Chief Justice Roberts: “It seems to me the federal government just doesn’t want to know who’s here illegally.” If that’s all you heard about today’s Arizona Immigration Law (SB1070) oral arguments, I think you might be able to draw the conclusion it was not a good day for the Solicitor General before the Supreme Court. Sadly, for Donald B. Verrilli Jr., resistance came from both ends of the ideological spectrum.
Drudge has been running the headline since yesterday – DID HE GET A LEAK? OBAMA TAKES SHOT AT COURT – and news outlets Left, Right, and Center have been scrambling to make sense of the president’s pointed remarks. So, what should we make of the nation’s Chief Executive mean saying he was “confident that 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?”
New York Senator Chuck Schumer made yet another appearance on Meet the Press Sunday morning. I think this guy’s vying for the John McCain Meet the Press Lifetime Achievement Award. It’s beginning to seem like he’s there more than he’s not. I mean, I know why the networks like him (he makes headlines), I know why he likes making appearances (he likes hearing himself talk), and I know why Democrats like having him serve as a spokesman for the party (half-truths and distortions are the closest thing they have to an ideology); but what I can’t figure out is why anyone watching would thing his brand of politics is even remotely appealing. But I digress.
Rick Santorum’s going to have a field day with this. White House Senior Adviser David Plouffe on Meet the Press with David Gregory. “By the way, Mitt Romney is the Godfather of our health care plan. If he’s president. Remarkably, he’s running away from that past and he’s going to try to throw all of it away. We’re going to have a big fight about health care again. We know we have to do this for our economy, for our deficits, for the health and safety of the American People.”
Congresswoman Michele Bachmann (R-MN) made an appearance on This Week with George Stephanopoulos Sunday and was asked to weigh in on a host of issues ranging from the state of the Republican presidential field to the Supreme Court’s hearing oral arguments this week on the constitutionality of ObamaCare. The interview opened with a reference to the previous guest, White House adviser David Plouffe, who said Former Speaker Gingrich’s comments regarding the Trayvon Martin shooting were irresponsible and desperate… but then went on to take precisely the same position as Newt that regardless of race, all life if valued under the law. Bachmann begins her remarks by reminding Mr. Stephanopoulos that he failed to point that out to his Lefty cohort.
The Supreme Court of the United States weighing in on the constitutionality of ObamaCare. Most important Supreme Court decision in a decade? Probably, but only because Bush v. Gore was just outside the threshold. Can you even begin to imagine what an Al Gore presidency would have looked like? Most important Supreme Court decision for the next decade? Absolutely. No wonder people are crawling over one another to get a seat in the room for oral arguments.
Arizona Senator John McCain told Jake Tapper that “Ignorance and Naivete” of the Supreme Court in Citizens United is to blame for negative campaign. “I don’t think I’ve seen one that was as personal and characterized by so many attacks as these are. And frankly, one of the reasons is, the Super PAC’s. And why do we have the Super PAC’s? Because of the ignorance and naivete of the United States Supreme Court in the Citizens United campaign.”