By Dave Andrusko
For the last post of the day, I will be very brief, even though the topic is very important. This short story folds two ideas together.
The first is the campaign of Obama’s supporters (building on the President’s own brief but ominous comments of a few weeks ago) to insist that it would be just short of criminal for the Supreme Court to throw out some/much/all of ObamaCare. At the very least (as several commentators have argued with incredible hyperbole), it would be “judicial activism” if not an attempt to repeal the New Deal!
This is dangerous stuff. It is an attempt at rank intimidation of the judiciary, a step Obama obliquely took after the Solicitor General floundered in front of the Supreme Court, trying in vain to explain why ObamaCare’s key provisions are constitutional.
The other is a story that appeared this week in POLITICO, tongue-in-cheek headlined, “Dems wait by phone for Obama.” The gist is that Obama is as disengaged as ever from the crucial issues. (“He doesn’t call. He doesn’t write. He doesn’t drop by for a visit,” writes Manu Raju facetiously.)
That includes paying very little attention not only to Republicans (he’s never had much use for working with Republicans—as he famously said early on, “I won”) but also increasingly to the most senior Democrats in Congress.
My point is a simple one. It has been all about Obama from the get-go. When it appears he might not get his way (the Justices could make a real dent in ObamaCare), he demagogues.
When there is not an immediate payoff for him, he often leaves members of his own party twisting in the wind.
What a guy.