Take to the fainting couches! Obama criticized the Court!

(Apologies to someone – I grabbed this Daily Kos link from a blogfriend and have now lost track. So whoever put this up before me, thanks. Nice catch.)

Sen Mitch McConnell now:

“The president crossed a dangerous line this week,” read McConnell’s prepared remarks. “And anyone who cares about liberty needs to call him out on it. The independence of the court must be defended.” […]

So, some ‘reporters’ decided to visit the way back machine to see just where this ‘line’ not to be crossed falls.

Candidate Ronald Reagan then:

… campaigning in Birmingham, Ala., Thursday, Reagan blasted the court’s most recent abortion ruling as “an abuse of power as bad as the transgression of Watergate and the bribery on Capitol Hill.” …

Reagan administration then:

Attorney General William French Smith accused the federal courts of “constitutionally dubious and unwise intrusions upon the legislative domain,” and vowed to oppose such “subjective judicial policymaking.” […]

President George W. Bush then:

For the judiciary, resisting this temptation is particularly important, because it’s the only branch that is unelected and whose officers serve for life. Unfortunately, some judges give in to temptation and make law instead of interpreting. Such judicial lawlessness is a threat to our democracy—and it needs to stop.

And oh yeah, the good Senator had few words back then too (about the Schiavo case):

MCCONNELL: I don’t know. These are findings of fact that presumably the court, had it looked at it de novo from the beginning, which is what we granted the federal courts the authority to do, could have taken into account

[Between the lines – the Court overstepped ‘what we granted the federal courts the authority to do’?].

(there’s more at the link from lesser lights.)

8 responses to “Take to the fainting couches! Obama criticized the Court!

  1. He, he, he…..

    VERY Good reminder Moe!


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  3. Perhaps, the mannequin of Congress needs to read your blog before he speaks again 🙂


  4. The whole thing seem overblown to me. Clearly the same people who gripe about an activist judiciary seem to want on to strike down the dreaded Obamacare. I think the President was just making that point.

    I will concede though that the Commander in Chief should perhaps be more cautious in what he says about the SCOTUS overstepping it bounds than a blogger or even a member of Congress.

    I don’t their is really an issue unless the President indicated he intended to do something about his disagreement that would endanger the indepedence of the court. I can’t see any indications that Obama and Biden intend to go to the court with troops and round up the Justices that did vote their way. I don’t think his statement did or should intimidate the court.


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