8. “By the end of my second term, we will have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American.”
–Fmr. House Speaker Newt Gingrich, R-Ga.
It’s hard to remember now, but there was a time when Newt Gingrich was the front-runner for the GOP nomination.
No, really, it’s true! Back in the halcyon days of January, when Newt beat Mitt in South Carolina, setting the stage for a battle royale in Florida. If Newt had won there, it’s very possible he could have ended up the GOP nominee, and lost even worse than Mitt did.
Newt responded to his front-runner status the way Newt always has when his ego is ascendant: by making ridiculously grandiose pronouncements with absolute, terrifying certainty.
So it was that Newt Gingrich proclaimed that if elected, he would build a permanent base on the Moon, because that fits in with a Republican Party that wants smaller government. Or something.
While Newt would have done no better than Mitt, he probably would have done worse, so certainly, Democrats have reasons to lament his loss; who knows what other ludicrous things Newt Gingrich might have said had he made the general election? We might have had a base on Pluto by the time it was done.
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