“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.” – Pres. Obama
If there is a more sarcastic observation to be made about the modern day Supreme Court I haven’t heard it.
It’s hard to believe that the White House is in “damage control” over Pres. Obama’s shot across the conservative wing of the Supreme Court, but that’s the Reuters headline.
Lawrence Tribe weighed in as well, saying Pres. Obama “obviously misspoke.”
Jay Carney, the White House press secretary, is spinning like a top.
There’s no doubt in my mind that Pres. Obama knows the history of the court and its rulings, just as well as he knows the partisan make-up that’s come to rule it. He knows the court’s job is to keep us all on the constitutional path. It’s just that’s not what the Supreme Court is noted for in recent history.
I don’t think there is any doubt that Democratic concern is moored in the worries a highly partisan Supreme Court will let ideology be their guide.
That doesn’t require “damage control,” if you’re willing to be honest about why you shot a rhetorical canon across the justice’s bow. But he’s not Harry Truman, so he’s not willing to be blunt about it, no matter how unseemly it might be to tell the truth, so one of his word salads caught him up.
Obama clearly sees this Supreme Court case on ACA as a challenge to his very presidency, something akin to what Al Gore faced when Bush v. Gore was decided.
It’s not damage control that’s needed, it’s honesty to say exactly that, because it happens to be true.
On the other hand, Pres. Obama and his administration have only themselves to blame, because of how they allowed the health care bill to be concocted and rolled out, which is how he got into this mess in the first place.
But why everyone is treating the Supreme Court like it hasn’t earned a ration of grief over what has become one controversial ruling after another on big issues is beyond me. Strip searches for traffic violations, anyone?
However, the Supreme Court is the final say, with Pres. Obama clearly concerned the Administration and Democrats in Congress might have blown it. That’s the story.