George Will v. Newt Gingrich

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.

One thought on “George Will v. Newt Gingrich

  1. Just another reason for me to withhold my support from Mr. Gingrich. His argument against the judiciary is, to me, antithetical with the founding principles of our country and its Constitution. Judges are not in place to simply assess the public mood and rule accordingly, they are in place to determine the legality of a particular action or law. Often this means determining that the Constitution prohibits something the popular will supports. If Gingrich’s idea is put in to practice then the logical conclusion would be to abolish the judiciary, such as it is.

    George Will speaks for me on this topic, albeit much more clearly and eloquently.

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