washington D.C.

“Today I am suspending the campaign,” he said. “But suspending the campaign does not mean suspending citizenship.”

Gingrich thanked his supporters, singling out billionaire Sheldon Adelson, who “single-handedly came close to matching Romney’s super PAC,” with tens of millions of dollars in independent support for the chronically cash-strapped campaign. Gingrich pledged to continue to advocate for dozens of causes, which he proceeded to list in detail, ranging from a cure for Alzheimer’s to combating Islamic terrorists in Yemen to expanding drilling to — yes — building that moon colony he promised on the campaign trail.

In truth, Gingrich’s campaign, already long dead (or undead), had confirmed it was shutting down in the aftermath of his failure to win any primaries on April 24. But he kept on going to campaign events for days, even as his public schedule openly included an impending “Press Conference To Announce Suspension Of Campaign” on his website.

Let’s just add that Republicans talk about their ability to handle money. They can balance this and and that. Well, Newt is $4 million in the hole. So much for fiscal responsibility.

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