If Newt Gingrich wants to be taken seriously as a potential president, he needs to stop his irresponsible attacks on the federal judiciary. He told reporters last week that, if elected, he would abolish entire courts if he thought their decisions were out of step with the country, the Washington Post reported. He then suggested on CBS' "Face the Nation" that he might send federal law enforcement to arrest judges who make controversial rulings in order to compel them to appear before congressional hearings. So much for judicial independence and the constitutional separation of powers. "It may be expedient to appeal to specific voters in primaries or caucuses, but it's a constitutional disaster," said Bert Brandenburg, an advocate for an independent judiciary. "Americans want courts that can uphold their rights and not be accountable to politicians."