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Obamacare, politics, and the modern Supreme Court.
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What makes the comparison worse for President Obama and his supporters is that, unlike the media’s neutral-to-negative reaction to FDR’s court-packing plan, Obamacare has had the unflinching support of the New York Times, network news broadcasts, and other media outlets. A typical example: as the Media Research Center reported, of CNN’s Soledad O’Brien’s four Wednesday guests to discuss the Obamacare hearings at the Supreme Court, one was a Democratic senator, one a Democratic congressman, one an Obama campaign official, and one a lonely anti-mandate lawyer.
Despite the media reinforcements, Obamacare is failing in public opinion and its lynchpin policy provision, the individual mandate, looks likely to fail in a Supreme Court opinion.
Democrats, knowing this, have little choice in order to save their political hides other than to scream “politics” from the rooftop of the Supreme Court. But this is a tactic destined to backfire.
As Americans are reminded how politics shapes our highest court, they will be attracted toward presidential candidates who will appoint judges who follow the Constitution’s written words and clear intent, and toward congressional candidates who will support such judges as part of an overall renewal of American constitutional consciousness.
It is a welcome and belated renewal, but one which, if history is any lesson, may prove all too fleeting. If it takes a “political” Supreme Court to bring us back to a public which takes the Constitution seriously, I say Let It Be.
A man of faith in a godless age is hitting Americans where it hurts.
Mr. and Mrs. American Spectator Reader, let P.J. O’Rourke talk sense to your kids.
In Britain, defending your property can get you life.
It won’t take long for conservatives to scratch this presidential wannabe off their 2008 scorecard.
Was the President done in by the economy, or by the politics of the economy?