During oral arguments Tuesday, Solicitor General Donald Verilli Jr. became part of the problem the White House is having with the Supreme Court. He sounded at times like he just heard Sunday that the individual mandate challenge going to be heard before the Supreme Court.
The White House was forced to say that Verrilli did a wonderful job, which no one seems to agree with. “He ably and skillfully represented the United States before the Supreme Court yesterday, and we have every confidence that he will continue to do so,” said White House Counsel Kathryn Ruemmler in response to a query from Politico.
Below is the entire oral argument, but you need listent to only the first minute or two to get a sense of the disaster that was unfolding.
Here’s an outtake where Verrilli actually gets laughed at.
I can sure sympathize with the pressure Verrilli was under. But, you know, I imagine he realized that being solicitor general, he’d end up on the spot now and then.