On his last day as a presidential candidate, Newt Gingrich is clutching his torn Achilles and grumbling that you people were such jerks about space.
Gingrich has been competing with a torn Achilles tendon since August, The National Review's Robert Costa reports, but he didn't get surgery because he didn't want to take time off from campaigning. Gingrich's senior adviser, Joe DeSantis, told Costa, "He’ll walk miles. He’s been walking around with this torn tendon. It probably needs surgery, and he’s just walking around with it. Why? Because he won’t take time off. And he still carries his own bags. He won’t let other people help him." But Newt's surprising physical toughness does not appear to be matched by a mental toughness. The soon-to-be-ex-candidate told USA Today he's still mad that people made fun of him when he proposed a moon colony.
Gingrich will officially drop out of the Republican presidential primary with a speech in Virginia Wednesday. In his exit interview with USA Today's Susan Page, Gingrich said he was was surprised by the "irresponsible and cynical reaction to my proposals for space" from "elites." He pointed to Americans' excitement when the space shuttle was retired and took a goodbye lap over Washington, D.C. and New York in April. Reporters tweeted tons of photos of the shuttled going by, and Gingrich's spokesman R.C. Hammond responded, "Thousands in DC flee offices to spot shuttle overflight, yet a moon colony is a silly idea. #justsayin." We thought it was mostly a joke, but it turns out it was mostly serious. At least, it was for Gingrich.