Juan Williams slams Supreme Court ahead of ObamaCare decision
With the impending decision on ObamaCare, the Left is already trying to knock the Supreme Court. For example, Juan Williams, a frequent contributor on Fox News, explained yesterday in The Hill that, if they do strike down ObamaCare, the Court will be betraying the trust of voters:
Every political strategist working the fall elections sees a game changer coming by the end of the month.
That’s when the Supreme Court rules on the constitutionality of President Obama’s signature legislative accomplishment, the Affordable Care Act.
The Democrats have a nuclear option in this political game if the high court throws out the healthcare law as unconstitutional.
the heart of any attack on the Supreme Court for derailing healthcare reform will come from Obama.
After oral arguments at the Supreme Court, he signaled his willingness to target the court’s conservative majority during the presidential campaign. Obama told reporters that if the court overturns “a duly constituted and passed law,” the justices will be guilty of “judicial activism.” With words that sounded like a threat he added: “I’m pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step.”
The hardball political fact is that attacking the court will help the president’s campaign and it will damage the court for years to come.
A CBS News/New York Times poll released last week shows most Americans already believe the ruling on healthcare reform will be based on justices’ personal and political views. According to the survey, 55 percent of Americans believe the justices’ political ties will play a role in the healthcare decision.
An earlier CBS/New York Times poll from this month found an overwhelming majority of Americans, 76 percent, said the personal and political views of the Supreme Court justices influence their decisions in all cases — not just healthcare. The same poll found that 60 percent of Americans now believe that lifetime appointments for Supreme Court justices are a “bad thing.”
The bottom line is that public confidence in the Supreme Court, after controversial and political decisions in Bush v. Gore and Citizens United, is the most fragile it has been in a generation. And remember, the same polls have shown most Americans are not convinced the healthcare reform law is a good idea.
Yes, it’s true that some recent polls have showed that the Supreme Court has become increasing political; though I would challenge Williams to actually, you know, crack open a history book to see that this isn’t exactly new. Courts have come up with half-cocked legal theories that deferr to Congress or imposed some sort of “rational-basis test” that so that they do not get too involved in heated legal or constitutional issues. Over the years, especially if there was some sort of ideological agreement with an administration, Courts have largely given into what they want. The “switch in time that saved nine” that enabled Franklin D. Roosevelt’s second round of New Deal legislation to remain law was entirely political.
Of course, Williams does give a passing mention to polls showing that voters believe ObamaCare isn’t a good idea. But those polls are hard not to notice and deserve more than just a brief mention. The most recent poll that I saw showed that 68% of Americans want all or part of the ObamaCare overturned.
If the Supreme Court does strike down all or part of ObamaCare, which appears likely, expect to hear more of this as the Left tries to pressure and intimidation of Justices. Unfortunately, that’s all they seem to know these days.