Twitter shoots for the moon with tweets about Newt’s space base

At Thursday's Republican debate in Jacksonville, FL (the last for nearly a month, for those of you following closely!) Newt Gingrich's proposed moon colony briefly took center stage.

Unsurprisingly, members of the Twitterverse were ready with the punchlines. We've included the five funniest (that we saw) below. Did you spot something better? Leave it in the comments!

Future historians will be hard pressed to explain how so much of the 2012 election focused on moon colonies.

--Mike Madden (@mikemadden)

Will people on the moon be required to have health insurance?

--Ralph Reed (@ralphreed)

I would be remiss not to point out that without a colony on the Moon, we would not have had the movie Airplane II.

--Sam Youngman (@samyoungman)

I, too, hope this debate comes back to the real issues, by which I mean space colonization. #cnndebate

--Molly Ball (@mollyesque)

Making matters worse for Senator Moonerson was his insistence on taking direct flights to the Moon from National Airport.

--Jason Linkins (@dceiver)

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