Which One of These Is a Real Newt Gingrich Idea?

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A. Submit ten hilarious moon mining image macros to Buzzfeed.

B. Class action lawsuit against Science for failure to invent jet packs.

C. Hack my own Twitter account and tweet about giant space mirrors.

D. Have the first permanent base on the moon and it will be American.

E. Make Rick Perry sheriff of the moon.

Answer: D, which Gingrich said today, in Cocoa Beach, Florida. The rest of the ideas were from the parody Twitter account @GingrichIdeas, which is starting to look less parodic.

In case you read that (which, by the way, Newt says will happen by the end of his second term) and thought, I mean, dude, we just shut down our shuttle program. Do you know how much money that will cost? Aren't you supposed to be the tea party's guy? And don't we have some problems with the way things are going these days on Earth? .... well, Newt has an answer for you, ye of little faith. " I accept the charge that I am an American, and Americans instinctively are grandiose." Who's on his speech-writing team, Saul Bellow and Buzz Lightyear?