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Senators pushing for Supreme Court to televise arguments on Obama’s health care overhaul
Washington Post ^ | 12/06/11

Posted on 12/16/2011 6:31:40 AM PST by Libloather

Senators pushing for Supreme Court to televise arguments on Obama’s health care overhaul
By Associated Press, Published: December 6

WASHINGTON — Senators are once again pushing the Supreme Court to televise its courtroom proceedings, especially since justices will have an election-year argument over the constitutionality of President Barack Obama’s signature health care overhaul.

A Senate Judiciary subcommittee debated Tuesday whether Congress should or — even could — force the Supreme Court, a co-equal branch of government, to allow cameras to broadcast live during arguments.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: commiecare; healthcare; obamacare; obamacarehealthcare; supreme; tv
Like you've got something better to watch for a few days in March?
1 posted on 12/16/2011 6:31:53 AM PST by Libloather
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To: Libloather

We didn’t get to see how the legislation was made, maybe we’ll get to see it dismantled.


2 posted on 12/16/2011 6:35:44 AM PST by skeeter
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To: Libloather

So leftwing commentators can skew the proceedings?

I don’t think so.


3 posted on 12/16/2011 6:36:35 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (To fix government, we need a rocket scientist. Oh, wait we have one!)
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To: Libloather

So leftwing commentators can skew the proceedings?

I don’t think so.


4 posted on 12/16/2011 6:36:44 AM PST by EQAndyBuzz (To fix government, we need a rocket scientist. Oh, wait we have one!)
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To: Libloather

This would degrade the court’s stature, turning it into an OJ trial.


5 posted on 12/16/2011 6:38:01 AM PST by lurk
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To: Libloather
The actual thinking of the judges is behind closed doors.

Is the fix in already?

Will the decision become an Obama Poster just before election? If Obama wins, I'd say that's a reasonable guess. Just add pillars!!

6 posted on 12/16/2011 6:40:27 AM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: Libloather

The article does not mention WHO is pushing for this, aside from former Senator Arlen Specter.

I have always found it a good rule of thumb that if Arlen is for it, I’m against it.

If the Dems are pushing for this it is only to use in some campaign ads about the Eeeeeeevil Right Wing SCOTUS that is taking away health care from poor people.


7 posted on 12/16/2011 6:43:42 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: EQAndyBuzz
The networks will be covering the dirt bag circus outside of the SC anyway.
8 posted on 12/16/2011 6:46:49 AM PST by almost done by half
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To: lurk

After some of the Court’s decisions, can it be “degraded” any more?


9 posted on 12/16/2011 6:47:12 AM PST by vg0va3 (I don't plan to quit the fight until it is finally over. Although, I am getting tired...)
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To: Sacajaweau
Will the decision become an Obama Poster just before election? If Obama wins, I'd say that's a reasonable guess. Just add pillars!!

I'm really not sure whether a victory at the Supreme Court would help or hurt Obama's reelection. If he wins, then the Republican candidate can easily make the entire election about Obamacare, by accurately claiming that now the ONLY way to stop Obamacare is elect a Republican in 2012. With 60%+ of voters wanting Obamacare to be struck down, this might really resonate. On the other hand, if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare, it essentially takes if off the table as a campaign issue for 2012 and could actually play into Obama's campaign against the "Party of No" and the "Do Nothing Congress".

10 posted on 12/16/2011 6:58:09 AM PST by apillar
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To: Libloather
That is one thing that will never happen...

Mike

11 posted on 12/16/2011 7:01:59 AM PST by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: Libloather

“A Senate Judiciary subcommittee debated Tuesday whether Congress should or — even could — force the Supreme Court, a co-equal branch of government, to allow cameras to broadcast live during arguments.”

I guess the Supreme court will have to decide this case first.


12 posted on 12/16/2011 7:11:57 AM PST by running_dog_lackey
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To: lurk
Why should the stature of the Judicial branch be any different than the stature of the Legislative and Executive branch? They are all co-equal branches!
If the Judiciary acts with dignity there stature would be enhanced, if not it will be degraded. To be viewed highly they must earn it!
13 posted on 12/16/2011 7:12:34 AM PST by orinoco
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To: Libloather

This is nothing but grnadstanding in an attempt to politicize the whole thing in anticipation of the SCOTUS overturning the whole law.

Thay want to be able to spin and use the media to demonize the whole proceeding and use as an election tool. “Look what the evil conservative wing of the Court is doing to the poor, old and young!!!! Re-elect us so we can fix this INJUSTICE!!!”

Scumsucking gutter trash leeches!


14 posted on 12/16/2011 7:16:14 AM PST by commish (Freedom tastes sweetest to those who have fought to preserve it.)
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To: Libloather

Tell the senators to go pound salt up their a$$.


15 posted on 12/16/2011 7:20:32 AM PST by GoldenPup
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To: Buckeye McFrog
Arlen Specter is in favor?

I am adamantly, vehemently opposed.

On that one fact alone.

16 posted on 12/16/2011 7:29:38 AM PST by Lazamataz (That's all.)
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To: orinoco

re: “Why should the stature of the Judicial branch be any different than the stature of the Legislative and Executive branch? They are all co-equal branches!
If the Judiciary acts with dignity there stature would be enhanced, if not it will be degraded. To be viewed highly they must earn it!”

I’m not disagreeing with you per se, but I just think putting cameras in the Supreme Court is a BAD idea. I know that the Court is politicized already, but cameras would make it even worse. I don’t see where having Congress filmed now has made any difference in the stupid crap they pass everyday - all it gets us is grandstanding and grandiose political speeches in order to get “face time” on MSNBC.

The Court records are already available to any who want to see them so it’s not like their proceedings are unavailable.

Do you think it would really make a positive difference having cameras there or would it just turn it into a “reality” show?

Not being hostile, just wondering.


17 posted on 12/16/2011 7:31:04 AM PST by Nevadan
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To: Libloather
All SCOTUS oral arguments should be televised, not just the Obamacare one.

I can't believe some here are so afraid of government transparency.

I can watch many of my state's Supreme Court arguments on TV. It hasn't degraded the court or turned it into a circus. Those are extremely weak arguments.

18 posted on 12/16/2011 7:53:49 AM PST by gdani
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To: Libloather

I just do not see Chief Justice Roberts agreeing to the wishes of the Senate.


19 posted on 12/16/2011 8:21:44 AM PST by buffaloguy
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To: almost done by half

There are at least half a dozen syndicated judge shows on television. There is a UHF station here where that is practically their whole daytime lineup. People can go there for their black robed viewing entertainment.


20 posted on 12/16/2011 9:37:40 AM PST by Buckeye McFrog
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To: Libloather

The GOP ought to be harping on the fact Obamacare pushed through at midnight to “save His Presidency”

And most didn’t even know what was in it

And the most salient fact—Obama promised hearings and debates and coverage by CSPAN and transparency

He LIED


21 posted on 12/16/2011 12:24:24 PM PST by uncbob
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To: Nevadan
We learn how the decision making process works. For the Legislature we see how issues are debated on the floor. We uncovered that a lot of back room deals are made behind the scene that are not transparent. We learned that members vote on Bills that they never read. People are now looking for improvements and more transparency in the Legislature.
We can learn much by observing the Judiciary and seeing first hand how a judicial decision is made. We can learn who presents arguments before the Court, what questions the Court asks of the presenters, what legal factors go into their decision making and ultimately how they came to their decision.
The people have to abide by these rulings and they want to ascertain that the case before the Court was thoroughly examined and that the final decision is Constitutional.
22 posted on 12/16/2011 3:33:26 PM PST by orinoco
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