Skip to comments.Dems Warn Of ‘Grave Damage’ To SCOTUS If ‘Obamacare’ Is Struck Down
Posted on 03/29/2012 1:50:01 PM PDT by Sybeck1
A handful of Senate Democrats sought to assure doubtful liberals that the Supreme Court justices arent ready to strike down their crowning achievement, standing before cameras and mics Wednesday in front of the court. One warned that doing so would ruin the courts credibility.
This court would not only have to stretch, it would have to abandon and completely overrule a lot of modern precedent, which would do grave damage to this court, in its credibility and power, said Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D), a former attorney general of Connecticut. The court commands no armies, it has no money; it depends for its power on its credibility. The only reason people obey it is because it has that credibility. And the court risks grave damage if it strikes down a statute of this magnitude and importance, and stretches so dramatically and drastically to do it.
Sen. John Kerry (D-MA) said the law has been thoroughly vetted.
As a senior member of the Finance Committee, he said, I can tell you that we had one of the most rigorous and transparent legislative processes that I have witnessed in almost 3 decades here in the Congress. We worked with some of the brightest, most thoughtful and experienced constitutional lawyers in order to make sure that the law was constitutional.
Kerry said the assumptions that tough questions from the justices will amount to striking down some or all of the Affordable Care Act are a fallacy he predicted, as the final oral arguments were transpiring inside, that it would be upheld.
Now I am glad as I think any of us whove practiced law are to see the intense questions from the justices. Theyre engaged, and they are thoughtfully working through these issues, Kerry said. But questions are a legitimate way of probing the basis of their own thinking. They are not an indication of a judgment made, or a vote ready to be cast. Theyre working through this process as they ought to, mindful of the fact that 30 courts below them have already made a judgment upholding it.
Blumenthal and Kerry who were joined by Sen. Jeff Merkley (D-OR) called the press conference one day after liberals and other court watchers expressed serious doubts that the justices would uphold the Affordable Care Acts requirement to purchase insurance, a central pillar of the law. The firestorm was ignited by legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who called Tuesdays arguments a train wreck for the White House and predicted that Obamacare would be struck down.
Pushing back, Blumenthal said that theres a heavy burden on the challengers.
Everybody learns in the first year of law school that the law thats challenged is presumed to be constitutional, Blumenthal said. That is a heavy burden for anyone challenging the constitutionality of a law to overcome. When in doubt, uphold the law. There is a lot of room for doubt here, and there is a lot of clear precedent that requires this court to uphold this law.
The Democrats level of confidence has diminished since the days when they dismissed a constitutional challenge to the Affordable Care Act as frivolous. Indeed, the tough questioning from swing Justices John Roberts and Anthony Kennedy about the limits of federal power at least rattled liberals enough to require the nerve-soothing press conference. But Democrats are seeking to quell liberal fears that the game is already over.
Experts say its too difficult to predict how the court will rule.
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I think you're right ... I don't think any of the justices, left or right, look favorably upon intimidation or threats ... especially if done publicly.
Absolutely sounds like a threat. I hope SCOTUS feels the same way...
“Blumenthal: When in doubt, uphold the law”
Hypocrite! For 50 years that’s NEVER been the attitude taken by liberals when reviewing any state legislation limiting abortion, any immigration laws, any laws restricting race quotas, etc.
(Rocky Balboa voice) Absolutely. A long hot summer is comming.
Gravely Damage THIS, liberals.
He is right about that, the way things are taught; laws are like a person being accused of a crime being innocent until proven guilty. Laws are Constitutional until proven not Constitutional. That is the system.
Public lectures from Obama and threats, veiled or otherwise, from members of congress.
When lies become sedition, people should know about it.
“The court already has no credibility”
Declaring greenhouse gas a pollutant, and letting the EPA do what they want to control it, sure helps their credibility case!
That plant Kagan should’ve recused herself in the first place and we could of drove a stake in this thing already.
I hope they do threaten SCOTUS. I hope these commielibs push the judges, especially Kennedy, far to the right with their threats and tantrums. What exactly about “unconstitutional” do these marxists not understand?
Hmmm.. And 0bamacare still managed to get passed without a severability clause? I guess such ineptitude explains why 0bama was also considered 'eligible' to be president without a birth certificate.
This is a very telling statement on the thinking of liberals. The fact a law is passed deems it "Constitutional". Thus creating a bar which must be overcome in disqualifying that law. I think we have a window into the process of creating this boondoggle of a law, the process that the democrats and socialists used in drafting this monstrosity.
It doesn't matter what it is, what's in it, or how unconstitutional it is. If it becomes law, it will be next to impossible to overcome.
“New Black Panther Party to offer $10 000 for the capture of Antonin Scalia”
Just kidding for those of you in Rio Linda.
What they mean is that it will be the Democrat party that will suffer grave damage.
John Kerry was in Vietnam. He got shot in the butt with some rice over there.
How can you vet legislation you never read?
Maybe this was just a little payback for Omama’s State of the Union rant,only with logic and bigger words.
The leftists are telling so many lies I’m wondering if even some of their supporters are beginning to catch on???