Stewart: Newt Wants to Divorce Earth, Head to Moon
Gingrich's lunar base easy fodder for the 'Daily Show'
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 27, 2012 9:30 AM CST

(Newser) – Sometimes politicians make it too easy for Jon Stewart. Take Newt Gingrich. In response to accusations that he was too "grandiose" (Stewart: "Can't a guy doodle his head on Mount Rushmore without taking heat from the lamestream everyone?") Gingrich promised to ... build a moon base. "Did you start with Death Star and you got kind of reined in?" Stewart asked on last night's Daily Show.

Stewart was especially flabbergasted by Gingrich's plan to make the moon a state once it had 13,000 people on it—especially since Gingrich once called the idea of statehood for Washington, DC, (pop. 600,000) "crazy." Obviously, Stewart agreed: "No one's going to take an idea like that seriously—unless you move it to the moon." So what's Gingrich up to here? Stewart thinks he knows. "Newt Gingrich did that global warming ad with Nancy Pelosi, realized the Earth is very sick, and now he wants to leave it for a younger planet."