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Republican Hypocrisy on Obama’s Judicial Review Attack

Republican Hypocrisy on Obama’s Judicial Review Attack April 6, 2012

I slammed President Obama the other day — and rightly so — for his statement that it would be “unprecedented” and “extraordinary” for the Supreme Court to overturn a law passed by a legislative majority, precisely because it echoed the inane and idiotic attacks from Republicans in the past. Naturally, those Republicans are now throwing a fit over Obama saying the same thing they always say. And Fox News, unsurprisingly, is giving them a megaphone without bothering to point that out.

But Sen. Orrin Hatch, R-Utah, top Republican on the Senate Finance Committee, called it a “fantasy” to think “every law you like is constitutional and every Supreme Court decision you don’t is ‘activist.'”

“Judicial activism or restraint is not measured by which side wins but by whether the Court correctly applied the law,” he said…

Rep. Lamar Smith, R-Texas, chairman of the House Judiciary Committee, agreed.

“Nothing could be more appropriate for the Supreme Court to decide than whether a bill is constitutional or not,” he told Fox News Radio.

Smith said he was “disappointed” by the president’s remarks.

“It is not unprecedented at all for the Supreme Court to declare a law unconstitutional; they do that on a regular basis so it’s not unprecedented at all,” he said. “What is unprecedented is for the president of the United States trying to intimidate the Supreme Court.”

Now this is just funny. I can criticize Obama for what he said because I criticized these demagogues when they said the same thing over and over again. But now suddenly the Republicans, who have spent decades ranting ignorantly about unelected tyrants in black robes subverting democracy, are posing as defenders of the court? That’s even more ridiculous than what Obama said.

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