The news media is finally catching up with Gingrich’s scariest idea, one I wrote about a month ago: He thinks presidents can ignore Supreme Court rulings. The Los Angeles Times’ longtime legal reporter David Savage explores this invitation to dictatorship, but notes that the former House Speaker “demurred when asked whether President Obama could ignore a high court ruling next year if it declared unconstitutional the new healthcare law.”
Imagine a system in which the president is truly above the law. The Gingrich plan would allow the Executive Branch to do anything, as in ANYTHING, it wants, without any legal restraints. Nixon wouldn’t have had to release Watergate tapes, and stayed in office. Brown vs. Board of Education would be a moot opinion (Eisenhower briefly toyed with not enforcing it, but got talked out of it). The list goes on.
Mitt Romney has talked about Newt’s “zany” ideas. Well, this one is a doozy and Romney ought to condemn it.