Newt Gingrich

Warren B. Rudman, 1930-2012

Former New Hampshire Senator Warren Rudman, who served from 1981 to 1993, has died at the age of 82.  Lawyers  and law professors throughout the country should mourn, although they probably will not. Hundreds if not thousands of men (and women) have served in the United States Congress since the creation of the Republic, and the vast …


Information or Ideology? The Dilemmas of a Property Professor

It often occurs in teaching law school classes that opportunities present themselves for discussing current issues.  And that presents a problem: how can a teacher do it without engaging in ideological indoctrination?  The easiest way is to avoid the issue entirely.  But is that also avoiding the responsibility to actually address important topics? I ran …


The “21st Century Contract with America”

I’ve just been reading Gingrich’s new version of the Contract with America.   It repeats Gingrich’s desire to end most federal regulations in favor of federal coaching and subsidies for businesses and state governments: We must also replace the EPA, which pursues an anti-jobs agenda the economy simply cannot sustain. A pro-growth Environmental Solutions Agency in …


Gingrich & The Environment

Given Newt Gingrich’s current spurt in the polls, it’s worth taking a bit of a closer look at his environmental views.  He favors dismantling EPA, which should make him popular with the tea party.  But apparently he has problems in that quarter: The reaction from some conservative commentators was swift and harsh. “Intellectually incoherent,” said …


GOP Postmodernism Continues Apace

It’s bad enough that Republicans have declared war on science, and war on facts: now they are declaring war on math.  Newt Gingrich says that the Congressional Budget Office should be abolished, mainly it will tell him things that he doesn’t like.  As Brian Beutler of TPM notes, any attempt to repeal health care reform …


Newt is Yet Another Mind-Changing Republican Candidate Climate Denier

This climate change ad, posted today in a  Salon piece on Newt Gingrich and his “enviornmentalism problem,” is a must watch: [youtube=] Yes,  newly declared Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich appeared with Nancy Pelosi in a 2008 youtube video  to argue that we must do something about climate change.  But more recently he’s backed away from …