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Obama setting up Supreme Court as a campaign issue
Associated Press ^ | 4/5/12 | ANNE GEARAN

Posted on 04/05/2012 3:37:16 PM PDT by SmithL

WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Barack Obama is laying groundwork to make the majority-conservative Supreme Court a campaign issue this fall, taking a political page from Republicans who have long railed against liberal judges who don't vote their way.

The emerging Democratic strategy to paint the court as extreme was little noted in this week's hubbub over Obama's assertion that overturning his health care law would be "unprecedented."

His statement Monday wasn't completely accurate, and the White House backtracked. But Obama was making a political case, not a legal one, and he appears ready to keep making it if the high court's five-member majority strikes down or cuts the heart out of his signature policy initiative.

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TOPICS: Extended News; Government; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: 0bama; 2012issues; bhoscotus; election2012; judiciary; scotus

1 posted on 04/05/2012 3:37:25 PM PDT by SmithL
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To: SmithL

That is what Michelle Malkin said on Fox yesterday.


2 posted on 04/05/2012 3:42:48 PM PDT by sheikdetailfeather ("We Need To Teach The Establishment a Lesson" - Newt Gingrich)
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To: SmithL

3 posted on 04/05/2012 3:42:48 PM PDT by BenLurkin (This is not a statement of fact. It is either opinion or satire; or both)
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To: SmithL

Yeah, picking a fight with a co-equal branch of government that possesses and wields real federal power is always a winning strategy.


4 posted on 04/05/2012 3:43:12 PM PDT by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: SmithL
But Obama was making a political case, not a legal one,

Spin!

5 posted on 04/05/2012 3:44:02 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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To: SmithL

So now Republicans are going to tell us that the Supreme Count is a wonderful branch of government that must be respected at all cost.

Even though the Supreme Court has taken away prayer, murdered 60 million unborn, and legalized sodomy.

Sorry, that’s not going to get me to vote for Mitt.


6 posted on 04/05/2012 3:44:28 PM PDT by donna (Republicans won't change their ways until conservatives draw the line.)
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To: SmithL
Obama setting up Supreme Court as a campaign issue

Great idea...fight with a branch of the government who are appointed for life. WADDAPUTZ!!

7 posted on 04/05/2012 3:51:48 PM PDT by GoldenPup (Comrade "O" has got to GO!!)
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To: SmithL
1. Gays/DODT Repeal
2. Unions/NLRB attack on RTW
2. Hispanics (DOJ sues States)
3. Women/Fluke
4. Blacks/Trayvon
5. Socialists/Obamacare(SCOTUS)

I apologize for leaving about 15 more off the list

8 posted on 04/05/2012 3:52:08 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: SmithL

This is a rather problematic strategy, but if he wants to make this his fight, then by all means, let him give it a shot....

The tenure and authority of the Chief Justice transcends that of ANY President, and particularly one who has challenged the Supreme Court directly.

The history of FDR, the National Recovery Act, and the Supreme Court under Chief Justice Charles E. Hughes should provide a cautionary tale for the indolent, insolent Obama regime.

But of course, that probably does not mean a thing to the Current Occupant.


9 posted on 04/05/2012 3:54:23 PM PDT by alloysteel (It is hard to get a man to understand, when his pay depends upon his not understanding something.)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

Only the die hards will vote for Obama, thank goodness some of his past voters have woken up.


10 posted on 04/05/2012 3:55:28 PM PDT by dragonblustar (Allah Ain't So Akbar!)
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To: dragonblustar

His most powerful ‘base’ will be voter fraud in November.


11 posted on 04/05/2012 3:56:33 PM PDT by FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
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To: SmithL

He can do it. It’d be dumb, but he could do it. By and large most Americans want the Constitution to work and they know the Supreme Court must be able to strike down even popular legislation if it is unconstitutional. It is it’s most important function.

As for those that want Obama to be able to overturn the court, anyone that far gone is going to be an Obama voter anyhow, so this is not going to be an issue that gets him more votes.

What the issue does do, however, and this is something that might really blow up in the collective Liberal face, is increase the level of unease and alarm experienced by moderate professional Democrats who are content to consider themselves moderately progressive, but who consider themselves patriotic, go to church, run businesses, etc.

These are the people who are smart enough to understand that there is more at issue than just the healthcare question, and that Obama is taking liberties with his position as President by interjecting himself in improper areas or by ignoring Constitutionally allowed limitations.

The Supreme Court controversy would give Conservatives and Republicans a perfect opportunity to court away the same group of people that Reagan captured to wrest the Presidency away from Carter — but that’s assuming the Conservatives have a candidate they could support the way they supported Reagan.


12 posted on 04/05/2012 3:58:50 PM PDT by Ronin (Sarah.... We really need you now!)
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To: SmithL

All indications from every non Fox outlet is that Obama care is getting tossed!

:)


13 posted on 04/05/2012 3:59:53 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Anybody but Obama- because it's not always about me™. Now its about my nation and not my chastity)
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To: dragonblustar
Only the die hards will vote for Obama, thank goodness some of his past voters have woken up.

Sadly,I've gotta point out that you're in error here.The overwhelming majority of those who get any kind of a government check will vote for Osama.Of course that excludes many uniformed members of the Armed Forces...the ones that can get their absentee ballots counted,that is.

14 posted on 04/05/2012 4:00:37 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: dragonblustar

Sadly enough True Conservatives™ will not vote - that Obama will win.


15 posted on 04/05/2012 4:01:42 PM PDT by NoLibZone (Anybody but Obama- because it's not always about me™. Now its about my nation and not my chastity)
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To: SmithL
The emerging Democratic strategy to paint the court as extreme

And I would agree. The extreme leftist hag faction (Sotomayor, Ginsburg, & Kagan) is clearly overrepresented.

16 posted on 04/05/2012 4:01:59 PM PDT by BlatherNaut
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs
His most powerful ‘base’ will be voter fraud in November.

But thankfully that won't be possible now that voter ID is the law of the land.

17 posted on 04/05/2012 4:02:39 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: donna
Sorry, that’s not going to get me to vote for Mitt.

Preach on, sister. Anybody who thinks the Mittarded one is going to pack the Supremes with Originalists is sipping the GOPe koolaid.

18 posted on 04/05/2012 4:03:13 PM PDT by Sirius Lee (Sofa King Mitt Odd Did Obamneycare)
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To: NoLibZone
Sadly enough True Conservatives™ will not vote - that Obama will win.

I wonder if that falls under the old "all that's necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing".

19 posted on 04/05/2012 4:05:23 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: Timber Rattler
Maybe it is about time the SC had its own press spokesman? I mean Zero can attack them all day everyday and they will never call him on it that is why he does it.
20 posted on 04/05/2012 4:08:30 PM PDT by Americanexpat (Everytime I see that guy's face ot)
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To: donna
Sorry, that’s not going to get me to vote for Mitt.

Send me your e-mail address and I'll make sure that Osama Obama sends you his personal thanks for being such a wise and courageous American.I might even be able to get Bill Ayers to sign the note as well.

21 posted on 04/05/2012 4:10:10 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: SmithL
Obama is doing two things. First, he is using typical Alsinsky tactics in anticipation of Obamacare being tossed out. That is, vilify and discredit all political “enemies”. Second he is using conservative rhetoric to cofuse people about the issue of “jucdicial activism”. He is trying muddy the distinction between applying the Constitution as written to restrict government usurpations, and making up law based on “implied rights”, and “international norms”. If he can make people think its all the same thing, he can neutralize it as an issue.
22 posted on 04/05/2012 4:12:58 PM PDT by Hugin ("Most time a man'll tell you his bad intentions if you listen and let yourself hear"--Open Range)
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To: Americanexpat
Maybe it is about time the SC had its own press spokesman?

No,that's not their job...at least not while they're sitting on the bench.Defenders of our Constitutional system and/or retired members of the bench should be doing that.

23 posted on 04/05/2012 4:13:34 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: SmithL
I'm really, really looking forward to casting my vote against our ill-liberal president.
24 posted on 04/05/2012 4:17:05 PM PDT by Red Dog #1
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To: Gay State Conservative

Why don’t you use your energy to fight for conservatism instead of insulting me?

You roll over and show you belly to the enemy every 4-years. You need to stop surrendering in fear of Obama.

Obama has you wrapped around his little finger, LOL.


25 posted on 04/05/2012 4:19:16 PM PDT by donna (Republicans won't change their ways until conservatives draw the line.)
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To: alloysteel

I think he intends to say he needs to be re-elected to appoint “moderate” judges instead of more nasty conservatives.

Same argument Republicans are using just upside down.


26 posted on 04/05/2012 4:20:25 PM PDT by Kenny
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To: SmithL

I also think this was a stern warning to the Democrat Socialist sympathizers on the Court not to make this anything but a 5-4 decision.


27 posted on 04/05/2012 4:23:18 PM PDT by glennaro
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To: dragonblustar

If they have woken up, looking at Romney will put them right back to sleep.


28 posted on 04/05/2012 4:24:58 PM PDT by Ingtar
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To: SmithL

I think it’s clear that the administration has been tipped off as to the results. The Pubbies can’t make the accusation lest they are seen as interfering also. But - some enterprising muck raker who wants to make a name for themself should be able to follow the smoke here.


29 posted on 04/05/2012 4:27:58 PM PDT by capydick (''Life's tough.......it's even tougher if you're stupid.'')
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To: donna

“Obama has you wrapped around his little finger, LOL.”

so who is getting your vote in November, Donna?

yes, this country should be very afraid of 4 more years of BO.

Heaven help America.


30 posted on 04/05/2012 4:28:35 PM PDT by IWONDR
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To: sheikdetailfeather

Not even close. He’s making them a campaign issues so he can dissolve them, period. He holds nothing but contempt for any ‘judges’ who have more power than he does.


31 posted on 04/05/2012 4:30:06 PM PDT by rintense
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To: donna
Don't fall for the false equivalency Obama is setting up. Nulifying a law because it violates the Constitution is not the same as making up laws from whole cloth. Judicial activists read into the Constitution whatever words they need, to arive at the conclusions they want. The rest of us would need those special Franklin glasses (from National Treasure) to see what isn't there.


32 posted on 04/05/2012 4:33:31 PM PDT by USFRIENDINVICTORIA
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To: rintense

Supreme Contempt

Three branches of government become one as president becomes king.

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A 'Constitutional Scholar' Who Doesn't Understand the Constitution

Barack installs himself as head of all 3 branches of government.

After 3+ years, we have found that Obama's purpose and agenda did not fit the meaning of his words and promises. He always felt that the Supreme Court was inconsequential and Congress was just something to go around if one wanted real social justice.

So now President Trojan Horse, the former 'lecturer' on the Constitution at the University of Chicago, was forced on the defensive Wednesday and has set forth a 'good example' of judicial activism. He's disbanded the 'do-nothing' Congress and the nine Supremes.

The 'You'll Never Be Able To Go Back To Your Life As You've Known It' Act was signed into law by the all-infuriating Barry Jackwagon Obama who said that 'in order for all of us to get along and go along the three branches of the American government are hereby decreed to be headed by the Jug Eared CinC Cipher who resides in the Oval Office.'

With his new authority the Supreme Ruler commanded it 'a duly constituted and passed law' of the land.

Barry admitted his first big premeditated lie to the American people was when he took the oath of office... to uphold and defend the Constitution. He said it was a 'major lie.' Then the all- knowing and sensing president also muttered something to the effect that his entire life has been leading up to this revolutionary moment and that resistance was futile... The planned hell-holes you all will eventually end up in don't allow vacations or SUV's...

He's doing whatever he wants with impunity and he knows that no one is going to call him on it.

Where can I get myself an official Obama Dictator flag. Do they sell them on his website?


33 posted on 04/05/2012 4:34:08 PM PDT by BobP (The piss-stream media - Never to be watched again in my house)
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To: donna
Obama has you wrapped around his little finger, LOL.

Somehow I doubt that.After all I assure you that it will be a snowy day in July before he ever sends *me* a thank you note for *anything*.

ANYTHING!

34 posted on 04/05/2012 4:36:33 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: alloysteel

Is he trying Chicago tactics on the Supremes - hoping one or two will retire and give him another shot at loading the Court with more liberals??


35 posted on 04/05/2012 4:52:32 PM PDT by sodpoodle (Newtrition - soul food for a starving America.)
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To: FedsRStealingOurCountryFromUs

Bingo. He’s energizing each segment of his base to GOTV come November.


36 posted on 04/05/2012 4:58:37 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: Timber Rattler
Yeah, picking a fight with a co-equal branch of government that possesses and wields real federal power is always a winning strategy.

This piece of garbage King Obama thinks he is dictator already. And damn near is since he has bought much of the election now.

37 posted on 04/05/2012 5:00:32 PM PDT by Logical me
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To: SmithL
taking a political page from Republicans who have long railed against liberal judges who don't vote their way

So, is Anne Geran showing mere cluelessness about the substance of Republican complaints about liberal judges who legislate from the bench instead of weighing the law against the Constitution, or is she deliberately misrepresenting their position?

(That's a rhetorical question only - since the source is the AP, it goes without saying that the author is both clueless and deliberately misrepresenting the goals of Republicans.)

38 posted on 04/05/2012 5:04:19 PM PDT by Zeppo ("Happy Pony is on - and I'm NOT missing Happy Pony")
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To: IWONDR

See, take that attack to the enemy - or, are you here to attack conservatives because they are you enemy?


39 posted on 04/05/2012 5:11:25 PM PDT by donna (Republicans won't change their ways until conservatives draw the line.)
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To: USFRIENDINVICTORIA

And yet all we hear are Republicans defending the Supreme Court. Funny how that happens, isn’t it?

The Republicans need to lead on these issues instead of following Obama’s lead - perhaps the RINO’s like Obama’s path, hmmm?

P.S. I’ll never vote for Mitt.


40 posted on 04/05/2012 5:16:58 PM PDT by donna (Republicans won't change their ways until conservatives draw the line.)
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To: SmithL
But Obama was making a political case, not a legal one,

When I saw the video of Obama's comments, my impression was not that he was trying to intimidate the conservative wing but that he was warning his justices not to embarrass him by making it a 6/3 or a 7/2 decision.

He was saying he did not want any defections from his side because that would kill his plan to pretend that a biased court had given him a bum decision.

41 posted on 04/05/2012 5:20:19 PM PDT by oldbrowser (They are Marxists, don't call them democrats)
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To: alloysteel

FDR was faced with a unanimous court in Shechter vs US which gave him a real uphill struggle on stacking the court, a move too destructive of the Constitution for most Americans at that time even with FDR’s popularity. We dodged the socialist bullet then but still lost ground in the long run.

Now Obama has four firm votes for his Marxist agenda and only needs one more. Running against the court is easier when you can point to angry dissenting opinions from the fab four. Even Kennedy is fond of interpreting laws using foreign precedent.

Obama needs a better economy or the appearance of such. The MSM will paint a picture of health care disasters if the mandate is overturned. The NYT has already begun, providing talking points for our political pundits.


42 posted on 04/05/2012 5:39:09 PM PDT by JimSEA
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To: SmithL; All

43 posted on 04/05/2012 5:58:45 PM PDT by potlatch
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To: SmithL; Nachum; Forty-Niner; freekitty; MamaDearest; tgusa; ElkGroveDan; rodguy911; exit82

In my opinion, the campaign issue for all Amerika is whether or not ObamaCare/DeathCare is the next Holocaust.

DeathPanels, Rationing, lies and more lies:

http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?v=HcBaSP31Be8&vg=medium

Americans can decide and then bend over and kiss their freedom and possibly their lives goodbye???


44 posted on 04/05/2012 6:35:08 PM PDT by ExTexasRedhead
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To: Gay State Conservative

“all that’s necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing”.

Or having two evils run against each other.


45 posted on 04/05/2012 6:38:34 PM PDT by ScottfromNJ
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To: ScottfromNJ
Or having two evils run against each other.

*Equally* evil?

46 posted on 04/05/2012 6:42:25 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Jimmy Carter Is No Longer The Worst President To Have Served In My Lifetime.)
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To: ExTexasRedhead

I so agree.


47 posted on 04/05/2012 7:23:08 PM PDT by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote; then find me a real conservative to vote for)
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To: BenLurkin; SmithL

48 posted on 04/05/2012 7:32:32 PM PDT by 4Liberty (88% of Americans are NON-UNION. We value honest, peaceful Free trade-NOT protectionist CARTELS)
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To: SmithL

There can only be One El SupremO...


49 posted on 04/05/2012 8:01:35 PM PDT by mikrofon ("We don' need no steenkin' Court!")
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