Obama’s first lose-lose Obamacare-related argument today.
The first round of the US Supreme Court’s attempts to settle the problem that is Obamacare takes place today, and from the Obama administration’s purely partisan (and particularly puerile) perspective, there’s no winning scenario available. Essentially, what’s happening today is the courts are hearing arguments about whether or not Obamacare’s individual mandate qualifies as a tax. If it does qualify as a tax, then under | Read More »
Reviewing Ann Bradley’s physical attack on David Prosser…
…what? I am perfectly entitled to use the rules of thumb popularized by left-wing hack groups like ThinkProgress or Talking Points Memo: since they felt justified in using uncorroborated anonymous reports to vicariously convict Prosser of assault, they have absolutely no justification for other people using the precise same criteria to vicariously convict Bradley. Besides, my version makes much more coherent sense. OK, let me | Read More »
A call for packing the Supreme Court? Is this man MAD?
This is a joke, right? This may come as a surprise to some people, but the U.S. Constitution does not specify the size of the Supreme Court. [snip] So if nine justices is not writ in stone, the embattled President Obama should deal with this hostile conservative/reactionary court by adding three members. (Via AoSHQ) Leaving aside the fact that author Stan Isaacs apparently felt the | Read More »
‘How they confirm Supreme Court judges.’
The confirmation of judges to the United States Supreme Court is a process that is exclusively the responsibility of the United States Senate. A candidate (like Ms. Sotomayor) is brought before the Senate Judiciary Committee for evaluation/grilling: once she makes it out of the committee (it’s generally considered a good idea to have at least one crossover vote), she is then voted on by the | Read More »
Perhaps the White House doesn’t *want* Sotomayor confirmed.
Look who they’ve farmed the prep work off on: Cynthia Hogan, chief counsel to Vice President Biden, will lead the White House team, with assistance from several other Biden aides. Former Obama campaign adviser and transition spokeswoman Stephanie Cutter will handle message and communications, two administration officials tell CNN. The vice president, a veteran of Supreme Court nominations from his time on the Judiciary Committee, | Read More »
Quote of the Day, Supreme Court edition.
Via Hot Air Headlines: “Conservatives itching for SCOTUS fight.” Remove the snide tone (which, to be fair, is much less than usual), and this Politico article pretty much sums up the GOP base’s attitude: it’s time to go waltzing Matilda. “The other side does not agonize about whether they are going to give a Republican Supreme Court nominee a difficult time, they just do it.” | Read More »
Obama yanking Granholm out of Michigan?
I note with some interest (via a post from The Other McCain) that there are some Democrats still out there that are apparently seriously contemplating supporting the nomination of Governor Jennifer Granholm to the Supreme Court. Granholm seen as possible fresh face DETROIT, May 17 (UPI) — Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm would provide a fresh perspective to the U.S. Supreme Court if she is nominated | Read More »