Obama took a shot at the conservatives on the Court, today,in comments about the deliberations over ObamaCare.
“Ultimately, I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” Obama said at a news conference with the leaders of Canada and Mexico.
“Strong majority?” How stupid does this President think we are? Does he think we all suffer from mass amnesia? Alzheimer’s?
video via Weasel Zippers
The bitter battle that finally led to Obamacare’s slim passage, only two years ago, included countless promises that couldn’t be kept, back-room deals, kick-backs, parliamentary tricks and a transparently dishonest executive order that promised pro-life Dems that ObamaCare wouldn’t cover abortions. (Whatever happened to that E/O?)
The heavy handed/rammed down our throats passage of the unpopular bill represented a major betrayal to the majority of Americans who opposed it, and the Democrats were punished severely that Fall with a shellacking of epic proportions.
That’s what the President considers passing with “a strong majority”.
The constitutional scholar also had “stern words” for the conservatives on the court.
“And I’d just remind conservative commentators that, for years, what we have heard is, the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism, or a lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law,” Obama said.
“Well, this is a good example, and I’m pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step,” he said.
But of course, slapping down an unconstitutional law is not what what one would call “judicial activism”. It’s called our checks and balances at work with one branch correcting the abusive overreach of the other two branches.
Doug Ross: I find it curious that a self-professed Constitutional scholar doesn’t know that the Supreme Court has struck down more than 1,300 laws since the founding of the Republic
Legal Insurrection: Hey Obama, know what else those unelected judges have?
America’s Right: An Open Letter to President Barack H. Obama, Constitutional Scholar
I understand that, ideologically, your signature piece of health care legislation is the perfect progressive fix. I understand how it works. I understand how it slowly but surely interferes with insurers’ ability to assess risk and thus slowly but surely facilitates an increase in premium costs, therefore driving more and more people to clamor for a government fix. It’s a brilliant political maneuver.
But it’s also unconstitutional.
And when the Justices of the United States Supreme Court tell you as much mere weeks before November’s election, it will not be because they are “unelected,” nor will it be because they somehow don’t understand the legislation. The law simply runs afoul of the Commerce Clause of the United States Constitution, and no amount of “strong majority of a democratically elected Congress” will change that.
Wave the white flag, Mr. President. Or, preferably, you can continue to make a fool of yourself. In my Trial Advocacy class at Rutgers-Camden, after all, we were taught how do deal with opposing counsel who was floundering in front of a judge or jury: sit tight, smile, and just let it happen.
Now, Rutgers-Camden is a fine school, but it sure ain’t Harvard. Nevertheless, I’m the one who is sitting tight and smiling.
Good luck with your re-election.
Richard Fernandez, Belmont Club: Nice Court You Have There, It Would Be A Shame If Something Happened To It