Video: Lefty law prof tired of MSNBC mindlessly bashing the Roberts Court as pro-corporation

posted at 7:26 pm on June 30, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via Newsbusters, not just any lefty law prof either. This is Laurence Tribe, known for his treatise on constitutional law and for having taught, among others at Harvard Law, Barack Obama and John Roberts. Like Jonathan Turley, he’s a scholar, a man of the left, and someone who doubtless agrees with O on the issues more often than not but who evidently can stand only so much partisan hackery in service to the cause. For Turley, that means challenging former critics of executive power on why they’re okay with Obama behaving more unilaterally than Bush did. For Tribe, it means politely resisting MSNBC’s heavy-handed attempt to shoehorn an election-ready narrative about corporations run amok into the Hobby Lobby decision. This wasn’t really a case about corporations, Tribe explains, it was a case about the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, a statute championed by Ted Kennedy and which reinforced religious exercise rights for all private actors, individual or corporate (or union). I’ll leave you to judge for yourself why he feels obliged to push back. Maybe it’s the pedagogical impulse at work, maybe it’s a “know your enemy” sort of thing, or maybe it’s as simple as him not wanting to see a former pupil maligned (especially one who, as Tribe predicted, came through for liberals on ObamaCare). Or maybe, like the rest of us, he spent five minutes today on social media or on cable TV and came away wanting to barf from the sheer amount of lefty drool he ingested on the “war on women” and “corporations versus people” and other fundraiser-friendly catchphrases for the midterms.

In lieu of an exit question, go read Ace speculating on another reason the left’s so agitated by the thought of corporate rights. Do they really disagree with Mitt Romney that “corporations are people,” or do they think they’re just not the right kind of people?


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It appears that even lefties can swallow only so much BULLSHIT before they start gagging.

GarandFan on June 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Good for him…

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 7:30 PM

Video: Lefty law prof tired of MSNBC mindlessly bashing the Roberts Court as pro-corporation

The Obama administration itself is aggressively pro-corporation.
Because the mega-wealthy tend to be Democrats.
Small-business owners tend to be GOP.

itsnotaboutme on June 30, 2014 at 7:32 PM

Tribe’s been right a few times in the past. He’s still a dedicated leftist, but he’s apparently got at least a shred of intellectual integrity.

Remember, he also bashed Sotomayor as being of sub-par intellect.

Good Solid B-Plus on June 30, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Hey Professor, a question: What final grade did you give the Great Constitutional Law Scholar that is currently ruining…I mean, running the country?

I’m joking of course…I meant ruining.

BlaxPac on June 30, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Larry Tribe is the one who told his fellow progressives that if they didn’t like the 2nd Amendment, repeal it, because it absolutely guaranteed an individual right to bear arms.

Nexialist on June 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Video: Lefty law prof tired of MSNBC mindlessly bashing the Roberts Court as pro-corporation

…it’s Tribe!….Cripes!…They have a problem!

JugEarsButtHurt on June 30, 2014 at 7:39 PM

BlaxPac on June 30, 2014 at 7:35 PM

Harvard implemented a special affirmative action grading system just for Barky: he was awarded the grade of “Present” in each class — whether he attended or not …

ShainS on June 30, 2014 at 7:42 PM

There were predictions that Sotomayor was such a lightweight intellectually that she might be able to be persuaded by some of the more intellectual heavy hitters on the court over time. Interesting of Tribe to note that as a disturbing trend.

txmomof6 on June 30, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Laurence Tribe, known for his treatise on constitutional law and for having taught, among others at Harvard Law, Barack Obama…

Larry Tribe is the one who told his fellow progressives that if they didn’t like the 2nd Amendment, repeal it, because it absolutely guaranteed an individual right to bear arms.

Nexialist on June 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Maybe, like a good Lefty, Tribe is just trying to change the subject — get the negative focus off the screaming Left, which is an interesting and political tactic (that protects Left govt.).

Given his ‘attitude’ about the 2nd Amendment — what “Nexialist” stated, above quoted, what hope is there for such a mind that’d reason that way while “instructing” others in “Constitutional law”?

I’m out of patience with the Left, especially these “Lefty law experts”. Obama didn’t crawl from a cave in a hillside, someone instructed him in his terrible notions as to “the law”.

Lourdes on June 30, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Now if the good professor would just get BHO to brush up on the Constitution’s Separation of Powers . . .

ugottabekiddingme on June 30, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Laurence Tribe, known for his treatise on constitutional law and for having taught, among others at Harvard Law, Barack Obama…

Larry Tribe is the one who told his fellow progressives that if they didn’t like the 2nd Amendment, repeal it, because it absolutely guaranteed an individual right to bear arms.

Nexialist on June 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Maybe, like a good Lefty, Tribe is just trying to change the subject — get the negative focus off the screaming Left, which is an interesting and political tactic (that protects Left govt.).

Given his ‘attitude’ about the 2nd Amendment — what “Nexialist” stated, above quoted, what hope is there for such a mind that’d reason that way while “instructing” others in “Constitutional law”?

I’m out of patience with the Left, especially these “Lefty law experts”. Obama didn’t crawl from a cave in a hillside, someone instructed him in his terrible notions as to “the law”.

Lourdes on June 30, 2014 at 7:45 PM

Harvard implemented a special affirmative action grading system just for Barky: he was awarded the grade of “Present” in each class — whether he attended or not …

ShainS on June 30, 2014 at 7:42 PM

Another reason I’m proud to say that I never attended Harvard.

Although, compared to some of the other Ivy League fever swamps it probably could be considered a Conservative bastion nowadays.

BlaxPac on June 30, 2014 at 7:45 PM

US contraceptive mandate
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‘The constitutional lawyer in the Oval Office disagrees’ with Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says – live video

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Apparently even some Leftists tire of their side’s constant, simplistic, asinine demagoguery.

changer1701 on June 30, 2014 at 7:47 PM

Speaking of Hopey The Constitutional Lawyer:

Barack Obama Lectures on Constituonal Law
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http://www.scribd.com/doc/13516100/Barack-Obama-Lectures-on-Constituonal-Law

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 7:49 PM

HilKilRod is DeSturbed:

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Hillary Clinton on Hobby Lobby decision: ‘I find it deeply disturbing that we are going in that direction’ – @ZekeJMiller
End of alert

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 7:51 PM

anyone else having issues with site over last hour? have to use IE to access.
chrome and firefox won’t finish loading a page

dmacleo on June 30, 2014 at 7:52 PM

‘The constitutional lawyer in the Oval Office disagrees’ with Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says – live video

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Isn’t that the same constitutional lawyer who has lost 13 unanimous SCOTUS rulings over his executive power overreach?

Athos on June 30, 2014 at 7:53 PM

For Tribe, it means politely resisting MSNBC’s heavy-handed attempt to shoehorn an election-ready narrative about corporations run amok into the Hobby Lobby decision. This wasn’t really a case about corporations,
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If they,..the Left have an axe to grind with Corporations,
then why the angle of the VA nominee from a corporation then!

The Associated Press @AP · Jun 29

BREAKING: Obama selects former Procter and Gamble executive Robert McDonald to head Veterans Affairs

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 7:59 PM

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Isn’t that the same constitutional lawyer who has lost 13 unanimous SCOTUS rulings over his executive power overreach?

Athos on June 30, 2014 at 7:53 PM

Athos: The Same:)

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

dmacleo on June 30, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Posting my 7:42 PM comment resulted in the site hanging for 2 – 3 minutes before finally responding (using FireFox 30.0).

Been okay since …

ShainS on June 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

‘The constitutional lawyer in the Oval Office disagrees’ with Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says – live video

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 7:46 PM

Next up from Jalalabad Josh:

“The constitutional lawyer in the Oval Office can invoke any legislative and judicial power he wants, as long as he gives back that power when he leaves office.

It’s how he interprets the Borrowing Clause of the Constitution …”

ShainS on June 30, 2014 at 8:03 PM

OutRageous OutRagey:

http://www.breakingnews.com/topic/obama-health-care-law/

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House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., on the Hobby Lobby decision: ‘Today, the Supreme Court took an outrageous step against the rights of America’s women’ – @frankthorpNBC
End of alert

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 8:03 PM

Test…

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 8:04 PM

anyone else having issues with site over last hour? have to use IE to access.
chrome and firefox won’t finish loading a page

dmacleo on June 30, 2014 at 7:52 PM

Nope. FF working fine for me…

OmahaConservative on June 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM

Woman in Jeopardy, and InTruders:
=================================

US contraceptive mandate
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Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., on Hobby Lobby decision: ‘Today’s decision jeopardizes women’s access to essential health care.

Employers have no business intruding in the private health care decisions women make with their doctors’ – via @NBCNews

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 8:05 PM

ConCerned DeePly:
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DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Hobby Lobby decision: ‘I am disappointed and deeply concerned by the Supreme Court’s decision today in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby’ – @TheDemocrats
Read more on democrats.org

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 8:06 PM

You Shall Not Pass and Trample:

US contraceptive mandate
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Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., on Hobby Lobby decision: ‘Today’s Supreme Court decision makes clear that the Obama administration cannot trample on the religious freedoms that Americans hold dear’ – via @NBCNews

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 8:07 PM

The left hears the word “corporation” and they go nutso.

Sure, a number of people on the right hear the word “government” and go similarly berserk.

Neither side has a monopoly on jerking knees.

SteveMG on June 30, 2014 at 8:08 PM

#quityourcorporatejob_cashinyour401ks_standbehindyourconstantcorporationbashing_#ohanditsallReagan’sfault

That about cover it?

can_con on June 30, 2014 at 8:08 PM

anyone else having issues with site over last hour? have to use IE to access.
chrome and firefox won’t finish loading a page

dmacleo on June 30, 2014 at 7:52 PM

If you’re looking for another alternate Free browser, I suggest Comodo Ice Dragon especially after the whole Mozilla mess from earlier this year.

It IS based on the FF platform, so it will look familiar, but its rated to be a smaller footprint (read: HD space & system resources) and even more secure (if you add the Internet Security Pack)…been using it for a few months, and it’s not too bad IMHO.

I’m still monitoring reviews from Security sites, but it’s a better backup browser than Chrome (Why give Google any MORE information) and definitely than the clunky IE 9-13…lol

BlaxPac on June 30, 2014 at 8:11 PM

The left thinks corporations are some strange entity that are void of human beings. Only idiot liberals don’t realize corporations are citizens. It’s like they think once you form a corporation or start a business you cease to have any rights as a citizen. Effing morons!!

The Notorious G.O.P on June 30, 2014 at 8:16 PM

BlaxPac on June 30, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Hmmm…thanks. It looks pretty good so far. But it didn’t import my bookmarks.

I have been using Pale Moon since the Mozilla face plant. The only thing about it that I miss from Firefox is it doesn’t have the option to start up where the last session ended.

I will play with Ice dragon and use it for a backup to Pale Moon.

cozmo on June 30, 2014 at 8:25 PM

Posting my 7:42 PM comment resulted in the site hanging for 2 – 3 minutes before finally responding (using FireFox 30.0).

Been okay since …

ShainS on June 30, 2014 at 8:00 PM

mush have a bad edge router or something in the chanin, use IE which loads async differetnly and its ok….except its IE.
ff/chrome will never load.
started about 630pm est for me was fine all day

dmacleo on June 30, 2014 at 8:31 PM

wow my spelling on IE sucks, sorry about that

dmacleo on June 30, 2014 at 8:31 PM

dmacleo on June 30, 2014 at 8:31 PM

I didn’t notice any change in your spelling.

Looks like it always does.

cozmo on June 30, 2014 at 8:34 PM

I’m out of patience with the Left, especially these “Lefty law experts”. Obama didn’t crawl from a cave in a hillside, someone instructed him in his terrible notions as to “the law”.

Lourdes on June 30, 2014 at 7:44 PM

He’s the messiah – he’s the transformational leader. Law? He don’t need no steenkin’ law. This doesn’t come from Harvard Law, it comes from Alinsky and Frank Marshall Davis and his commie grandfather and Bill Ayers.

jclittlep on June 30, 2014 at 8:36 PM

I’m out of patience with the Left…
Lourdes on June 30, 2014 at 7:44 PM

What are you gonna’ do?

We ran out of patience with you long ago. Yet you still rant, lie and give advice that can get people killed.

cozmo on June 30, 2014 at 8:39 PM

When all you have is a hammer, the entire political world looks like a nail.
Or, A brain is a terrible thing to waste at PMSNBC – as if anyone there actually has one.
Sit down machine….ererererererererer.

Another Drew on June 30, 2014 at 8:54 PM

He created Frankenstein so he can just suck it!

neyney on June 30, 2014 at 9:09 PM

“The constitutional lawyer in the Oval Office can invoke any legislative and judicial power he wants, as long as he gives back that power when he leaves office.

This statement…should be played to every human being in the United States over 18 years of age.

If you agree with it, you must leave this island, never to return.

Because A.) If he could, he would never leave office. B.) That’s how 7 million Jews wound up murdered between 1939 and 1945. We never need go down that road again.

And yes, I’m afraid I have only one thing to say to Doctor Frankenstein here…Perhaps you should have thought of the implications of your creation *before* you gave it life.

a5minmajor on June 30, 2014 at 9:47 PM

Maybe Obeyme actually attended Tribe’s class, causing Tribe to despise him./:p

Nah.
He needs the Constitution to be in effect in order to retain any relevance.

S. D. on June 30, 2014 at 10:30 PM

Larry Tribe is the one who told his fellow progressives that if they didn’t like the 2nd Amendment, repeal it, because it absolutely guaranteed an individual right to bear arms.
Nexialist on June 30, 2014 at 7:36 PM

Isn’t that offensive to injuns or something?

Nutstuyu on June 30, 2014 at 11:08 PM

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz on Hobby Lobby decision: ‘I am disappointed and deeply concerned by the Supreme Court’s decision today in the case of Burwell v. Hobby Lobby’ – @TheDemocrats
Read more on democrats.org

canopfor on June 30, 2014 at 8:06 PM

So are we. It’s now possible you (DWS) could actually get pregnant.

Nutstuyu on June 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM

don’t you get it? corporations aren’t people but unions are.

geesoy on June 30, 2014 at 11:13 PM

Damn libs have gone so far left, anything even remotely upholding constitutional rights is seen as abusing power or judicial activism.

If it were up to them, the only thing being protected would be their views / ideology. They make it clear everyday with all this talk of arguments being closed, when in reality they’ve never let the debate even start.

Oxymoron on June 30, 2014 at 11:41 PM

Wow. Laurence Tribe has lost a lot of weight.

Captain Kirock on July 1, 2014 at 12:08 AM

I call BS. He just wants to sell more books, and conservatives read more. Our thirst for knowledge/truth goes beyond MSNBC. Unlike our brethren on the opposite side of reality.

moyeti on July 1, 2014 at 12:37 AM

So are we. It’s now possible you (DWS) could actually get pregnant.

Nutstuyu on June 30, 2014 at 11:12 PM

How? Turkey baster?

S. D. on July 1, 2014 at 1:01 AM

Hotair reader tired of writers bashing mindless msnbc video clips.

JQA on July 1, 2014 at 7:55 AM

Ace makes a great point: Hillary took flak last week for having been “against” gay marriage when that was the standard lefty position, for the assumption underlying the criticism was “why didn’t you vote your conscience then? Why did you say publicly you were against gay marriage when we all know you were for it all along?”. The left likes to demand politicians “vote their conscience” but simultaneously demand that bakers and ranchers and everyone else “obey the law”.

There are, as Ace says, two classes of political rights emerging on the left, one free ranging and one constrained.

MTF on July 1, 2014 at 9:16 AM

The wheels are coming off the Left’s wagon, but they are still trying to ride it down the street.

PJ Emeritus on July 1, 2014 at 9:34 AM

If lefties hate corporations so much how are they accessing social media?

gwelf on July 1, 2014 at 11:40 AM