On Saturday morning, Newt Gingrich, ever the professor, assigned some reading to the CPAC audience: “Citizenville” by lefty California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom.

This isn’t the first time Gingrich plugged Newsom’s book. Earlier this week he recommended “Citizenville” on the Gingrich Productions website, calling it a “blueprint for the Republican Party.”

Amazingly, the best recent outline for how to replace a lot of centralized bureaucracy with a decentralized civil society is written by a Democrat.

Every Conservative should read California Lt. Governor Gavin Newsom’s Citizenville, a new book packed with ideas for using technology to empower citizens to reclaim the functions of government from the bureaucratic state.

I disagree deeply with Newsom, the former mayor of San Francisco, on many social issues. But Republicans won’t find much objectionable in his new book.

The publisher loved the endorsement.

Update: Here’s the video of Gingrich at CPAC.