Magazine January 23, 2012, Issue

How to End Judicial Supremacy

Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich speaks at the Veterans for a Strong America Presidential Forum in Des Moines, Iowa, December 10, 2011. (Jim Young/Reuters)
Newt Gingrich has the right idea but not always the right tactics

Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich knows how to press the Left’s soft spots. Even as he fades from the front of the Republican presidential pack, he deserves credit for attacking the judiciary’s seizure of power over some of society’s most important issues. Choosing new Supreme Court justices will be one of the next president’s most influential tools for changing direction on controversies ranging from the balance between national security and civil liberties to a woman’s right to an abortion.

Sometimes, however, Gingrich presses so hard that he ends up hurting his own cause. He stands on firm constitutional and historical ground

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