George Will is just getting better with age. Below are some nuggets from his excellent column today skewering Newt Gingrich’s recent thoughts on the courts. I recommend the whole piece. As we’ve noted before on Pileus, Gingrich is no consistent friend of liberty. In a pair-wise comparison, Romney is almost certainly the lesser of two evils (and I use that term not quite literally but not entirely figuratively either).
Our readers seem to agree given the result of this Pileus poll.
I just can’t believe that those who would like to see a big yellow Ryder truck at the White House have these two guys at the top of the polls to choose from – and that Romney is likely to emerge as the “sensible” alternative!!! The Republican Party has really failed conservatives and libertarians in their ranks. It is extremely unlikely that there will be a brokered convention; it is usually just a fantasy of political nerds. But that would be one way to get someone on the ticket who isn’t currently in the race. And given the rules on delegates, every vote for someone other than Romney or Gingrich makes this one-in-a-million possibility more likely. But even if that led to a Romney win anyway, such a result would make it more likely we could see a “Secretary of the Treasury Ron Paul” or something even better (since even I would have mixed feelings about Paul in that position). But remember, a brokered convention is a fantasy with a capital F. Still, institutions matter…and the delegate rules this year make for some interesting possibilities in terms of pre-election coalition building.
On to the quotations from Will:
Judicial deference to majorities can, however, be a dereliction of the judicial duty to oppose actions irreconcilable with constitutional limits on what majorities may do. Gingrich’s campaign against courts repudiates contemporary conservatism’s core commitment to limited government. [snip]
Gingrich’s unsurprising descent into sinister radicalism — intimidation of courts — is redundant evidence that he is not merely the least conservative candidate, he is thoroughly anti-conservative. He disdains the central conservative virtue, prudence, and exemplifies progressivism’s defining attribute — impatience with impediments to the political branches’ wielding of untrammeled power. He exalts the will of the majority of the moment, at least as he, tribune of the vox populi, interprets it.
UPDATE: Here is a piece on NR that came out today on the delegate rules and the possibility of a brokered convention. Possible but still not likely.