“Ultimately I’m 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,” he said.
In other words, he’s telling the justices that if they mess with the ACA they’re going to destroy their own credibility and forever be considered a bunch of radical judicial activists. And yesterday’s ruling about strip searches helps his case.
I don’t think President Obama has much in common with Franklin Roosevelt, but the Supreme Court is on the verge of turning Obama into FDR. By authorizing strip searches for minor offenses and signaling that it may overturn major legislation supported by large majorities in the House and Senate, the Court is giving Obama a big campaign issue to run against unelected justices engaging in judicial activism.
In one case, justices ignore questions of personal liberty, while in the other they cite liberty as the reason for overturning an activist federal government seeking to provide health coverage for uninsured Americans. Most Americans see strip searches in minor cases as more intrusive to their personal liberty. Now Obama can run against an obstructionist Congress and a tone deaf Supreme Court couching political arguments as legal principle.
Yeah, pretty much. Precedent and law mean nothing to them; they just rule as they feel like ruling.
The President also is using some strong language about the Republican budget passed in the House last week.
“It’s a Trojan horse. Disguised as deficit reduction plan, it’s really an attempt to impose a radical vision on our country,” Obama said in excerpts of his speech released Tuesday. “It’s nothing but thinly veiled social Darwinism.”
PS — Note to wingnuts — the armed broccoli is a metaphor offered as humor. I am not seriously suggesting that vegetables take up arms. Well, except in Florida.