I eagerly await Newt Gingrich’s announcement that he is forming an exploratory committee to run for president. His timing is perfect. As we approach a government shutdown orchestrated by uncompromising Republican radicals, the time is ripe for Newt 2.0.

And, the best part is that we can all agree that 2012 will be a WTF election year.

During the past five years, Gingrich has raised about $52 million for his tax-exempt political committee, including $28.2 million during 2009 and 2010, according to a Center for Responsive Politics analysis. During the 2008 election cycle, the group raked in $22.7 million.

Gingrich’s committee’s name is American Solutions for Winning the Future. The group’s name shares a meme with Gingrich’s 2005 book, Winning the Future: A 21st Century Contract with America. (Since the 2011 State of the Union address last month, President Barack Obama has also latched onto the slogan “win the future” as a catchphrase.)

I cannot wait.

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