Newt Gingrich continued his brave crusade to drive all rationality from the presidential race and prove himself far worse than even his opponents already knew him to be when, at Mike Huckabee’s presidential forum in South Carolina, he said he would want to fire federal employees who are too liberal.
“I think an intelligent conservative wants the right federal employees delivering the right services in a highly efficient way and then wants to get rid of those folks who are in fact wasteful, or those folks who are ideologically so far to the left, or those people who want to frankly dictate to the rest of us.”
And I think an intelligent conservative should know that this is illegal. You can, of course, hire political appointees according to their political views; you cannot, however, discriminate against actual employees on that basis. The Bush administration did exactly that at the DOJ, hiring career attorneys based on their political and religious views, and got smacked down for it.