Newt’s Bad Precedents
And then there is the question of history and its uses. What is notable about Gingrich’s foraging in our country’s annals is that he treats what some might view as low or at least troubling moments, such as Lincoln’s suspension of habeas corpus or Roosevelt’s court-packing scheme, as prizes—sources of comfort and encouragement. What should be admonitions are inducements, not just precedents but lodestars.
- In today’s Daily Comment, Amy Davidson writes about what Newt has against judges and why it matters: nyr.kr/sCSAT8