Longtime CBS Reporter Bill Plante bluntly told White House Press Secretary Jay Carney today that President Obama’s Supreme Court comments on Monday were an “obvious misspoken moment,” and that Carney was “standing up there twisting yourself in knots because he made a mistake, and you can’t admit it.”
Judge Napolitano has it exactly right here:
“I think the president is dangerously close to totalitarianism. A few months ago he was saying the Congress doesn’t count – the Congress doesn’t mean anything. I am going to rule by decree and by administrative regulation. Now he’s basically saying the Supreme Court doesn’t count. It doesn’t matter what they think. They can’t review our legislation. That would leave just him as the only branch of government standing. . . . This is an extreme view of the Supreme Court and the Constitution, one that has not been articulated since Andrew Jackson.”
I thought the Obama White House did not believe in the use of “torture?”
You’d never know that when you listen to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney’s “tortured” defense of Barack Obama’s indefensible intimidation remarks about the U.S. Supreme Court. Even some in the media are calling Obama and Carney out on it, as you will see in this confrontation between CBS News’ Norah O’Donnell and Jay Carney. Fox News’ Ed Henry gets in on the act as well. O’Donnell eventually kicks the supports out from under Carney’s teetering argument that everyone knows Obama meant it would be “unprecedented” for the High Court to overturn legislation pertaining to the “Commerce Clause”, ignoring precedent since the New Deal era of Franklin Roosevelt! After listening to Carney for a time, O’Donnell bluntly told him that Obama never said any of that in his original remarks – which is absolutely true. Obama is now trying to qualify, and back-peddle, but Carney’s tortured explanation simply makes no sense. But, then, what’s new about that where this President is concerned?
Here is audio of Rush Limbaugh yesterday commenting on President Obama’s attempt to intimidate the Supreme Court with his recent remarks on the High Court not taking the “unprecedented” step of striking down a law duly passed by Congress – such as ObamaCare.
Of course, it is not unprecedented for the court to undertake Judicial Review to determine the constitutionality of laws passed by Congress. Limbaugh said Obama said what he did because he is a “thug,” agreeing with a quote attributed to Bill Clinton by an associate back during the 2008 Campaign, when he also apparently called Obama a “Chicago thug.”