He wanted “a mirror system in space [that] could provide the light equivalent of many full moons so that there would be no need for night-time lighting of the highways”. Oh, and “a large array of mirrors that could affect the earth’s climate”, thereby extending the growing season for farmers. And he had Lyndon LaRouche’s signature policy of colonising the Moon and then Mars.
Gingrich’s historical theories are about as credible as LaRouche’s, making it no surprise that he was denied tenure, not in the liberal Northeast that he had fled, but in Georgia, and I mean Georgia as it was then. He is financially dependent on Sheldon Adelson, and he called Reagan “Neville Chamberlain” for daring to meet Mikhail Gorbachev.
All in all, good riddance.
But what does it say about the Republican Party these days, that he ever made any progress at all in it?