Is Newt Gingrich the most dangerous Republican presidential candidate of all? If elected, he pledges to conduct an all-out assault on our judicial system:
Newt Gingrich says as president he would ignore Supreme Court decisions that conflicted with his powers as commander in chief, and he would press for impeaching judges or even abolishing certain courts if he disagreed with their rulings.
"I'm fed up with elitist judges" who seek to impose their "radically un-American" views, Gingrich said Saturday in a conference call with reporters.
In recent weeks, the Republican presidential contender has been telling conservative audiences he is determined to expose the myth of "judicial supremacy" and restrain judges to a more limited role in American government. "The courts have become grotesquely dictatorial and far too powerful," he said in Thursday's Iowa debate.
Gingrich's views have even alarmed some fellow conservatives. Bush administration attorney general Michael Mukasey said that Gingrich's ideas are "dangerous, ridiculous, totally irresponsible, outrageous, off-the-wall and would reduce the entire judicial system to a spectacle." He was joined in his criticism by Bush attorney general Alberto Gonzalez. Conservative columnist George Will criticized Gingrich for his "rhetorical flamboyance."
None of this criticism has fazed Gingrich, who said today that judges should explain "radical" decisions before Congress–and if they refused to do so, they should be arrested. Watch him as he spoke to Bob Schieffer on "Face The Nation":
Schieffer: One of the things you say is that if you don’t like what a court has done, that Congress should subpoena the judge and bring him before Congress and hold a Congressional hearing… how would you enforce that? Would you send the Capitol Police down to arrest him?
Gingrich: Sure. If you had to. Or you’d instruct the Justice Department to send a U.S. Marshal.