Newt Gingrich Tells Us About the Justice System and Experts

Wolf Blitzer interviewed Newt Gingrich this afternoon, who is still technically running for President, and given that the second degree murder charge for George Zimmerman in relation to the killing of Trayvon Martin was coming within the next hour, the CNN host decided to lead off with a general  “tell me anything” question about the case, to which a visibly uncomfortable Gingrich gave a reserved canned response about having “faith in the criminal justice system.”

Asked about the President’s public comments on the Martin case, Gingrich offered that Americans of all ethnicities and ages are killed all the time, and that each deserves sympathy and concern. Pressed to say something about the President and the Attorney General commenting publicly on the case, Gingrich finally offered this:

You would hope that the Attorney General of the United States would be in favor of the system of justice, and you would hope that the President who is a Harvard Law graduate would be in favor of the system of justice.

He followed this up with an appeal to experts:

 Apparently this prosecutor is a very serious person. She has a considerable track record… I’m inclined to rely on her judgment unless there’s some overwhelming reason by some other expert to second guess her, and since I’m not an expert I’m not going to second guess her.

We know, of course, Gingrich backed the killing of U.S. citizen Anwar al-Awlaki through a targeted drone strike in Yemen last year. The radical cleric al-Awlaki was put on a “kill list” and approved by a panel of experts, raising the question of whether President Obama or Newt Gingrich know the difference between the rule of law (justice systems) and the rule of men (experts).

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    I can't decide if this sentence is supposed to contain a comma.

  • Sevo||

    Pretty sure the fact that it is a an actual sentence is largely accidental.

  • juris imprudent||

    Where precisely would you put said comma?

  • sloopyinca||

    Is that a picture of Conan O'Brien dressed up as Newclear Titties?

  • Apogee||

    No - it's Egghead, from the 60's Batman show.

  • ||

    That's not a picture of Vincent Price.

  • ||

    Yes it is, it's clearly Dr Phibes with a wig. You just cant see the neck Vocoder plug in.

  • ||

    Uh, are you retarded, doc? It's clearly a Talosian.

  • ||

    Yes. Yes, you're right. That would explain why Callista finds him attractive; he appears as an illusion of some hunky stud. Much like Shallow Hal. It's uncanny that Tony Robbins also has a similar macro-cranial condition.

  • sloopyinca||

    And here is their queen.

  • Apogee||

    There's also quite a bit of difference between backing the drone strike against al-Awlaki and backing the refusal to observe due process.

    The conflation of the two is useful to cloud the issue of government constraint.

  • Rich||

    "You would hope that the Attorney General ... and ... the President ... would be in favor of the system of justice."

    Hope & Change, Baby!

  • TELLMOFF||

    I have had people tell me: "let the system work". These are the people that the system is rigged to favor.

  • Mickey Rat||

    Can anyone explain what coherent point Krayewski is trying to make here? Is he really criticizing Gingrich for not giving an opinion on Zimmerman because he had an opinion on another matter that Krayewski did not like?

  • widget||

    Can anyone explain what coherent point Krayewski is trying to make here?

    Well Mickey Rat, he's

    raising the question of whether President Obama or Newt Gingrich know the difference between the rule of law (justice systems) and the rule of men (experts).

    It's like Moby Dick without the whale or Treasure Island without the pirates.

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  • Ken Shultz||

    The radical cleric al-Awlaki was put on a “kill list” and approved by a panel of experts, raising the question of whether President Obama or Newt Gingrich know the difference between the rule of law (justice systems) and the rule of men (experts).

    If an American citizen joins with the enemy in waging war against the United States, he makes himself a military target.

    "The President is authorized to use all necessary and appropriate force against those nations, organizations, or persons he determines planned, authorized, committed, or aided the terrorist attacks that occurred on September 11, 2001, or harbored such organizations or persons, in order to prevent any future acts of international terrorism against the United States by such nations, organizations or persons.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A.....Terrorists

    Then there's this bit:

    al-Awlaki spoke with and preached to three of the 9/11 hijackers. He was actively recruiting for al Qaeda. He had been promoted to regional commander of al Qaeda.

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Anwar_al-Awlaki

    If you don't want to be targeted by the U.S. military as if you were part of al Qaeda, there's an easy way to avoid that. Don't wage war against the United States as a commander within an organization against which the president has been authorized by Congress to wage war.

  • Lord Humungus||

    that angle makes Newt's even looker larger than normal.

  • Jerryskids||

    "raising the question of whether President Obama or Newt Gingrich know the difference between the rule of law (justice systems) and the rule of men (experts)"

    Oh, they know all right. Trust me, they know. But, like most politicians, guess which one they pay lip service to and which one they really favor?

    Ask any of them, "What would you do about problem x?" and the answer ain't going to be "Well, I don't think the government has any Constitutional mandate to deal with problem x", the answer is always "Well, after consulting with my experts, I have come up with a 4-point plan for dealing with problem x".

    For all the complains of executive over-reach made about Clinton, Bush expanded the executive power even more. And Obama expanded upon Bush, and Rubio will expand upon Obama. Because not a one of them actually thinks democracy is a good idea. Not a one of them knows Brutus was the hero in Julius Caesar.

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