"We're sure that Gov. Romney would be happy to take up the Speaker's idea of establishing a moon colony as a U.S. state, or whatever it was he proposed, as long as he drops out of the race," suggested current Speaker of the House John Boehner. "And then, once it's established, we can send Newt up to be president of that.""Hopefully sooner rather than later," he added, effusively.
More and more, the GOP establishment has been rallying around Romney out of fear that Gingrich may end up winning the nomination and prove unelectable against Barack Obama come November.
Even conservative firebrand Ann Coulter, a Romney supporter, has turned on Gingrich. On Fox And Friends this week she called him the "least conservative" of the GOP candidates and noted that he didn't even support her 2006 campaign against puppies and orphans.
"What kind of conservative doesn't support something like that?" she asked, suggesting that Gingrich may have even at one point secretly been an orphan, or a puppy. "Either way I'd like to crush his big gourd of a head underneath my boot heel," she added as Steve Doocy backed away, slowly.
For his part, Romney said he could definitely get behind Rep. Boehner's suggestion of taking up Gingrich's moon plan should Gingrich leave the race.
"There's nothing I'd like better than to see Speaker Gingrich on the moon," said Romney, drawing prompt agreement from the likes of Sen. Tom Coburn, former Sen. Bob Dole, CNN's John King, Gingrich's first wife and Gingrich's second wife.