So it’s finally, officially, over: Newt Gingrich suspended his campaign today, though he denied the press what many sought in a “crowded ballroom” today, an actual endorsement of Mitt Romney. That will provide Newt still another opportunity for attention at some future date.

Instead of providing news, it appears Newt tormented the assembled media by making a long speech reciting all those “ideas” that thrilled audiences throughout the primary season. It’s not too hard to hear the exasperation in Ginger Gibson’s account:

Going forward, Gingrich said: “Callista and I are going to focus on a series of key issues … and try to educate and move policies in Washington, D.C. Probably central to this is a deep commitment to American exceptionalism.”

He provided few specific details about his plans, but during his lengthy suspension speech recapped the entirety of his policy positions and vowed to continue to work on them.

That was a promise, and a threat.

Ed Kilgore

Ed Kilgore is a political columnist for New York and managing editor at the Democratic Strategist website. He was a contributing writer at the Washington Monthly from January 2012 until November 2015, and was the principal contributor to the Political Animal blog.