Newt Gingrich promised Wednesday on Florida’s space coast to create a moon colony by 2020 if elected president.
“By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon. And it will be American,” Gingrich told the crowd of roughly 700, taking them to their feet in applause.
Well, first, there won’t be any Gingrich second term because there won’t be any first term, and second, there are other ways to pander for votes in Florida than promising another space race. Like promising an extra ten percent off for early bird coupons at Golden Corral.
Don’t get me wrong; I’m all in favor of space exploration. But Mr. Gingrich sounds like he’s not exactly firing on all thrusters when he declares that he wants the moon colony to be the 51st state:
“At one point early in my career I introduced the northwest ordinance for space and I said when we got — I think the number is 13,000 — when we have 13,000 Americans living on the moon they can petition to become a state,” Gingrich said, telling the crowd this was the “weirdest” thing he has ever done. “And I will as president encourage the introduction of the northwest ordinance for space to put a marker down that we want Americans to think boldly about the future…”
I think the books are still open as to what qualifies as the “weirdest” thing Mr. Gingrich has ever done.