SCOTUS halts Obama’s war on coal — temporarily

posted at 8:41 am on February 10, 2016 by Ed Morrissey

Who were the big winners last night? The list certainly Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and arguably John Kasich, but 27 states may have won a bigger battle. In a dramatic decision overshadowed by the New Hampshire primary last night, the Supreme Court blocked the Obama administration’s attempts to impose drastic new regulations on power plants — at least until the courts hear challenges to the EPA’s Clean Power Plan:

A divided Supreme Court on Tuesday abruptly halted President Obama’s controversial new power plant regulations, dealing a blow to the administration’s sweeping plan to address global warming.

In a 5-4 decision, the court halted enforcement of the plan until after legal challenges are resolved.

The surprising move is a victory for the coalition of 27 mostly Republican-led states and industry opponents that call the regulations “an unprecedented power grab.”

By temporarily freezing the rule the high court’s order signals that opponents have made a strong argument against the plan. A federal appeals court last month refused to put it on hold.

The order itself was terse, and unusual. After having received the motion for a temporary stay, Chief Justice John Roberts referred it to the entire court rather than rule on it himself. The court split along its usual ideological axis as one might expect, but the intervention in the case at all is rather surprising. While the stay is temporary, the court appears to have agreed with the states that the CPP causes irreparable harm, and that they have at least a fair chance of winning their case if and when it comes to the Supreme Court.

What consequences will this have? In the shorter term, the question will be whether the DC circuit court takes the hint. The 5-4 decision on the stay isn’t a binding vote on the merits, but it seems pretty clear that the high court has a distinctly skeptical view of CPP. The appeals court may still decide that CPP passes constitutional muster, but it might look to this stay as a signal about the eventual outcome of the case and reorient their perspective accordingly. At the very least, the jurists hearing the case know that they will have to pitch their arguments in a manner that can move one of the five Supreme Court justices from skepticism to support — most likely Anthony Kennedy, as is usually the case.

More importantly, the stay makes it all but certain that implementation of the CPP will not take place under Barack Obama. The challenge to the EPA is in process at the DC Circuit, which had declined to put a stay in place. The appeals court will likely take a few months to work on the case, which means the Supreme Court almost certainly won’t get to it in this term. It could easily take until mid-2017 for the final decision to come down on CPP, by which time Obama will have been out of office for months — and a Republican president could stop CPP and render the case moot well before then.

Barack Obama may have learned one big lesson the hard way. Presidents who want to build legacies through executive orders and regulatory adventurism rather than Congressional engagement cannot wait until their final year to flex those muscles.

Addendum: What about the other 23 states? The statement from the American Energy Alliance warns other states about adopting CPP early in light of this stay:

“This is a significant victory for the American people and a strong rebuke of the Obama administration’s heavy-handed regulatory agenda. The Supreme Court should be applauded for standing up for American families after the D.C. Circuit failed to do so.

“The Supreme Court’s decision sends a clear signal to state leaders that they must avoid making any binding commitments until the legal process plays out, especially because EPA’s regulations are looking increasingly legally dubious. States should continue to pursue actions, such as legislation, to stop utilities from continuing their trend of shutting down low-cost, reliable power plants. A ‘do no harm’ approach, meaning avoiding binding commitments, is the best way to protect the American people from higher electricity costs. Now more than ever, states should follow this ‘do no harm’ approach.

“It is far too rare for the courts or Congress to back the little guy against red tape from Washington bureaucrats. Fortunately, that’s exactly what happened today.”

Perhaps if Washington bureaucrats had taken a “do no harm” approach, we wouldn’t be in this situation.


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Obama’s response – “How many divisions does the Supreme Court have?”

Steve Eggleston on February 10, 2016 at 8:49 AM

Obama is going to be so pi$$ed once he reads about this in the papers….after he watches SportsCenter.

Bitter Clinger on February 10, 2016 at 8:53 AM

Just send Beyoncé up to the Court steps with her Power dancers…..

THAT will show them who is boss.

PappyD61 on February 10, 2016 at 8:58 AM

More importantly, the stay makes it all but certain that implementation of the CPP will not take place under Barack Obama.

This is the key and that is why it is mostly dead on arrival. Even if Hillary gets voted in, she will not push this, and it is going to be tied up in the Courts for years because of the inherent complexity of the of the rule itself.

Johnnyreb on February 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

This should be 9-0, yet it was 5-4. And morons want Trump elected so he can put liberals on SCOTUS bench like his sister. No one should be voting for Trump unless of course you’re a liberal.

Conservative4Ever on February 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Courts don’t stop godkings -Emperor HUSSEIN I

ConstantineXI on February 10, 2016 at 9:02 AM

Obama’s response – “How many divisions does the Supreme Court have?”

Steve Eggleston on February 10, 2016 at 8:49 AM

The states ultimately control the enforcement, and that’s what matters. The worst the feds can do is halting some semi-related money flow to the state, which may or may not lead to further financial escalation, up to (and hopefully including) a halt on federal tax remittance.

Rix on February 10, 2016 at 9:02 AM

This should be 9-0, yet it was 5-4. And morons want Trump elected so he can put liberals on SCOTUS bench like his sister. No one should be voting for Trump unless of course you’re a liberal.

Conservative4Ever on February 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

No one should listen to you, period.

captnjoe on February 10, 2016 at 9:03 AM

Yesterday was a good day all around…

Rogue on February 10, 2016 at 9:03 AM

This should be 9-0, yet it was 5-4. And morons want Trump elected so he can put liberals on SCOTUS bench like his sister. No one should be voting for Trump unless of course you’re a liberal.

Conservative4Ever on February 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Another sock for hire? O’Connor, Kennedy, Souter, Roberts – could Trump really do any worse?

Rix on February 10, 2016 at 9:05 AM

And morons want Trump elected so he can put liberals on SCOTUS bench like his sister. No one should be voting for Trump unless of course you’re a liberal.

Conservative4Ever on February 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

BTW, conservatives don’t tell other people what to do and what to think, that is progressive territory. You don’t appear nearly as conservative as you think you are.

captnjoe on February 10, 2016 at 9:05 AM

Bush tried to foist Harriet Miers off on us. Didn’t work did it?

ConstantineXI on February 10, 2016 at 9:06 AM

Yesterday was a good day all around…

Rogue on February 10, 2016 at 9:03 AM

Yes it was.

captnjoe on February 10, 2016 at 9:06 AM

The list certainly Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders and arguably John Kasich, but 27 states may have won a bigger battle. I

You’re missing an ‘includes.’

thirtyandseven on February 10, 2016 at 9:08 AM

Seriously, the next SCOTUS Justice that is likely to retire is so rabidly Liberal I am not sure how anyone could appoint someone worse.

Plus if people seriously think that the Dems in the Senate won’t do everything in their power to stall and try to kill the appointment of anyone who is an actual real conservative, they are being extremely naive.

Johnnyreb on February 10, 2016 at 9:14 AM

Obama’s response – “How many divisions does the Supreme Court have?”

Steve Eggleston on February 10, 2016 at 8:49 AM

When Andrew Jackson said that, the SCOTUS didn’t have 4000 US Marshall’s.

oscarwilde on February 10, 2016 at 9:17 AM

Nixon Signs Legislation Creating The EPA

Magicjava on February 10, 2016 at 9:18 AM

And you know what, we needed it then. I remember going up to Cleveland and watching the Cuyahoga River actually burn when I was a kid.

As far as the Agency is now, I say get rid of it.

Johnnyreb on February 10, 2016 at 9:24 AM

And you know what, we needed it then. I remember going up to Cleveland and watching the Cuyahoga River actually burn when I was a kid.

As far as the Agency is now, I say get rid of it.

Johnnyreb on February 10, 2016 at 9:24 AM

Didn’t need it then anymore than we need it now. Individual problems could be addressed without creating an entirely new agency. Especially one that has the power to destroy the entire economy.

Small government always better than big government.

Magicjava on February 10, 2016 at 9:26 AM

This should be 9-0, yet it was 5-4. And morons want Trump elected so he can put liberals on SCOTUS bench like his sister. No one should be voting for Trump unless of course you’re a liberal.
Conservative4Ever on February 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Are you insane or did you forget the sarc tag?

Bernie Sanders or Hillary are going to change the makeup of that court to where you’ll get your 9 – 0 rulings every single time.

Cleombrotus on February 10, 2016 at 9:27 AM

When Andrew Jackson said that, the SCOTUS didn’t have 4000 US Marshall’s.
oscarwilde on February 10, 2016 at 9:17 AM

It was Stalin in regards to some pronouncement of the Pope condemning some action of his.

Cleombrotus on February 10, 2016 at 9:29 AM

The states ultimately control the enforcement, and that’s what matters. The worst the feds can do is halting some semi-related money flow to the state, which may or may not lead to further financial escalation, up to (and hopefully including) a halt on federal tax remittance.

Rix on February 10, 2016 at 9:02 AM

This isn’t necessarily true in terms of the EPA.
Most states have delegated authority when it comes to Air Permitting. If the state refuses to implement an implementation plan, they can lose their delegated authority. Then the only way for a business to obtain an air permit to operate their faciltiy is to go through EPA rather than the state.

States are historically easier to deal with when it comes to permitting.

I don’t know a single manufacturer who would rather attempt to obtain an air permit through the EPA instead of their state environmental agency.

airupthere on February 10, 2016 at 9:30 AM

It’s not Obama’s war on coal, it’s his war on the America as we know it. Can have a fundamental change without squeezing the people into submission, and what better way to do it than by making them freeze in the winter and keel over from heat strokes in the summer.

The damage this monster has caused the country is staggering. Between dividing us along every line possible, his joke of a foreign policy that lets every bad actor get a nuclear weapon, and his ridiculous economic policies, I’m worried that we won’t be able to fix things….

Hank_Scorpio on February 10, 2016 at 9:31 AM

This should be 9-0, yet it was 5-4. And morons want Trump elected so he can put liberals on SCOTUS bench like his sister. No one should be voting for Trump unless of course you’re a liberal.
Conservative4Ever on February 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

Are you insane or did you forget the sarc tag?

Cleombrotus on February 10, 2016 at 9:27 AM

He is a rock-ribbed Hot Air conservative. Hot Air is a light to the world, showing us all that true conservatives are the ones who attend gay coke parties.

Magicjava on February 10, 2016 at 9:31 AM

Nixon Signs Legislation Creating The EPA

Magicjava on February 10, 2016 at 9:18 AM

1990, George H.W. Bush signs amendments to the Clean Air Act expanding EPA’s authority.

airupthere on February 10, 2016 at 9:36 AM

Obama: “Now where did I put those pics of Roberts and his mistress?”

CurtZHP on February 10, 2016 at 9:36 AM

Trump, as Prez, would appoint justices who he believes would help his business interests. He has no real moral underpinnings, imo. As Capitalism is designed to be amoral, so is Trump. Like The One, he is a narcissist who listens only to the voices in his own head, for good or ill. Interesting times.

vnvet on February 10, 2016 at 9:38 AM

1990, George H.W. Bush signs amendments to the Clean Air Act expanding EPA’s authority.

airupthere on February 10, 2016 at 9:36 AM

People don’t realize that the republican party is to the left of the democratic party.

Magicjava on February 10, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Trump, as Prez, would appoint justices who he believes would help his business interests. He has no real moral underpinnings, imo. As Capitalism is designed to be amoral, so is Trump. Like The One, he is a narcissist who listens only to the voices in his own head, for good or ill. Interesting times.

vnvet on February 10, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Right on que, out come the republican socialists.

Magicjava on February 10, 2016 at 9:40 AM

Conservative4Ever on February 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

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Are you insane or did you forget the sarc tag?

Bernie Sanders or Hillary are going to change the makeup of that court to where you’ll get your 9 – 0 rulings every single time.
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Cleombrotus on February 10, 2016 at 9:27 AM

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I don’t believe Conservative4Ever was excluding Bernie or Hillary.

He (or she) believes as I do, that Donald Trump’s SCOTUS picks will be nearly identical, to Bernie and Hillary.

And further, I believe Ted Cruz will beat either Bernie or Hillary (or Joe Biden, or Michael Bloomberg) in the general, if he gets the nomination.

listens2glenn on February 10, 2016 at 9:48 AM

If the state refuses ….. they can lose their delegated authority.

Isn’t it amazing that people on a conservative website can write something like this without batting an eye. If that whole “constitutionally limited republic, federation of states” thing is so forgotten, maybe it doesn’t really exist any more.

I guess those who have forgotten the constitution are condemned to lose it. That certainly has been borne out in recent voting.

BirnamWood on February 10, 2016 at 9:51 AM

Right on que, out come the republican socialists.

Magicjava on February 10, 2016 at 9:40 AM

You don’t know me and misconstrued my statement. Capitalism, by design, is amoral. It is profit driven. I judge not the system or those who practice, btw, the best system in the world and that which is capable of ‘rising all boats’. It is what it is. Hopefully, we can get back to really free markets, controlled by those with a moral construct. Crony capitalism gives the system a bad name, not the system, itself.

vnvet on February 10, 2016 at 9:54 AM

As Capitalism is designed to be amoral, . . . . .
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vnvet on February 10, 2016 at 9:38 AM

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What the HANG are you doing, talking about the Republican primary? You obviously should be telling everyone which Democrat you believe is the best choice.

listens2glenn on February 10, 2016 at 9:55 AM

He (or she) believes as I do, that Donald Trump’s SCOTUS picks will be nearly identical, to Bernie and Hillary.

listens2glenn on February 10, 2016 at 9:48 AM

Bernie → Socialist SCOTUS picks
Hillary → Wall Street SCOTUS picks
Trump → Capitalist SCOTUS picks
Cruz → Wall Street SCOTUS picks
All Other GOPe → Socialist SCOTUS picks

My 2 cents.

Magicjava on February 10, 2016 at 9:58 AM

What the HANG are you doing, talking about the Republican primary? You obviously should be telling everyone which Democrat you believe is the best choice.

listens2glenn on February 10, 2016 at 9:55 AM

Glenn hasn’t told you that most republicans are socialists?

Magicjava on February 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM

What the HANG are you doing, talking about the Republican primary? You obviously should be telling everyone which Democrat you believe is the best choice.

listens2glenn on February 10, 2016 at 9:55 AM

The one not running.

vnvet on February 10, 2016 at 10:02 AM

You don’t know me and misconstrued my statement. Capitalism, by design, is amoral. It is profit driven. I judge not the system or those who practice, btw, the best system in the world and that which is capable of ‘rising all boats’. It is what it is. Hopefully, we can get back to really free markets, controlled by those with a moral construct. Crony capitalism gives the system a bad name, not the system, itself.
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vnvet on February 10, 2016 at 9:54 AM

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The “profit driven” motive is NOT “amoral”.

Until we get to “really free markets”, we don’t have ‘capitalism.’
What you’re calling “crony capitalism” is just a respectable way of saying CORRUPTION.

It was liberal/socialists who coined the term “crony capitalism” to try and degrade real capitalism, in the minds of the masses.

listens2glenn on February 10, 2016 at 10:02 AM

You don’t know me and misconstrued my statement. Capitalism, by design, is amoral. It is profit driven. I judge not the system or those who practice, btw, the best system in the world and that which is capable of ‘rising all boats’. It is what it is. Hopefully, we can get back to really free markets, controlled by those with a moral construct. Crony capitalism gives the system a bad name, not the system, itself.

vnvet on February 10, 2016 at 9:54 AM

All economic systems are amoral. There is nothing moral about the redistribution of wealth of socialism or marxism. There is nothing moral about the de facto bribery that occurs with corporatism.

Magicjava on February 10, 2016 at 10:07 AM

listens2glenn on February 10, 2016 at 9:55 AM

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Glenn hasn’t told you that most republicans are socialists?
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Magicjava on February 10, 2016 at 10:00 AM

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Yup … the operative word being “most”.

Donald Trump was not a ‘conservative’ before he announced running, and I defy you to present evidence as to how he has “changed” in the past couple of years.

listens2glenn on February 10, 2016 at 10:08 AM

“Nice couple of adopted kids you got there Roberts, be a shame if anything happened to their adoption status.”

In a shocking turn of events, Chief Justice Roberts decides the CPP rule is actually a tax and supports the EPA’s ruling. Film at 11.

jnelchef on February 10, 2016 at 10:10 AM

Capitalism is akin to the airline safety speech:

Oxygen and the air pressure are always being monitored. In the event of a decompression, an oxygen mask will automatically appear in front of you. To start the flow of oxygen, pull the mask towards you. Place it firmly over your nose and mouth, secure the elastic band behind your head, and breathe normally. Although the bag does not inflate, oxygen is flowing to the mask. If you are travelling with a child or someone who requires assistance, secure your mask on first, and then assist the other person.

You can’t help others if you don’t help yourself first.

Fallon on February 10, 2016 at 10:14 AM

People don’t realize that the republican party is to the left of the democratic party.

Magicjava on February 10, 2016 at 9:38 AM

Now that’s just stupid.

Are they to the left of their base? Yes.
Are they to the left of where this nation came from and should continue to be? Yes.
Do they need several hard kicks to the butt and a good backhand? Yes.

To the left of the Democrat Party? Are you on crack or just trying to make a rhetorical point?

jnelchef on February 10, 2016 at 10:15 AM

All economic systems are amoral. There is nothing moral about the redistribution of wealth of socialism or marxism. There is nothing moral about the de facto bribery that occurs with corporatism.

Magicjava on February 10, 2016 at 10:07 A

The Bern would heartily disagree with you that Socialism is amoral. Stealing from the successful and redistributing their wealth to his constituents is simply “the right thing to do”.

vnvet on February 10, 2016 at 10:15 AM

My solution to this mess (not that anyone asked) is for Congress to remove the EPA’s authority over CO2. The Supreme Court had to parse the EPA act carefully to establish the agency’s ability to regulate CO2 since it clearly wasn’t a pollutant, being essential to plant life. Amending it should be perfectly constitutional. Of course, this can’t be done until Obama leaves office.

wagnert in atlanta on February 10, 2016 at 10:18 AM

And morons want Trump elected so he can put liberals on SCOTUS bench like his sister. No one should be voting for Trump unless of course you’re a liberal.

Conservative4Ever

Another “conservative” moron who believes the conservative thing to do is throw one’s sister under the bus for no reason. If he were a real conservative, he would have said she should die in a fire.

xblade on February 10, 2016 at 10:27 AM

listens2glenn on February 10, 2016 at 10:02 AM

The corruption inherent in cronyism, I believe, is implied and well understood. Capitalism is well designed to take advantage of natural, ingrained self interest. The system is ‘moral’ in the sense only in the way it is practiced. There is always the dance between that self interest and regulation, whether by self or government. Market driven profits is a strength, open to all in a free society and the reward to the smart and hardworking. The unscrupulous will always seek advantage via political influence and corrupt business practices. It is just nature.

vnvet on February 10, 2016 at 10:28 AM

Buh bye Barack. The house of cards you’ve built is crumbling down around you.

supersport667 on February 10, 2016 at 10:28 AM

To the left of the Democrat Party? Are you on crack or just trying to make a rhetorical point?

jnelchef

It’s the republican party who kick started the effort to turn the country over to democrats forever via amnesty/open borders. So…yeah, it’s a legitimate argument.

xblade on February 10, 2016 at 10:29 AM

Definitely good news, and it’ll give time for trump or cruz (and i do believe it will be one of these two) to wad up the order & trash it, and fire the Sierra Club nazis who are currently running it. Then congress needs to either dissolve the EPA or seriously curtail it’s chartered powers.

Red Creed on February 10, 2016 at 10:45 AM

No one should be voting for Trump unless of course you’re a liberal.

Conservative4Ever on February 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

You’re welcome to your opinion, but without it’s being based on anything more than the presented demwitted, lib@$$ed, fascist-like presumptive pap and marching orders, I call it Bull$h!t.

RL on February 10, 2016 at 11:04 AM

The poor and middle class were winners last night. Good job SCOTUS. It’s like I have been saying, put an injunction on anything obummer does up until Jan 17 next year.

jake49 on February 10, 2016 at 11:08 AM

And morons want Trump elected so he can put liberals on SCOTUS bench like his sister. No one should be voting for Trump unless of course you’re a liberal.
Conservative4Ever

Another “conservative” moron who believes the conservative thing to do is throw one’s sister under the bus for no reason. If he were a real conservative, he would have said she should die in a fire.

xblade on February 10, 2016 at 10:27 AM

Yes, basically a “conservative” fascist instead of a lib fascist.

That’s why some of us prefer being “Constitutionalists”.

RL on February 10, 2016 at 11:09 AM

That’s why some of us prefer being “Constitutionalists”.

RL on February 10, 2016 at 11:09 AM

X2

vnvet on February 10, 2016 at 11:11 AM

…It’s like I have been saying, put an injunction on anything obummer does up until Jan 17 next year.

jake49 on February 10, 2016 at 11:08 AM

-Suggest making that retroactive for, oh, 7+ years, then extend it for the foreseeable future, as the only viable means to bring Balance to The Force.

RL on February 10, 2016 at 11:14 AM

What consequences will this have? In the shorter term, the question will be whether the DC circuit court takes the hint. The 5-4 decision on the stay isn’t a binding vote on the merits, but it seems pretty clear that the high court has a distinctly skeptical view of CPP. The appeals court may still decide that CPP passes constitutional muster, but it might look to this stay as a signal about the eventual outcome of the case and reorient their perspective accordingly. At the very least, the jurists hearing the case know that they will have to pitch their arguments in a manner that can move one of the five Supreme Court justices from skepticism to support — most likely Anthony Kennedy, as is usually the case.

The DC Circuit is now stacked with O-bot judges thanks to the unscrupulousness of Democrats and the uselessness of the Senate GOP RINOs. I doubt these tools will be swayed by any “hints” from the Supreme Court’s right wing.

I expect these tools to be creating as much chaos as they can going forward. They hear most of the cases involving the constitutionality of federal government actions. They can screw up far more rulings than the Supreme Court can address. They will be making bad law for a couple of decades, at least.

novaculus on February 10, 2016 at 11:22 AM

Obama: “Now where did I put those pics of Roberts and his mistress?”

CurtZHP on February 10, 2016 at 9:36 AM

Actually, Roberts and his wife adopted two kids from China. Supposedly, the threat is Obama will pick up the phone and call his b*tt buddies in Beijing, who will then discover “irregularities” in the adoption and demand that the US return the “Chinese citizens” to them. Obama would be “forced” to agree.

SDN on February 10, 2016 at 11:37 AM

magicjava, Cruz will appoint Constitutional picks… which scares the Uniparty to death.

SDN on February 10, 2016 at 11:40 AM

If Hillary or Sanders wins the Presidency, the worst and most long lasting of the many horrors that they will visit upon the country, will be their Supreme Court picks.

If Cruz is the President, he will definitely pick strict constructionists.
If Trump is the President, he will nominate Cruz for the the Supreme Court.

justltl on February 10, 2016 at 12:28 PM

Nixon Signs Legislation Creating The EPA

Magicjava on February 10, 2016 at 9:18 AM

In hindsight – I say THAT is more worthy of impeachment than anything else he did.

dentarthurdent on February 10, 2016 at 1:00 PM

If Hillary or Sanders wins the Presidency, the worst and most long lasting of the many horrors that they will visit upon the country, will be their Supreme Court picks.
justltl on February 10, 2016 at 12:28 PM

One of which may very well be Justice Obama.

dentarthurdent on February 10, 2016 at 1:02 PM

Another failed attempt by Obama to cripple the country.

Unfortunately, many of his other efforts have been a spectacular success.

Oxymoron on February 10, 2016 at 1:06 PM

This should be 9-0, yet it was 5-4. And morons want Trump elected so he can put liberals on SCOTUS bench like his sister. No one should be voting for Trump unless of course you’re a liberal.

Conservative4Ever on February 10, 2016 at 9:00 AM

You so funny. Who confirmed them four libs…just dems. They always get out there, reliable lefties. Our pics are crap shoots that have to meet dem approval.

arnold ziffel on February 10, 2016 at 6:38 PM

The stories I read on the Roberts children (accompanied by Pictures) related that their blond kids are actually of Irish origin and were adopted thru South America which is not really the proper way of doing things. Children from Ireland are not allowed to be adopted by foreigners.

If this is all true Obummer probably threatened to expose the circumstances of the adoptions, possibly putting their legality into question. If true what the Roberts’ did disgusts me. My husband and I legally adopted 2 Russian children from orphanages back before Putin closed Russia to American adoptions. The fees we paid would have been way less than what the Roberts paid to have the Irish mothers give birth in South America and then adopt from there plus our adoptions were totally legal. Our children are brunettes but there are plenty of blond children available for adoption from Russia, Ukraine, and that area etc.

sherrimae on February 11, 2016 at 4:37 AM

Actually, Roberts and his wife adopted two kids from China. Supposedly, the threat is Obama will pick up the phone and call his b*tt buddies in Beijing, who will then discover “irregularities” in the adoption and demand that the US return the “Chinese citizens” to them. Obama would be “forced” to agree.

SDN on February 10, 2016 at 11:37 AM

Ireland, not China.

cptacek on February 11, 2016 at 12:23 PM