Skip to comments.Byron York: In NASA-land, Romney, Gingrich battle over space [What is leadership?]
Posted on 01/29/2012 2:40:33 PM PST by Cincinatus' Wife
CAPE CANAVERAL, Fla. -- One of the unique things about the Florida primary is that since the state is home to Cape Canaveral and the Kennedy Space Center, presidential candidates are required to make at least one substantial statement about American space policy. Newt Gingrich made his statement in a speech in Cocoa Beach on Wednesday, and Mitt Romney answered in an appearance at Cape Canaveral Friday evening. Together, the two speeches present perhaps the most striking contrast of the entire campaign between two strikingly different men.
It would be hard to find a more stark contrast between Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney than each man's speech on space. In Gingrich, the Florida space community saw a man who has read extensively about space with a romantic's enthusiasm, a man who believes it is a president's role to set large national goals, like Kennedy and Lincoln in the last two centuries. With Romney, the space community saw a cautious businessman looking for input on product development from the various constituencies whose support he would need to go forward. (Romney's approach to space recalled nothing so much as fellow businessman Herman Cain's approach to nearly every national problem: convene a committee of experts in the White House and come up with a plan.) A lot of people scoffed at Gingrich's proposals, but each man's approach to space is worth examining, because they offer a glimpse into each man's approach to governing.
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I’m just grateful it is a bit of an election issue.
Astonishing. In my lifetime it never really has.
I guess shuttle retired it’s starting to hit the national psyche a bit.
Read that. Newt's right. There is this much[-]room between Obama's health care policy and Mitt's health care policy, and I suggest between their space leadership too.
Unfortunately Romney found some old left over astronauts to support him.
There’s something surreal about Mittens coming into the Space Coast and saying he doesn’t even have a space vision. Was there a post-turtle on the podium as well? And if he wasn’t ready to commit to a space vision, at least give us a technology vision.
I'm sure his transgressions from Newt-love will be pointed out to me in short order.
I spoke with him at the Newt rally in Mt. Dora, Fl. at the Lakeside Inn last Thursday. :)
No doubt. Some you must ignore.
25 years ago, we had Ronald Reagan, Johnny Cash, and Bob Hope.
If you can't appreciate the pure beauty of the violin after hearing this, something's wrong with your ears.
Or you can get raw with these strings.
How about this gamechanger from America's Got Talent (which they SHOULD have won).
And finally, this, dedicated to the one and only rdb2, whose eyes are growing dim.
Either way, the violin is sweet yet LETHAL.