Beltway Blackout Has Newt Thinking About EMP Attacks

Reporting on Politics and Policy.
July 2 2012 9:13 AM

Beltway Blackout Has Newt Thinking About EMP Attacks

There are two kinds of people: Those who miss Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign, and those who are angry that the campaign still owes them money. Count me in the first camp.

Screen shot 2012-07-02 at 9.04.27 AM

I'm one of the lucky gentrifiers whose neighborhood has remained wired and cooled and online—perfect for reading colleagues' missives about the outages in the suburbs. Perfect, too, for reading Bill Forstchen's Newt-endorsed (he writes the introduction) thriller One Second After, all about life after an EMP attack cripples the West. But the most exciting EMP-esque drama I'm aware of is the upcoming series Revolution, a J.J. Abrams-produced look at post-electricity America.


Tip of the hat to Alex Burns, who wonders if Callista Gingrich's tweets about Italian tourist spots help explain why Gingrich tweeted this so early in the morning, Eastern time.

David Weigel is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

  Slate Plus
Plus Roundups
Jan. 30 2015 11:44 AM What Happened at Slate This Week? Social media guru Lindsey Underwood highlights the most popular stories of the week, from the Patriots to Tom Petty.