Former Republican Speaker Newt Gingrich, who is running for President in the Republican Tea Party primary, recently told an audience in Iowa that the Supreme Court is essentially a myth, and is unconstitutional. He told his teabagging followers that Congress can pass a law weakening the power of the Judicial branch of government. "In the American system, if you read the Constitution correctly — this is why I wrote 'A Nation Like No Other' — if you read the Federalist Papers correctly, the fact is the Congress can pass a law and can limit the Court’s jurisdiction. It’s written directly in the Constitution...There is no Supreme Court in the American Constitution."
Hmmmm....how then would Mr. Gingrich explain the opening of Article 3 of the US Constitution which reads, "The judicial power of the United States shall be vested in one Supreme Court.” Seems pretty clear to me, but I am not considered a conservative intellectual.
Think Progress points out that not only is Gingrich inaccurate (as he usually is), but he is also unoriginal. Michele Bachmann floated the same nonsense two months ago, and notorious racist Republican Senator, Jesse Helms, tried it in the 1980s.