While orbiting the Florida Primary campaign former Speaker Newt Gingrich announced his plan for a moon colony by his “second term” in 2012. While Florida has significant ties to the history of the US space program, it is unclear if Newt was merely being his grandiose self, or if he was trying to capture the celestial vote. I would think he had enough press regarding his affection for heavenly bodies, but one never can fully read his mind. But he isn’t one for…ahem…small steps.
He spoke about 13,000 Americans on the proposed lunar colony who could then petition for statehood. I wish I had made that up. But Newt is his own Hal.
The Moon (and outer space) is by treaty the province of all mankind. But the Darth Vader of Republican Politics sees it as the 51st State. Imagine the primary there! Even Romney would have a hard time paying for the travel costs. I would be concerned that nasty debates and attack ads might disturb the sea of tranquility, but a Moon Primary would eclipse any other primary (although there is a greater chance of Martians in Iowa).
Could this be a real proposal, or was he joking? Is this a sign of Newt’s lift off or of Newt’s Houston we have a problem? Tired of buying rocks for his current wife at Tiffany’s is he thinking it would be less expensive to purchase moon rocks? Is he lost in space? Or has he found the secret to election? Have we gone from hope and change to infinity and beyond? I think most Republicans, even those with affection for Newt, might try to reach out to him and suggest a more Earth-centric platform in these difficult times. Newt phone home.