Tuesday was the oral argument in the Hobby Lobby case, so some of the far right members of Congress decided to get up and spew some nonsense about the case and about Obamacare in general. Michele Bachmann’s contribution was a rambling, paranoid diatribe about how Obama was going to deny life-saving drugs to her.
“That is government enforced coercion on religious belief,” Bachmann complained. “And it varies at caprice and whim. That’s one thing under the rule of law that has been a pillar of American exceptionalism, the fact that under the rule of law there is certainty for the American people.”
That is some Palin-level word salad there. What the hell is the phrase “American exceptionalism” doing in that paragraph? Again, it’s like a game of Wingnut Madlibs as they try to incorporate every catchphrase they’ve memorized, with the result being gibberish.
“If you looked at the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution, you knew with certainty when you woke up tomorrow morning that your religious liberties were intact,” she continued. “Now, apparently today, the gentlemen was in the chamber and heard that, according to at least one Supreme Court justice, in her opinion, they aren’t so much certain anymore.”
“It is not at only the election of the court, but at the election of the unnamed bureaucrat that decides, today we will have these killer drugs that we mandate. Tomorrow, what drugs will they take off the list? Will I not get life-saving drugs that I need to get?”
Bachmann went on to suggest that “only politically-connected best friends” of President Obama’s administration would receive certain surgical procedures in the future.“We don’t know!” she insisted. “That means that the president and his administration wins their religious liberty, and the right to force their religious views down the throats of the American people… It’s unlike anything we have ever seen before in the history of the United States of America.”
Try to follow the slippery slope here. The administration says that one of the most basic components of women’s health care must be covered by health insurance policies because — get this — it will make people healthier. Bachmann leaps from that to this bizarre idea that they will also deny medical care to their political enemies. Never mind that it would be political suicide to do it. Never mind that these are private insurance companies. Never mind that no court would allow that. They’ll make any argument, no matter how utterly idiotic it is, if it serves their agenda.
Louis Gohmert joined in too:
For his part, Gohmert said he was just thankful that there were still conservative Supreme Court justices on the bench who could rule against the Obama administration’s contraception mandate.
“God bless Justice Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas,” Gohmert said. “It is extraordinary if you spend time with Justice Thomas, you find out just how brilliant he is. He didn’t need Affirmative Action to get him into Yale Law School.”
Actually, he did. As I’ve said many times, Thomas is a textbook example of the success of affirmative action. You take a really smart kid from a very disadvantaged background and you give them a chance to compete with the best and the brightest and they often succeed incredibly well. Thomas did exactly that. But if he didn’t need it to get in to Yale, he would have gotten in without it. And he didn’t.