Not the first time, of course, but certainly one of the most blatant.
Obama said Tuesday that he would respect the court’s opinion, but still believes the justices should not overturn the healthcare law.
“The point I was making is that the Supreme Court is the final say on our Constitution, and all of us have to respect it,” he said. “But it’s precisely because of that extraordinary power that the court has traditionally exercised significant restraint and deference to a duly elected legislature.”
Wrong, Barry. Yesterday you said that a decision would be unprecedented and activist, and that it would delegitimize the court. Now you say you will respect the court – and repeat the same false claim that there would be something illegitimate about striking down your pet statute.
Especially since you note that there is precedent for striking down statutes as incompatible with the Commerce Clause.
“We have not seen the court overturn a law that was passed by Congress on a economic issue like healthcare, that I think most people would clearly consider commerce — a law like that has not been overturned ... at least since the ’30s,” Obama said.
The mere fact that there have been no such rulings in some time does not mean that they are inappropriate, nor that this particular statute does not cross a line into a constitutionally forbidden area.