Because that’s the Chicago way.
President Obama Monday continued to the White House tactic – begun last week by Josh Earnest, and echoing tactics used during the last Obamacare case – of trying to bully the Supreme Court into siding with his position on Obamacare in a case that will be decided within days.
Obama spoke during a press conference in German at the end of the G-8.
What I can tell state leaders is, is that under well-established precedent, there is no reason why the existing exchanges should be overturned through a court case. It has been well documented that those who passed this legislation never intended for folks who were going through the federal exchange not to have their citizens get subsidies.
And under well-established statutory interpretation, approaches that have been repeatedly employed — not just by liberal, Democratic judges, but by conservative judges like some on the current Supreme Court — you interpret a statute based on what the intent and meaning and the overall structure of the statute provides for.
And so this should be an easy case. Frankly, it probably shouldn’t even have been taken up. And since we’re going to get a ruling pretty quick, I think it’s important for us to go ahead and assume that the Supreme Court is going to do what most legal scholars who’ve looked at this would expect them to do.
I’m optimistic that the Supreme Court will play it straight when it comes to the interpretation.
I’ve seen some headlines about Obama’s frustration boiling over and so forth. This has nothing to do with frustration. It’s a considered tactic designed to try to intimidate the Court into doing what the president wants. Note how he specifically targets not just the merits of the case, but goes straight after the Court, questioning why it even took the case and warning it to do the right thing, see? – thug style.
If George W. Bush did this, the media would be harrumphing about Separation of Powers and that the Constitution was about to crumble into pieces. But everyone knows Obama walks on water and is only sticking up for what’s right.
He does walk on water, you know. I saw it. He was on the fourth hole at Andrews last year and he drove his ball right into the pond, walked out, and retrieved it, without getting the least bit wet.
Now if God could only help him with his swing.