Newt Loses His Lead in Iowa

Newt Gingrich has completely flipped his wig:

Newt Gingrich on Sunday reiterated his argument that there is something “profoundly wrong” with the United States’ judicial system, and argued that the balance of power in American government should come down to “two out of three” branches of the government.

In an appearance on CBS’ “Face the Nation,” Gingrich continued to defend his controversial position that Congress and the president should have the authority to ignore the rulings of federal judges when they disagree with them.

Citing what he describes as “extreme behavior” on the party of the judicial system, Gingrich proposes a system wherein “it’s always two out of three.”

“If the Congress and the court say the president is wrong, in the end the president would lose. And if the president and the court agreed, the Congress loses,” said Gingrich. “The founding fathers designed the Constitution very specifically in a Montesquieu spirit of the laws to have a balance of power – not to have a dictatorship by any one of the three branches.”

“How does the president decide what’s a good law and ‘I’m going to obey the Supreme Court,’ or what’s a bad law and ‘I’m just going to ignore it?'” asked CBS’ Bob Schieffer.

“I think it depends on the severity of the case,” Gingrich responded. “I’m not suggesting that the Congress and the president review every decision. I’m suggesting that when there are decisions… in which they’re literally risking putting civil liberty rules in battlefields, it’s utterly irrational for the Supreme Court to take on its shoulders the defense of the United States. It’s a violation of the Constitution.”

When asked how he would force a judge to respond to a subpoena – from which judges are protected by common-law judicial privilege, barring in matters such as judicial misconduct – Gingrich said he would consider sending the Capitol police to arrest him or her.

“If you had to,” he said, responding to the suggestion. “Or you’d instruct the Justice Department to send a U.S. Marshall.”

Gingrich may be getting too crazy even for Republicans to support:

A new Public Policy Polling survey in Iowa finds Ron Paul has taken the lead in the GOP presidential race with 23%, followed by Mitt Romney at 20%, Newt Gingrich at 14%, Rick Santorum at 10%, Michele Bachmann at 10%, Rick Perry at 10% and Jon Huntsman at 4%.

Key findings: “Gingrich has now seen a big drop in his Iowa standing two weeks in a row. His share of the vote has gone from 27% to 22% to 14%. And there’s been a large drop in his personal favorability numbers as well from +31 (62/31) to +12 (52/40) to now -1 (46/47). Negative ads over the last few weeks have really chipped away at Gingrich’s image as being a strong conservative — now only 36% of voters believe that he has ‘strong principles,’ while 43% think he does not.”



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