From the Blog: Words about Newt

by Olivia Conetta

Though he’s no longer in the presidential race, we haven’t seen the last of New Gingrich.

And sorry, Democrats — he won’t relocate to the Moon.

In a speech yesterday, the only presidential candidate this season with the name of an amphibian suspended his campaign and talked about his plans for America’s future.

The 23-minute speech included just over five minutes of thank yous, in which Gingrich name-dropped all the Congresspeople he’s worked with over the years and apologized to voters in South Carolina for having “broken their tradition of always picking the [Republican] nominee,” he said.

“This will make me feel slightly guilty every time we go through South Carolina,” Gingrich quipped — to no laughter.

Gingrich vowed to remain an “active citizen” and fight for conservative causes, including reemphasizing the work ethic, making our “obsolete bureaucratic system” more modern, and fostering a “national conversation about how to make Congress effective.”

And while he didn’t outright endorse GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney, he offered conservatives a choice between Romney and President Barack Obama, “the most radical, leftist president in American history.” His description of Obama is not quite as vitriolic as Rush Limbaugh’s 2009 insults, but seems to be intended to rally the Republican base.

Gingrich mentioned that his wife gave him a lot of flak for his promise of a Moon colony by 2020, which was “probably not my most clever comment in this campaign.”

“I am not totally certain I will get to the Moon colony,” he added. Conservatives, rejoice — Newt is here to stay. Liberals, start investing in NASA and make his lunar dreams a reality.

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