After being momentarily gobsmacked by the strength of the anti-ObamaCare arguments at the Supreme Court last week, supporters of the legislation are fighting back — including the president.
Yesterday, Barack Obama made the tautological assertion that “I am confident the bill will be upheld because it should be upheld,” which almost seemed to threaten the court if it disagrees with his contention.
Referring to the nine justices unnervingly as an “unelected group of people,” he then said he was certain “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.”
Leaving aside the fact that a 219-212 vote in the House hardly constitutes a “strong majority,” the Obama assertion that it would be unprecedented for the court to find a piece of legislation unconstitutional suggests Professor Obama must have been a pretty lousy constitutional law teacher. Since 1803, the central task of the Supreme Court has been to act as a check on legislation it deems unconstitutional.
But his words are of a piece with the Democratic line that emerged after liberals took their medication following last week’s nervous breakdown and settled down for a political battle.