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Then there’s the Wall Street Journal’s long editorial on the subject Saturday. Bottom line:

“The real history lesson here may be what the Freddie episode reveals about Mr. Gingrich's political philosophy. To wit, he has a soft spot for big government when he can use it for his own political ends,” the newspaper editorialized. “Mr. Gingrich would help his candidacy if he stopped defending his Freddie payday, admitted his mistake, and promised to atone as President by shrinking Fannie and Freddie and ultimately putting them out of business.”

But back to the Gingrich and the courts. It’s not just court-loving liberals who are critical of what the former House Speaker is proposing, which includes abolishing certain judgeships.

In the National Review Online Friday, noted conservatives Ed Whelan and Matthew Franck take turns knocking "Gingrich's Awful Proposal to Abolish Judgeships,” as their exchange is titled.

“I have often said that judicial independence is something we could stand to have a lot less of,” Franck writes. “But there are right ways and wrong ways to bring activist judges to heel. [Gingrich’s proposal] is a very badly wrong way.”

Whelan (who clerked for Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia and served in the Justice Department under former president George W. Bush) calls it “constitutionally unsound and politically foolish.”

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