Newt Gingrich's Latest Campaign Promise? To Colonize the Moon for America (You Can't Make This Stuff Up)

Sometimes a political story comes along that is so bananas that even a blogger who trades in snark is rendered speechless. To wit, I present without comment Newt Gingrich's latest campaign promise: to colonize the moon. For America.

Via the Miami Herald blog (emphasis added):

Gingrich is delivering a speech heavy on space and acknowledged at the outset to being a space geek: "I'm old enough that I used to read missiles and rockets magazine," he said. He's mentioned Romney just once, to say that Romney has poked fun at him for dreaming big about space.

He pledged to be a president who would deliver "relentless pressure to be faster... more innovative" in the space industry.

"By the end of my second term," he said to laughter and cheers. "We will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American."

"Does that mean I'm a visionary? You betcha," he said to applause.

He noted he was "attacked the other night for being grandiose," and noted that the Wright Brothers dreaming of winged flight were grandiose, as was John F. Kennedy for wanting to get a man on the moon.

"Americans are instinctively grandiose," he said to applause.

There you have it, folks. This is your GOP presidential frontrunner. 

AlterNet / By Lauren Kelley

Posted at January 26, 2012, 4:33am

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