During this week's GOP presidential primary debate hosted by Fox News, as we already covered here at C&L, Newt Gingrich had some pretty outrageous things to say about the the balance of power between the three branches of government in the United States, going so far as to say he'd work to "abolish the Ninth Circuit" if he didn't agree with their rulings.
Apparently Ann Coulter and Bill O'Reilly weren't too thrilled with some of what he had to say about the Supreme Court during that debate as well. Coulter called Gingrich's remarks "frightening" and claimed they would "open up conservatives to ridicule." While I don't disagree with her, apparently Coulter's irony alert button is broken because she's managed to do a well enough job of that all on her on for years now.
Both she and O'Reilly don't have any room to talk when it comes to flame throwing and making statements that those who don't regularly watch Fox would find pretty outrageous.
Here's more from Mediaite -- Ann Coulter: Gingrich’s ‘Outrageous’ Threat To Subpoena Justices Threatens Checks & Balances:
On The O’Reilly Factor tonight, Ann Coulter did not mince words when dissecting Newt Gingrich‘s views on executive power and directly challenging the authority of Supreme Court justices by potentially having them subpoenaed under a Gingrich presidency. She argued that the frontrunner candidate has a history of making over-the-top, bombastic statements that only ever end up hurting the conservative cause.
Gingrich’s frontrunner status in the Republican field hasn’t been without its share of controversies, and the latest is Gingrich’s proposal to assert more oversight over the Supreme Court if he is elected to the presidency. During last night’s GOP debate, Megyn Kelly questioned Gingrich about his position, citing several political analysts who do not like the precedent it sets for the system of checks and balances.in American government. [...]
O’Reilly then brought Coulter on for her reaction to Gingrich’s bombast, and she minced no words in explaining what was wrong with Gingrich’s words. Coulter explained that the notion of subpoenaing Supreme Court justices was a ridiculous one, and if anyone is going to bring them in for impeachment proceedings, it would be Congress and not the president.
Another possibility for the president, as O’Reilly saw it, was to issue executive orders like Lincoln did with the Emancipation Proclamation and then wait to see if it gets challenged by the courts. But Coulter was incredibly critical of Gingrich’s words even to the point where she suggested they made conservatives look ridiculous.
I, at least, know that this is an outrageous thing he is suggesting. You have to lay the groundwork for it, you don’t just make these bombastic statements and open up conservatives to ridicule.
And the two of them couldn't help themselves with painting President Obama as "frightening" to the electorate as well and said they didn't want to see the Republicans put up a candidate who scares the voters even more than the President does. While many of the voters from across the span of the electorate have varying views on what they think of our current President's policies and whether they agree with them or not and he's having trouble in a lot of the polls right now, I don't think most voters think of him as "frightening" unless you're a regular Fox viewer. As they failed to note, his poll numbers when it comes to personal likability are still rather high even if he's having trouble in other areas.