by the Left Coast Rebel
Do Chicago thug tactics and approach work in the House Chamber during a State of the Union speech? Do we have a historical precedent to even compare Obama's behaviour too - to call out the Supreme Court of the United States regarding a recently handed down decision that 'you don't like'? Do we not see that this man, if capable of doing just that, will never 'reach for the center' of American politics and must be defeated hook line and sinker? Like I said in a previous post, has a United States President ever stepped over the boundaries of decorum and traditional governance like this in American history? I don't think so and if you know of an instance, I'd sure like to know.
Tell me when a President scolded the Supreme Court like this:
Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests — including foreign corporations — to spend without limit in our elections. Well, I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that's why I'm urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong.Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit answers the question on the historical aspect of this:
And from Prof. Randy Barnett:
In the history of the State of the Union has any President ever called out the Supreme Court by name, and egged on the Congress to jeer a Supreme Court decision, while the Justices were seated politely before him surrounded by hundreds [of] Congressmen? To call upon the Congress to countermand (somehow) by statute a constitutional decision, indeed a decision applying the First Amendment? What can this possibly accomplish besides alienating Justice Kennedy who wrote the opinion being attacked. Contrary to what we heard during the last administration, the Court may certainly be the object of presidential criticism without posing any threat to its independence. But this was a truly shocking lack of decorum and disrespect towards the Supreme Court for which an apology is in order. A new tone indeed.