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A reel of the most memorable moments from the former Speaker's now defunct presidential campaign

It's official: Newt Gingrich will not be the Republican nominee (pronounced Gingrich-style with the accent on the first syllable, like hominy). In Arlington, Virginia, this afternoon, he made the long-awaited announcement that he is leaving the race. Although he has pledged to support Mitt Romney, the faintness of the praise with which he damned the presumptive GOP nominee exceeded even that of many fellow unenthusiastic Republicans: "I'm asked sometimes, 'Is Mitt Romney conservative?' And my answer is simple: Compared to Barack Obama?" Still, he's come a long way from earlier statements, which were so strident that the Obama campaign released a highlight reel of Gingrich's slams on Romney (including that time he plainly called him a liar).

That clip is entertaining, but it doesn't really do justice to the full range of Gingrich's statements throughout the campaign, from self-righteous indignation to plainspoken populism to unmitigated grandiosity. In that spirit, here's a selection of his greatest moments on the trail. Think of it as payback for the similar blooper reel his campaign put together of Romney's biggest gaffes. And know that while the former Speaker may not be out barnstorming the country and its zoos anymore, Newt is still judging you.

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David A. Graham

David Graham is a senior associate editor at The Atlantic, where he oversees the Politics Channel. He previously reported for Newsweek, The Wall Street Journal, and The National.

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