GOP lawmakers: Obama is “threatening” and “intimidating” the Supreme Court

posted at 12:25 pm on April 3, 2012 by Tina Korbe

The president’s comments yesterday to the effect that it would be “unprecedented” for the Supreme Court to declare a law unconstitutional have aroused ire on both sides of the aisle — but some GOPers are going so far as to suggest the comments essentially amount to an attempt to intimidate the Supreme Court.

Mitt Romney didn’t outright say that — but he insinuated it.

Republican Mitt Romney wondered if Obama was trying to intimidate the court, but added that “I don’t think that would work.”

“I also think it’s quite a curious turn of events to start complaining about an activist court,” Romney also told Fox News.

Texas Republican Lamar Smith had harsh words for the president in an interview with Fox News Radio.

“I am very disappointed by our President,” Smith told FOX News Radio. “That comes very close to trying to intimidate the Supreme Court of the United States and I’m not sure that’s appropriate,” he added.

Smith said the nine justices should be able to reach a conclusion without the “interference” of the president.

“It is not unprecedented at all for the Supreme Court to declare a law unconstitutional, they do that on a regular basis so it’s not unprecedented at all,” Smith told FOX Radio. “What is unprecedented is for the President of the United States trying to intimidate the Supreme Court.

“He should not be in any shape, form threatening the Supreme Court and making statements that are inappropriate or deemed trying to intimidate the Supreme Court.”

Nebraska Republican Sen. Mike Johanns spoke in a similar vein in an interview with local Nebraska radio station KLIN.

Speaking a day after Obama said the high court would uphold the law, including the so-called “individual mandate,” Johanns accused Obama of “threatening” and “intimidating” the court.

“What President Obama is doing here isn’t right,” Johanns said Tuesday in an interview with local Nebraska radio station KLIN.  “It is threatening, it is intimidating.”

In the same interview, Johanns said through the healthcare reform legislation, Obama was wielding an unprecedented level of power.

“What is the president saying is that he’s saying look, I get to decide what’s right and wrong for every individual in this country through the individual mandate and there is no judicial review. The courts can’t interfere with my power. Well what a second here, that turns upside-down over two hundred years of precedent.”

Utah Republican Sen. Orrin Hatch echoed Romney, Smith and Johanns in an irritated statement against the president’s remarks:

Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, said “it must be nice living in a fantasy world where every law you like is constitutional and every Supreme Court decision you don’t is ‘activist.’” He also said it appears that Obama’s comments are part of a political strategy.

“The memo appears to have gone out from the president’s campaign that criticizing the Supreme Court is going to help his re-election,” Hatch said. “This is disappointing, and is likely to be as successful as his administration’s defense of the unconstitutional health care law last week.”

Obama’s comments seemed less “threatening” or “intimidating” to me than shockingly ignorant. He truly thinks it would be unprecedented for the Supreme Court to declare a law unconstitutional? But the courts have been doing that since the 1803 case of Marbury v. Madison!

It’s not troubling to think the SCOTUS could declare Obamacare unconstitutional, but it is troubling the vote will likely fall along partisan lines. Questions of constitutionality just shouldn’t. It is possible, after all, to simultaneously think the individual mandate is good policy and unconstitutional or, conversely, bad policy and constitutional. The Supremes gave the question of constitutionality serious consideration in last week’s hearings, but a 5-4 vote will give the impression that one half of the Supreme Court is activist. It’s of vital importance that this unelected group of nine justices see it as their responsibility to decide the question before them and not the general question of whether Obamacare is right for America.


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I note some of you upthread assert the President is totally in the wrong for doing this.

I say, HE GETS AWAY WITH IT!

It’s not like Boehner or McConnell are out there setting any records straight, Some of the guys running for office are taking him on but tis not the same to the lying Lamestream.

Obama’s preaching to the stupid people in this country. I got a bridge to sell anyone ain’t figured it out yet.

Until the Republicans fight back, embark on a campaign to quash this behavior, they win!

Obama’s doing what Obama’s gotta do is all. It’s the other side sitting around sniffing with finger up our noses.

patfish on April 3, 2012 at 5:14 PM

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Heh, as if any on your side care. You are stupid but funny, due to illogical inability to be objective. Try to see things from above, just once. I have criticized Mitt a million times, and you too. That’s a form of objectivity. Look it up.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:14 PM

Sure as a sunrise Obama’s plant in the Supreme Court spilled her guts and told him it was going down. Rush did a good job today explaining the wording that Obama used.

mixplix on April 3, 2012 at 5:15 PM

He just does not even care what the other side has to say. All he cares about is legislating from the bench using right wing agenda.

To h#ll with other opinions. He is a disgrace to the integrity of the court.

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM

You do realize that striking down a law, as opposed to creating law out of whole cloth, is the exact opposite of legislating from the bench?

Ok, that was a rhetorical question…it’s pretty obvious you have no clue about this, or anything else for that matter. Again, please continue…this is better than the Comedy Channel.

Erich66 on April 3, 2012 at 5:16 PM

Scalia is the worst of them all on the political court.

He just does not even care what the other side has to say. All he cares about is legislating from the bench using right wing agenda.

To h#ll with other opinions. He is a disgrace to the integrity of the court.

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Good.

Chuck Schick on April 3, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Scalia a skulldaggery activist thug judge

0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 3, 2012 at 4:41 PM

I’m shocked that you haven’t said that about Judge Thomas.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:17 PM

Can we start impeachment of this SCFOAMF yet?

ChuckTX on April 3, 2012 at 5:18 PM

why do you guys hate the 1st amendment?

DBear on April 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

He is a disgrace to the integrity of the court.

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM

He isn’t, but you are. Your ignorance is blatant. You reek of it.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

why do you guys hate the 1st amendment?

DBear on April 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

We don’t, but your cohorts do, with Obama at the top.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:21 PM

This is getting downright awesome:

(CBS News) In the escalating battle between the administration and the judiciary, a federal appeals court apparently is calling the president’s bluff — ordering the Justice Department to answer by Thursday whether the Obama Administration believes that the courts have the right to strike down a federal law, according to a lawyer who was in the courtroom.

The order, by a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, appears to be in direct response to the president’s comments yesterday about the Supreme Court’s review of the health care law. Mr. Obama all but threw down the gauntlet with the justices, saying he was “confident” the Court would 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.”

Overturning a law of course would not be unprecedented — since the Supreme Court since 1803 has asserted the power to strike down laws it interprets as unconstitutional. The three-judge appellate court appears to be asking the administration to admit that basic premise — despite the president’s remarks that implied the contrary. The panel ordered the Justice Department to submit a three-page, single-spaced letter by noon Thursday addressing whether the Executive Branch believes courts have such power, the lawyer said.

I guess Barry will have to dust off those untenured part-time law school lecturer bonafides. He’s got homework now.

Chuck Schick on April 3, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Does Obama really think his Alinsky polarization tactics will work against the court?

In any case, as someone pointed out a few days ago, if there’s any justice, we’ll be reading the first paragraph, “Clarence Thomas, writing for the majority…”

Dave in San Diego on April 3, 2012 at 5:21 PM

l4l, I bet all I own that you have no clue what “judicial activism” means.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:22 PM

why do you guys hate the 1st amendment?

DBear on April 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Really?

Chuck Schick on April 3, 2012 at 5:22 PM

why do you guys hate the 1st amendment?

DBear on April 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

It has nothing to do with the First Amendment. It is inappropriate not to mention the fact that Obama is telling a flat-out lie.

Resist We Much on April 3, 2012 at 5:25 PM

Chuck Schick on April 3, 2012 at 5:21 PM

Heh, King Obama will fire all the judges who disagree with him, and his stupid minions.

It’s a funny time to be alive.

Hey media, most of you, YOU are the biggest fools. He pulled the wool over your heads and you don’t know how to get out of his azz.

Suffocate in there, for dereliction of duty, you morons.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:26 PM

It has nothing to do with the First Amendment. It is inappropriate not to mention the fact that Obama is telling a flat-out lie.

Resist We Much on April 3, 2012 at 5:25 PM

It is also not presidential but then he is Goon of the Circus.

Such there never was, and hopefully never will be, unless the U.S. voters have most all gone bonkers and love to be laughed at by the rest of the world. In such a case they deserve him, fully.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:27 PM

Scalia is the worst of them all on the political court.

He just does not even care what the other side has to say. All he cares about is legislating from the bench using right wing agenda.

To h#ll with other opinions. He is a disgrace to the integrity of the court.

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Has anyone ever told you that you are weapons grade stupid?

Do you know that Justices Scalia and Ginsburg are very good friends?

Resist We Much on April 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM

why do you guys hate the 1st amendment?

DBear on April 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

300+ comments and you’re asking this question?

BTW, in case you need a reminder, the First Amendment states that “Congress shall make no law…abridging the freedom of speech.” I’d love to know what this has to do with a thread on HA.

Erich66 on April 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM

why do you guys hate the 1st amendment?

DBear on April 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Why do you hate making sense?

DrSteve on April 3, 2012 at 5:30 PM

Has anyone ever told you that you are weapons grade stupid?

Resist We Much on April 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM

Now that’s choice. I may have to steal that comment from you.

Erich66 on April 3, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Ignorance is thinking that 0bama is ignorant, rather than an evil master manipulator.

That is his power. The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.

LegendHasIt on April 3, 2012 at 3:34 PM

Great Legend,

The greatest trick that 0bama, the charlatan, with his accomplices in the media, ever pulled was to make onservatives and libertarians think he was ignorant.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:32 PM

onservatives – conservatives

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:32 PM

Resist We Much on April 3, 2012 at 5:28 PM

She is a graduate of Rutgers, on taxpayers’ dole, with nothing to show for, a moocher, cheating her employer all day long, while wishing to become a looter.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM

The trolls are gathering, high-fiving, and preparing for a trollfest.

farsighted on April 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM

why do you guys hate the 1st amendment?

DBear on April 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Said as it and Barack Obama are screaming to have Rush Limbaugh imprisoned and taken off the air for criticizing Barack and his puppet Fluke.

Your Barack is inciting violence against the Supreme Court. You and your Barack have already called for the lynching of Supreme Court justices. Your Barack Obama Party and its OWS brownshirts are already committing acts of violence and attempted murder against police.

northdallasthirty on April 3, 2012 at 5:39 PM

Erich66 on April 3, 2012 at 5:31 PM

Have at it, my friend.

Resist We Much on April 3, 2012 at 5:40 PM

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Then that’s even worse. An committed member to an an bankrupt and proven failed ideology.

Stupidity and ignorance can be solved through learning…can’t change the mind of a committed hack.

BlaxPac on April 3, 2012 at 5:40 PM

northdallasthirty on April 3, 2012 at 5:39 PM

You racist rube, you, don’t you know that the 1st Amendment only applies to lefties?

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:41 PM

She is a graduate of Rutgers,

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Don’t tell me. Womyn’s Studies.

Resist We Much on April 3, 2012 at 5:42 PM

BlaxPac on April 3, 2012 at 5:40 PM

But you can starve them.

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:42 PM

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:42 PM

No need. Darwinism will always take care of that.

BlaxPac on April 3, 2012 at 5:47 PM

Wonder how many justices the Kenyan will get to appoint next term? Should be fun!

KeninCT on April 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Wonder how many justices the Kenyan Keynesian will get to appoint next term? Should be fun!

KeninCT on April 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Come on Ken try and keep up.

Dr Evil on April 3, 2012 at 5:58 PM

KeninCT on April 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Funny. So your a college student & a racist too.

BlaxPac on April 3, 2012 at 6:07 PM

Wonder how many justices the Kenyan will get to appoint next term? Should be fun!
KeninCT on April 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM

None. If he gets another term he will be “more flexible” in being able to disband it completely

LegendHasIt on April 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

Wonder how many justices the Kenyan will get to appoint next term? Should be fun!

KeninCT on April 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM

You had better start praying for them to die. Kennedy has said that he will not even think about retiring until after the November election. Roberts, Thomas, and Alito aren’t going anywhere. That leaves Scalia and he is still relatively young as Supreme Court justices go.

Resist We Much on April 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

She is a graduate of Rutgers,

Schadenfreude on April 3, 2012 at 5:35 PM

Don’t tell me. Womyn’s Studies.

Resist We Much on April 3, 2012 at 5:42 PM

ACORN staffer.

slickwillie2001 on April 3, 2012 at 6:11 PM

Wonder how many justices the Kenyan will get to appoint next term? Should be fun!

KeninCT on April 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM

Oh, and one more monkey wrench for ya!

In 2012, Dems have to defend 23 seats in the Senate.

In 2014, Dems have to defend 21 seats in the Senate.

Resist We Much on April 3, 2012 at 6:12 PM

You had better start praying for them to die. Kennedy has said that he will not even think about retiring until after the November election. Roberts, Thomas, and Alito aren’t going anywhere. That leaves Scalia and he is still relatively young as Supreme Court justices go.

Resist We Much on April 3, 2012 at 6:10 PM

I got a feeling they’ll *all* are gonna be on strict diets and excises if he did get a 2nd term…

BlaxPac on April 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM

why do you guys hate the 1st amendment?

DBear on April 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM

Why do you guys Hate the Rule of Law?

PS, please define “Judicial Activism” for our amusement.

Del Dolemonte on April 3, 2012 at 6:16 PM

Wonder how many Activist justices the Kenyan will get to appoint next term? Should be fun!

NASCARinCT on April 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM

FIFY

Please define “Judicial Activism” for us.

Del Dolemonte on April 3, 2012 at 6:19 PM

I got a feeling they’ll *all* are gonna be on strict diets and excises if he did get a 2nd term…

BlaxPac on April 3, 2012 at 6:15 PM

You know it!

Resist We Much on April 3, 2012 at 6:40 PM

threatening and intimidating? Mommy jeans couldn’t intimidate a fruit fly. Nice throwing motion there, champ!

Huckabye-Romney on April 3, 2012 at 6:49 PM

Republican Mitt Romney wondered if Obama was trying to intimidate the court, but added that “I don’t think that would work.”

Sigh. Why must he be so damned timid? So circumspect. That’s not the mark of a leader.

dukecitygirl on April 3, 2012 at 7:41 PM

whats wrong with that?
We dont have a supreme court anymore.
What we have is a GOP court
liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 12:31 PM

You don’t have health insurance? Talk to the GOP court also known as the supreme court.
liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 12:36 PM

I’m one of the newbies here and read many, many of the blogs and comments, and this person strikes me as an ass… i think it just posts this horse crap to get the comments from everyone else.. must make it feel important.. just my humble opinion..

vamp57mw on April 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

The affirmative action community organizer is threatening the Supreme Court of the United States. Oooooooo, Roberts must be shaking in his boots. At least he’s finally shown his true colors.

Jack Burton on April 3, 2012 at 7:49 PM

…this person strikes me as an ass… i think it just posts this horse crap to get the comments from everyone else.. must make it feel important.. just my humble opinion..

vamp57mw on April 3, 2012 at 7:43 PM

What you have observed and described, quite accurately, is a troll doing what trolls do, trolling.

farsighted on April 3, 2012 at 8:01 PM

I see the usual collection of Obama worshiping bootlickers are here, and all doubling down on hating the third branch of government for doing it’s job..

Reigning in a tyrant..

KeninCT on April 3, 2012 at 5:55 PM
DBear on April 3, 2012 at 5:20 PM
liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM
0bamaderangementsyndrom on April 3, 2012 at 4:41 PM

Amazing,…

So much rage focused on proping up Obama’s lie filled speech,.. one which even classic liberals are shocked at.. Liberals who understand how government, our government functions.. Obama and his trolls work under the delusion, if he wants it, why.. it must be legal, has to be Constitutional .. because,.. they want it.. and nobody tells Obama no… .. because that makes the Won angry.. and you don’t wanna do that..

He might tell a national audience you hate people and want them to eat tainted food, drink dirty water, have no doctor, live in abject poverty and die in misery.. he might do th—-

oh wait…

Obama has jumped the shark so badly here, even the left is faceplaming at his extremist language.. His attempt to smear is so clownishly stupid, so over the top.. nobody believes it except the inbreds on the left who already decided that conservatives were subhuman decades ago.. so he’s making no converts here, except to join the opposition to this would be dictator.. at the least would be… just plain dick..

mark81150 on April 3, 2012 at 8:02 PM

I should resist jabbing the trolls.. but some itchs are too fun to scratch to wanna stop..

and they are such perfect negative examples of the worst leftwinger stereotype. Every living progressive should weep that these clowns represent them in public..

the dirty secret is, few do..

because they are pretty close to being the standard rank and file progressive, they are simply that dimwitted. All close minded intolerant zealots are.

mark81150 on April 3, 2012 at 8:08 PM

liberal4life on April 3, 2012 at 5:06 PM

Proving again, for any newcomers that’ve missed it, exactly what an ignorant crapweasel your really are.

Midas on April 3, 2012 at 8:22 PM

…so he’s making no converts here…

mark81150 on April 3, 2012 at 8:02 PM

Actually, he’s converting many of us from the “ah, those silly liberals – they just don’t realize how uninformed they are” position to the “ah, those liberals – we’re going to have to eradicate them if we want to survive” position.

Midas on April 3, 2012 at 8:25 PM

… and they are such perfect negative examples of the worst leftwinger stereotype… because they are pretty close to being the standard rank and file progressive

That’s my experience. Most libs are all about stereotyping anyone to their right politically.

They repeat the same things the Hollywood crowd, TV celebrities, and the left wing television talk show crowd say every day.

In bastions of liberalism like NYC, Chicago, and SF it is what your basic ordinary man-on-the-street liberal repeats wherever and whenever they socialize. Quickly exchanging the latest talking points and well established memes are like small talk. First talk about the weather and then exchange a few stereotype laced comments and the latest one liners about conservatives and Republicans. No thought is involved. It’s like exchanging gang signs, or like dogs sniffing one another when they meet. It’s tribal behavior.

farsighted on April 3, 2012 at 8:29 PM

a 5-4 vote will give the impression that one half of the Supreme Court is activist

The impression already is and if it’s ruled unconstitutional as it should be it’s the 4-side of that vote that will be seen as the activity half–well, to everyone but Opathetic and the libturds.

stukinIL4now on April 4, 2012 at 3:05 AM

It should be crystal clear, to every Voting American, In every Party,The Open Disdain & Hatred BHO, has for Our America.! He & His Alliances,those appointed or outside of government feel they have no bounders or limits, as to the levels of disregard & disrespect they may unleash on The Written Documents, That our Founding Fathers & Framers, so wisely Gifted this Nation. This behavior, conduct, actions & rhetoric By BHO & His, should without question or pause, say it all, Loud & Clear. They are not one of us, they never have been, nor will they ever be. They were delivered to this time & place in our History, By an Agenda of Betrayal & Fraud, so Deliberate, so calculated, This Diluting, Perverting, Molestation & Dismantling Attempts, of all that is Sacred in our America. Regardless of Religion or lack there of, Regardless of Beliefs or Philosophies, Regardless Color, Race or Creed, Regardless of Party or Affiliation, it is time for Epic Unity Of Our Masses, To Move Our America, up and out of this Abyss, Delivered to each & everyone of us & many generations that will follow. We must Vote out of Office BHO & His Alliances from our Federal Buildings & set in motion Americas climb out of the Abyss. America must have opportunity to position itself to Stabilize, to save itself & Resurrect Itself, for One & All, for the Many Generations, that will Follow.. Anti-Americanism, Marxism, Communism & Socialism must be Purged From Our Federal Buildings..

Jeff Johnson on April 4, 2012 at 12:26 PM

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