Sunday, November 13, 2011

Pelley Vs. Gingrich

I once again didn't get to watch the GOP debate last night, but I quickly learned of the best moment by checking out HotAir and reading various accounts: the exchange between CBS moderator Scott Pelley and Newt Gingrich on the rule of law involving enemy combatants.

Pelley asked Gingrich if he would sign the death warrant for an suspected American citizen (Anwar al-Awlaki) engaged in terror activities overseas, inwhich Gingrich responded he wasn't suspected but was actively fighting against us. Pelley retorted he wasn't tried in court; Gingrich responded he was by high ranking officials.

This is where it gets fun.

Pelley retorted, with a smug elitist smile, that such actions were against the "rule of law." Gingrich then responded "It is the rule of law. That is explicitly false. If you engage in War against the U.S., you are an enemy combatant. You have none of the civil liberties of the U.S. You cannot go to court."

The crowd, with the exception of a few Paul supporters, erupted in prolonged cheers and Pelley was stone cold silent during the rest of Gingrich's answer, which defined the difference between court of law and rules of war.

This is why the Gingrich surge is occurring, because Conservative voters are attracted to Newt's top-notch debating skills, brash style and supreme intellect. If it wasn't for my strong support of Romney, I'd be on the Newt bandwagon today, but I feel the former Governor has the best policies and chance of actually beating Obama.

What say you?

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