Shorter ‘Real Reporter’ Juan Williams: SCOTUS Better Rule For ObamaCare Or Else
It looks like ‘real reporter’ Juan Williams has gone ’round the bend. This morning, he has an opinion piece over at The Hill in which his argument seems to be that, unless SCOTUS rules in favor of ObamaCare, they will ruin their reputation, become irrelevant, and President Obama would then be 100% correct in attacking “the right-wing activism of the Roberts Court.” Here are some of the other arguments he made:
A CBS News/New York Times poll released last week shows most Americans already believe the ruling on healthcare reform will be based on justices’ personal and political views. According to the survey, 55 percent of Americans believe the justices’ political ties will play a role in the healthcare decision.
An earlier CBS/New York Times poll from this month found an overwhelming majority of Americans, 76 percent, said the personal and political views of the Supreme Court justices influence their decisions in all cases — not just healthcare. The same poll found that 60 percent of Americans now believe that lifetime appointments for Supreme Court justices are a “bad thing.”
Polling? Really, Juan? Is he really arguing that SCOTUS should rule on things based on public opinion? Yes, he sure did. But it gets worse. Even funnier is that he brings up lifetime appointments. We’ll skip the Article III defense and just say that the very argument he’s trying to make is why lifetime appointments are good. But he wasn’t done. He goes on to say this:
The Democrats have a nuclear option in this political game if the high court throws out the healthcare law as unconstitutional.
That blowup-the-system button, not pushed since FDR’s attempt to stack the court with Democrats during the New Deal, is for Obama to use the bully pulpit of the White House, and the national stage of a presidential campaign, to launch a bitter attack on the current court as a corrupt tool of the Republican right wing.
It is a move that could energize Democrats and independents even as Republicans celebrate a major legal victory.
Then he reinforces his argument with this:
The relevant point is that the court may do irreparable harm to its reputation with another highly political split between justices appointed by Democrats and justices appointed by Republicans. A 5-4 defeat of the healthcare law will erode trust in the justice system.
It will be another example of how polarization has poisoned our politics during the past decade.
You what Juan never brought up in that post? The fact that SCOTUS’ job isn’t to rule one way to avoid an attack from President Obama or politicians. It isn’t their job to rule based on what the majority of Americans think or rule to improve their public approval numbers. Their job? Is to rule whether or not something is Constitutional or not.
His entire argument is nothing more than a whiny attempt to excuse him and his friends from attacking SCOTUS if they don’t rule in their favor. This isn’t an ‘opinion piece’ at all, it’s a scolding lecture to SCOTUS that they better do what he wants them to. At no point in his entire post did he even entertain the idea the only thing SCOTUS should be worried is whether or not all or part of ObamaCare may be unconstitutional.
You know why? Because he doesn’t really care if it is or if it isn’t. He wants to them to hand a victory to the Obama Administration on this, and if they don’t? He wants to provide cover for the attacks that the left is going launch on them. Oh well, I guess Juan was just being, ya know, real…