Watching the Republicans break their ankles trying to do an abrupt about-face and suddenly wax eloquent about their deep and abiding love of the federal courts in response to Obama’s recent statements on the health care reform case is bad enough, but the true idiocy is found in the repeated declaration that Obama is trying to “intimidate” the Supreme Court in the case.
Republican politicians have made that claim repeatedly. Ed Meese, of all people, has said it.
“I think he is trying to intimidate the court, or at least trying to in effect rile up the public against the court — if they should make a decision which is constitutional, and which is adverse to him,” declared Meese in an exclusive interview on Wednesday. “I think that’s why he’s doing it.”
Seriously, from the people who threw a temper tantrum — and continue to throw one — over Roe v Wade? Who are still complaining about the Supreme Court taking prayer out of schools? Who are still freaking out over the rulings on flag burning and state sodomy laws? The people who have actually submitted bills to strip the court of jurisdiction to hear church/state cases? The people who have openly fantasized, as Newt Gingrich did during the campaign, about Congress being able to haul justices before the court to demand explanations for rulings they don’t like, and even send federal marshals to arrest judges to force them to testify?
Anyone remember Tom DeLay? When federal judges refused to intervene in the Terri Schiavo case, he threw a fit and said, “Judges need to be intimidated … we’re going to go after them big time.”