David Brooks dutifully attempts to put lipstick on the pig —
Of all the major Republicans, the one who comes closest to my worldview is Newt Gingrich. Despite his erratically shifting views and odd phases, he continually returns to this core political refrain: He talks about using government in energetic but limited ways to increase growth, dynamism and social mobility.
However, there are places even a professional GOP shill like Bobo won’t go.
So why am I not more excited by the Gingrich surge?
In the first place, Gingrich loves government more than I do. He has no Hayekian modesty to restrain his faith in statist endeavor. For example, he has called for â€œa massive new program to build a permanent lunar colony to exploit the Moonâ€™s resources.â€ He has suggested that â€œa mirror system in space could provide the light equivalent of many full moons so that there would be no need for nighttime lighting of the highways.â€