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Obama’s Amazing Ignorance and Rudeness in Attacking the Supreme Court

January 28th, 2010 Leave a comment Go to comments

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Professor Barnett says:

In the history of the State of the Union has any President ever called out the Supreme Court by name, and egged on the Congress to jeer a Supreme Court decision, while the Justices were seated politely before him surrounded by hundreds Congressmen? To call upon the Congress to countermand (somehow) by statute a constitutional decision, indeed a decision applying the First Amendment? What can this possibly accomplish besides alienating Justice Kennedy who wrote the opinion being attacked. Contrary to what we heard during the last administration, the Court may certainly be the object of presidential criticism without posing any threat to its independence. But this was a truly shocking lack of decorum and disrespect towards the Supreme Court for which an apology is in order. A new tone indeed.

I actually approve of Presidents vigorously condemning the Supreme Court and its opinions. That isn’t the problem here. There are two problems here:

1. It’s rude and unfair to do it when the Justices are sitting in the front rows right near you, and can’t fight back.

2. Obama revealed amazing ignorance, especially for someone who taught con law at Chicago. Chicago must be shuddering at this. Obama was wrong when he said this reversed a century of law. This kind of corporate spending was legal till McCain-Feingold– corporations just didn’t choose to do it. Obama was also wrong when he said Congress could reverse the Supreme Court. Their decision wasn’t statutory interpretation— it said that a statute passed by Congress was unconstitutional. Thus, reversing it requires a constitutional amendment, which isn’t what Obama was talking about. What Obama said was seriously stupid. Does he know *nothing* about con law?

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