"And in bowing out, Gingrich made several joking references to his campaign-trail plan for a permanent moon colony - a proposal that has come to symbolize Gingrich's descent from one of the most powerful players on the national stage to an also-ran often ridiculed for his often-grandiose ideas."I want to just say I'm cheerfully going to take back up the issue of space," Gingrich, who spoke in front of a black velvet curtain and at a podium bearing his campaign logo, said as he came to the end of a long list of issues he said he intends to continue addressing in appearances across the country. "My wife has pointed out to me approximately 219 times, give or take three, that moon colony was probably not my most clever comment in this campaign," he continued. "I thought, frankly, in my role as providing material for 'Saturday Night Live,' it was helpful."
Keith's note: (Sigh) it would seem that talking about extending our species to other worlds is still not a topic for serious public discussion - unless you make SciFi movies or write for Saturday Night Live. Like him or not, Newt stuck his neck out on this topic - and also for the commercial space policy of the Obama Administration - even though he had to cross partisan lines to do so. I am sure we'll be hearing more from Newt about space and It will likely be interesting.