Mitch McConnell Trying to Intimidate Supreme Court

Mitch McConnell was in Lexington yesterday — weird, so was Clarence Thomas! — and explained to the Rotary Club that the Supreme Court Justices are weak-minded individuals who’s entire understanding of the law can be swayed by one innocuous word.

U.S. Sen. Mitch McConnell said Thursday that President Barack Obama’s statement that it would be unprecedented for the Supreme Court to strike down Obama’s signature health care law was meant to “intimidate” the court and should be “intolerable” to all Americans.

The Republican Senate minority leader said in Lexington that Obama’s statements Monday — which Obama has since tried to soften — are part of the administration’s pattern of trying to “delegitimize” the Supreme Court and weaken its independence. McConnell called on Obama to respect the independence of the court and “back off.”

“With his words, he was no longer trying to embarrass the court after a decision; rather, he tried to intimidate it before a decision has been made. And that should be intolerable to all of us,” McConnell said.

You know what’s scary?

Not that President Obama is trying to “delegitimize” the Supreme Court (although that is terrifying) but that President Obama is so freaking powerful he can “intimidate” nine prima-donna Justices who hold their positions for life.

I mean, Obama’s gotta to be unstoppably powerful if he’s able to do that, right? Scary.

Or… not scary at all. Mitch McConnell’s premise is preposterous. And, surprise!, it’s hypocritical.

Via Joe, Steve Brenen writes:

High-profile GOP figures, including President George W. Bush, have used far stronger language to condemn the judiciary than anything Obama has even hinted at.

Where was Mitch McConnell when his party made court-bashing part of its larger electoral strategy?

Indeed, in his second term, Bush characterized what he perceived as liberal judicial activism as “a threat to our democracy — and it needs to stop.” In the same speech, the Republican president was warning against “tyranny.” Was this a threat? Did it cause Republicans everywhere to whine incessantly about the White House trying to “intimidate” jurists?

Throughout the Bush era, Republican leaders threatened to undermine the power of the federal courts. In one jarring instance, Sen. John Cornyn (R-Texas) went so far as to say judges who are the victims of violence may bring the attacks onto themselves with liberal rulings.

If McConnell found his own colleague’s remarks troubling, he kept it to himself.

1 comment for “Mitch McConnell Trying to Intimidate Supreme Court

  1. Tom Stickler
    April 6, 2012 at 10:00 pm

    There seems to be a distinct lack of reading comprehension on display here. Note that the President’s comment on “judicial activism” is not directed to the Supremes, but to “conservative commentators” who in the past have always bitched when one of their beloved laws was invalidated.

    “Ultimately, 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.

    “And 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. Well, this is a good example, and I’m pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step.”

    Now, it appears to me that Obama was complimenting the Supreme Court and criticizing conservative commentators for accusing the Court of judicial activism, amirite?

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