The Saga of Newt “Skywalker” Gingrich

Gingrich ChokedI’m still waiting for Republican primary voters to get wind of all of Newt’s “big government” sci-fi ideas. Here’s a good history of them from Sharon Weinberger in Foreign Policy:

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich, the surging candidate for the Republican presidential nomination, has been simultaneously lauded for his devotion to technological innovation, and ridiculed for his warnings about futuristic weapons.

Gingrich, who has dabbled in science fiction and cited both futurist Alvin Toffler and the concept of “psychohistory” in Isaac Asimov’s Foundation novels as intellectual inspirations, has long been dubbed “Newt Skywalker” thanks to his vision of future warfare that blends fact and fantasy. This streak of futurism is, by his own admission, rooted in a political and philosophical belief about technology and power. ”I would rather rely on engineers than diplomats for security,” Gingrich told Aviation Week & Space Technology magazine in 1994, in reference to his support for missile defense.

Not all his futurism is a bad thing. Many of Gingrich’s early ideas, such as encouraging the Pentagon to fund bureaucratically stripped-down “Skunk Works“–type innovation are laudable.

Read More: Sharon Weinberger in Foreign Policy

8 Comments on "The Saga of Newt “Skywalker” Gingrich"

  1. Hadrian999 | Dec 16, 2011 at 1:46 am |

    if he could work “I find your lack of faith disturbing” into a debate answer it would probably be the biggest video clip on the internet

  2. Hadrian999 | Dec 15, 2011 at 9:46 pm |

    if he could work “I find your lack of faith disturbing” into a debate answer it would probably be the biggest video clip on the internet

  3. Double, double, toil and trouble;
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

    Eye of Newt and toe of frog,
    Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
    Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
    Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
    For a charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

    Double, double, toil and trouble;
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

  4. BuzzCoastin | Dec 16, 2011 at 12:13 am |

    Double, double, toil and trouble;
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

    Eye of Newt and toe of frog,
    Wool of bat and tongue of dog,
    Adder’s fork and blind-worm’s sting,
    Lizard’s leg and howlet’s wing,
    For a charm of powerful trouble,
    Like a hell-broth boil and bubble.

    Double, double, toil and trouble;
    Fire burn and cauldron bubble.

  5. Simiantongue | Dec 17, 2011 at 5:59 am |

    Ok what if, just go with me on this, what if Newt, being the “insider” that he is, has seen some of the holy shit stuff that our military industrial complex has been cooking up? And being the dullard that he is, he’s not smart enough to keep it all to himself. So he lets loose with all this weird sounding stuff which is his idiotic interpretation of what he’s seen. But guess what, there is a kernal of truth to it all.

    Might make a good premise for a show on the Sci-Fi channel anyway.

  6. Simiantongue | Dec 17, 2011 at 5:59 am |

    Ok what if, just go with me on this, what if Newt, being the “insider” that he is, has seen some of the holy shit stuff that our military industrial complex has been cooking up? And being the dullard that he is, he’s not smart enough to keep it all to himself. So he lets loose with all this weird sounding stuff which is his idiotic interpretation of what he’s seen. But guess what, there is a kernal of truth to it all.

    Might make a good premise for a show on the Sci-Fi channel anyway.

  7. Simiantongue | Dec 17, 2011 at 1:59 am |

    Ok what if, just go with me on this, what if Newt, being the “insider” that he is, has seen some of the holy shit stuff that our military industrial complex has been cooking up? And being the dullard that he is, he’s not smart enough to keep it all to himself. So he lets loose with all this weird sounding stuff which is his idiotic interpretation of what he’s seen. But guess what, there is a kernal of truth to it all.

    Might make a good premise for a show on the Sci-Fi channel anyway.

  8. jedijones77 | Jan 18, 2012 at 10:27 pm |

    That’d be bigger than the microchip!

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