Newt promises moonbase

"By the end of my second term we will have the first permanent base on the moon." [NPR. Photo: Eric Thayers/Reuters]



  1. We should send him there to scout out a location. No spacesuit, he will have to survive off his own hot air.

    1. He has made ill defined statements about “corporate partnerships.”  So look for Pepsi Co. Tranquility Moon Base, Brought to You by Enron, (Kept Alien Safe for 100 Days by Whatever Blackwater is Calling Itself Now).

    2. For perspective: the fiscal year 2010 budget of the Department of Defense was 663 billion dollars. The TOTAL cost of the ENTIRE Apollo program (1961-1972) was between 136 and 170 billion in 2007 dollars–AND that was an investment. The return on investment of R&D alone was 33 percent as of 1987 according to the Midwest Research Institute.

  2. I’m guessing we’d probably be forced to move to the moon anyway after two terms under him.  >>;

  3. I would say this is him courting the nerds who love Ron Paul, but his fiction is ripe with this sort of stuff; I think he actually means it.  Or would mean it, if waving your hands & saying “corporate partnership!” was an actual means to funding.  Which it isn’t.  & selling The Moon to McDonalds is a bad idea, to boot. 

  4. Hey as crazy as he sounds at least he wants to get back to space.  If anything I’d like to see NASA have some type of launch vehicle that can get people up there.

    1. I doubt he cares even a little bit about getting back into space.  Newt’s kicking it old-school.  Toss out all kinds of promises believing that the general public is gullible enough to believe it.  He might be right.

        1. Ah yes, the gold buried by Lincoln.  I remember it well, it’s just past that one crater with the big rock.

          1. You’re thinking of the Confederate moon gold,buried in their space ironclad after they captured Lincoln.  Totally different.  Lincoln’s treasure has never been found.

    1. I agree, this wins my award for most-cleverly-chosen-otherwise-mundane photo to illustrate a BoingBoing story. It’s right up there with the bunny/duck and old woman/young woman illusions.

    1. SHHH!!!! He hasn’t actually told the Earth that yet. He’s waiting until it gets cancer or MS or something.

      1. If he does that, our rebound president should be an actual Muslim socialist from Kenya.  That’ll show ‘im!

  5. So a moon base approved, designed, shipped and built and ready within 8 years, huh? Maybe that could’ve happened with the spirit of the 60s and the technology of today, but in this day and age I’d be surprised if you’d even have concept designs for a moon base after 8 years.

  6. He’s still pissed about the Mooninites from Aqua Teen Hunger Force tormenting Boston with their space terrorism.  It’s time for payback.

    1. I thought it was more along the lines of someone writing “Da Moon Rulz #1″ on the side of his car…

  7. Let’s see…  Moon bases?  Open marriages?  Maybe he’s going after the Heinlein fan vote.  (Who knows, he might be.)

  8. Pfft.  Lame.   Lyndon LaRouche promises that by the end of his third eight-year term we will have a viable colony on Mars!

    Now that’s visionary, see… most people would have to mix mescal and peyote to have that kind of vision, but LaRouche can do it stone sober.

  9. “Promise them the moon, Newt.  But when you’re elected, give them indefinite detention.”
    (Dick Cheney’s advice to Newt when he was deciding whether or not to run for President.)

  10. Pretty easy to counter, politically:  I see your moonbase and I raise you a Mars landing *and* an asteroid mission. All just as likely within the timeframe mentioned, absent a Red Scare.  I give Newt points for understanding and articulating the romance part, though.  Some things we do to live, some things we live for.  (Points off for being a narcissistic shmuck and derailing two years’ worth of national dialog over a blowjob.)

  11. In Newt’s universe, it’s still 1970-something. ” We must beat the Soviets in this race to build a moonbase!”

    1. Be careful what you wish for. The Republican nominees usually look ridiculous to the Left: Nixon/Agnew, a skulking loser and a ludicrous yahoo? Ronald Regan, the actor? George W. Bush, the mouthy frat boy? It’s all fun and games until one of them gets elected.

  12. A rat done bit my sister Nell.
    (with Whitey on the moon)
    Her face and arms began to swell.
    (and Whitey’s on the moon)
    I can’t pay no doctor bill.
    (but Whitey’s on the moon)
    Ten years from now I’ll be payin’ still.
    (while Whitey’s on the moon)
    The man jus’ upped my rent las’ night.
    (’cause Whitey’s on the moon)
    No hot water, no toilets, no lights.
    (but Whitey’s on the moon)
    I wonder why he’s uppi’ me?
    (’cause Whitey’s on the moon?)
    I wuz already payin’ ‘im fifty a week.
    (with Whitey on the moon)
    Taxes takin’ my whole damn check,
    Junkies makin’ me a nervous wreck,
    The price of food is goin’ up,
    An’ as if all that shit wuzn’t enough:
    A rat done bit my sister Nell.
    (with Whitey on the moon)
    Her face an’ arm began to swell.
    (but Whitey’s on the moon)
    Was all that money I made las’ year
    (for Whitey on the moon?)
    How come there ain’t no money here?
    (Hmm! Whitey’s on the moon)
    Y’know I jus’ ’bout had my fill
    (of Whitey on the moon)
    I think I’ll sen’ these doctor bills, Airmail special
    (to Whitey on the moon)

  13. Yeah, Newt is such a brilliant futurist he is able to obfuscate the fact that he gets his ‘big ideas’ from James Bond films. Luckily, this didn’t escape Stephen Colbert.

    COLBERT REPORT: Newt Gingrich is a Bond Villain

    Stephen Colbert discovers that all of Newt Gingrich’s craziest ideas about electromagnetic pulses and moon colonies are straight out of James Bond movies.

  14. Infeasible. Unless his second term occurs in 2040.

    Oh wait, we do have a permanent base on the moon. It’s just not manned.

  15. Well – honestly – that would be bad ass. If he gets elected I hope he makes it so.

    Our space budget is paltry. Our defense budget is huge. We have the money, we just need to spend it in a different area. Maybe with the cheap drones we have, we can nix more of th F-22s and the like (even though they too are totally awesome.)

      1. New wants regime change in Iran, but he doesn’t seem to care if that’s before or after the US conquers the moon.

  16. Gingrich has long been advocating a much larger manned space program. And frankly, I’d rather have the United States be obsessed with creating a manned moon base as its national project, rather than being obsessed with security paranoia.

  17. The timing of this promise needs to be considered.  The Florida primary is coming up.  He’s pandering to voters around the Cape.  When you’re campaigning in Iowa, you praise corn; when you’re campaigning in Florida, you praise space exploration (and tourism, and curse Castro, etc.).  Once the Florida primary is over, he’ll never mention this again, even if he gets the nomination, even if he’s *shudder* elected.

  18. Perhaps with that purple-ish tinted hair in the photo he’s hoping to pick up one of these as his next wife…

  19. Am I the only terrified by this idea because I’m pretty sure it would be Moon Gitmo and I’m one of the undesirables he’d want to send there?

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