Shorter Ezra Klein: “But… But… Reagan’s Top Lawyer!”
Little Ezra Klein, the guy who once said people don’t care about the constitution because it’s like over a hundred years old, thinks he has found the rhetorical dagger to combat the fact that it seems very likely the Supreme Court will overturn the individual mandate. He’s joined by his fellow WashingtonPost hack, Greg Sargent.
You see, there’s this lawyer going around who says that the mandate is constitutional. His name is Charles Fried. Ezra Klein has suddenly become a huge fan. The reason Klein and Sargent are big fans is because this Fried guy was once the Solicitor General… under Ronald Reagan.
Their thinking goes like this: Conservatives love Reagan so they’d obviously think the mandate is constitutional if someone who worked under Reagan thinks it’s constitutional.
Stop laughing. I know it’s hilarious that they’re even trying this angle but they’re serious! Don’t make them feel bad.
It would be totally rude if we were to point out that someone else has a direct connection with Reagan, who is clearly more important than Charles Fried, and is clearly having issues with the whole concept of the government mandating that individuals must by a commercial product. It’s almost like the two Washington Post hacks didn’t know that Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia was appointed by Ronald Reagan. So was Justice Anthony Kennedy.
You know who wasn’t appointed to the Supreme Court by Ronald Reagan? Charles Fried.
You know whose name didn’t even get mentioned as a potential Supreme Court Justice during Reagan’s presidency? Charles Fried.
I wonder why.
UPDATE: Now Media Matters Senior Intern, Eric Boehlert, and ThinkProgress are promoting the “Reagan’s Top Lawyer” fallacy. It appears the idiot left thinks they’ve seized on a valid point. Of course, for the reasons I explain above, it’s moronic to use this angle.
UPDATE #2: Courtesy of James Taranto.
— James Taranto (@jamestaranto) March 29, 2012
That’s right, folks. “Reagan’s Top Lawyer”, the guy who was never considered by Reagan for a Supreme Court nomination, wrote an article titled “Obama Is Too Good For Us.” This is their ace in the hole.