The Ed Show | April 05, 2012
>>> 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, for years what we've heard is the biggest problem on the bench was judicial activism or a lack of judicial strength.
>> the president unleashed a for rant attacks by the right wing. senate majority leader mitch mcconnell said, president obama tried to intim date the supreme court before a decision has been made. he went on to say, i would suggest the president back off. jim demeant echoed the governor of his state, nikki haley , calling the president a bully. and, of course, karl rove didn't want to be left out of the action. he chimed in on lou dobbs show last night.
>> this is a bad way to start off, looking like you're a political thug at the white house threatening the supreme court .
>> so let me get this straight. you have the guy who said his top priority was to make president obama a one-term president, you have jim waterlook demint and you have the brains behind the worst presidency all criticizing the president for standing up for health care reforms to help millions of americans? don't you think that's about as low as it gets and as weak as it gets politically? but it sure is orchestrated. i'm joined by david corn , columnist for politicsdaily.com and author of the new book called "showdown." great to have you with us. these coordinated attacks all had to say something about this at the same time. but isn't the supreme court decision coming up, giving the republicans an opportunity to take whacks at the president, that's really what they want?
>> when you say can it get lower? it can. when george w. bush was president he called judicial activism a threat. tom delay when he was house majority leader held justice sunday which was geared at judicial activists on the court. so the republican party for years, as the president and others have noted, have decry what they see as judicial activism and intimidate justice. so what the president did, whether it was called for or not, is certainly not exceptional when you look at the history of politicians dealing with the courts.
>> but the president said directly to -- i want to remind conservative commentators. he has heard the litany of their talk in the past about how it's all judicial activism .
>> he gave them a dose of their own medicine. do you really think he's concerned that he might influence the court because he's so popular?
>> i find it inconceivable that whatever the president says can have an impact on these folks who have lifetime jobs and who are dealing with one of the most significant, historic cases in decades, if not centuries. and they know what's at stake. they don't have to be reminded by the president. most of these people were on the court during bush v. gore . they know what can happen. the president was asked, do you think this is constitutional? what's he going to say? i think my law is unconstitutional? of course he said it was constitutional. and it's a pretty split decision on the conservative side you have people like lawrence silverman, a very conservative federal court -- a federal judge here in washington. you have charles freed who used to be solicitor general for the republicans. all conservatives saying that this law is constitutional and you have other conservatives who say it isn't. so it seems to be a close call . and if it's a close call , shouldn't judicial restraint , what we keep hearing from conservatives for decades, be the -- be what breaks the tie?
>> well, it's a big play by the supreme court . no doubt it's going to affect millions of americans. the common good, i keep going back to that in the constitution, the talk of the written word of the common good, it's going to hurt a lot of people if they reverse this. i hope the president keeps talking about it as often as he possibly can. david corn , thank you.
>> thanks, ed.
>> you bet.
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