Gingrich ’12? ‘Forward Men, Forward! Victory or Death’

By Gorman Gorman

Oct 26, 2009 10:58am

ABC News’ Rick Klein reports: They may be some of the first salvos in the 2012 presidential campaign. Or maybe the former House speaker just really wants to lock down the nerd vote. Either way, Newt Gingrich's 1.1 million Twitter followers have been treated to quite the show of force over the past 24 hours. "Ordered The Crisis to be read out loud as the men get onto the boats," Gingrich Tweeted at one point yesterday."Alarm! Rebels attacking outpost north of town," came another dispatch, three hours later.
Then, from early this morning: "Damn rebel raiders! Cowards! Maybe thirty to forty. Fired some shots at outpost and ran off." And: "Forward men, forward! Victory or death. Now forward!" No, it's not a call to arms against the Democratic agenda in Washington. Gingrich was part of a "twitternactment" of the Battle of Trenton, one of General George Washington's greatest triumphs. The Dec. 26, 1776 battle is widely considered by historians to have been a turning point in the Revolutionary War.Gingrich is a military history buff, and he's co-authored a new work of historical fiction based on that battle, "To Try Men's Souls." Thus his involvement in the "twitternactment," though it should be noted that he followed and re-tweeted rather than firing any virtual muskets himself.
Were they shots across the 2012 bow? The exercise took place just hours after Gingrich appeared on C-SPAN and said he and his wife planned to mull whether he should make a presidential run. "Callista and I are going to think about this in February 2011. And we are going to reach out to all of our friends around the country. And we'll decide, if there's a requirement as citizens that we run, I suspect we probably will. And if there's not a requirement, if other people have filled the vacuum, I suspect we won't," Gingrich said.What would George Washington do?

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