Alito’s reaction to Obama’s jab at the Supreme Court discussed below was pretty reasonable considering that what Obama said was in fact false (or “imprecise,” if you want to be as charitable as New York Times Supreme Court reporter Linda Greenhouse). “Last week the Supreme Court reversed a century of law,” Obama claimed. In fact, Austin v. Michigan Chamber of Commerce, the case that was overturned by Citizens United v. FEC, is only 20 years old. The 100-year-old ban on corporations contributing directly to candidates remains in place.
Didn’t President Obama used to teach constitutional law? Because if he understands this but got it wrong anyway, that’s what’s known as lying.
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