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Thursday, April 05, 2012

Hacks dressed up in black robes

NY Times columnist Maureen Dowd writes:
U.S. Supreme Court ... It has squandered even the semi-illusion that it is the unbiased, honest guardian of the Constitution. It is run by hacks dressed up in black robes.

All the fancy diplomas of the conservative majority cannot disguise the fact that its reasoning on the most important decisions affecting Americans seems shaped more by a political handbook than a legal brief.

Obama never should have waded into the health care thicket back when the economy was teetering. He should have listened to David Axelrod and Rahm Emanuel and not Michelle.

His failure from the start to sell his plan or even explain it is bizarre and self-destructive. And certainly he needs a more persuasive solicitor general.

Still, it was stunning to hear Antonin Scalia ...
Just the conservatives are political? Nearly every commentator, from the left or right, is predicting that the 4 Democrat supreme court appointees will vote to uphold the entire Obamacare bill on ideological grounds. Predictions about the 5 Republican appointees vary a great deal.

It was only 4 years ago that the supreme court invalidated a high-profile program of the G.W. Bush administration. ABC News reported in 2008:
In a stinging defeat for the Bush administration, the Supreme Court ruled today that detainees held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, have a constitutional right to challenge their detentions in federal court and that congressional legislation has failed to provide a reasonable substitute for such a hearing.

The ruling invalidates portions of the Military Commissions Act of 2006, which created military tribunals to hear the cases of those held at Guantanamo.

The decision was 5-4, with Justice Anthony Kennedy joining the four liberal justices on the court.

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