2nd April 2012
Link reblogged from ShortFormBlog with 67 notes
“I am confident that the supreme court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress,” Obama said.
The president chided Republicans for making “judicial activism” an election issue, by objecting to rulings ranging from the supreme court’s finding of a right to abortion to the recent striking down by federal judges of a referendum barring gay marriage in California, while pressing the judiciary to overturn the will of Congress.
“I’d just remind conservative commentators that, for years, what we have heard is, the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism, or a lack of judicial restraint, that an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law,” Obama said. “Well, this is a good example, and I’m pretty confident that this court will recognise that and not take that step.”
While the court is certainly not looking the best today, what with this decision and all, is it really Obama’s spot to say this? Then again, Obama does have a history of criticizing the court when it comes to unpopular cases.
It’s absolutely both his and Congress’ spot all the time to criticize the Court, because all three branches are supposed to voice opinions about the activities of the other two. It was one of the purposes of separation of powers: to make the different parts of the government compete with each other in the hopes that this would generate further thinking about public policy.
Besides, Obama’s comments were I think only tangentially aimed at SCOTUS and really are about Republicans.