Finally It's Starting: Newt's In

Word is that Newt is going to announce his candidacy on Thursday.

"2010 was the appetizer, 2012 is the entree," Gingrich said recently to an enthusiastic crowd at the Conservative Political Action Conference's annual gathering in Washington.

Gingrich will be the first top-tier candidate to announce his intention to run against President Obama in 2012. Of the other contenders, only Atlanta talk show host Herman Cain has officially filed paperwork. Some potential candidates, including Senator John Thune and Representative Mike Pence, have said they are not running amid concerns that Mr. Obama could be difficult to beat.