Laurence Tribe takes spinning so far, it’s fair to call it rank dishonesty:
There has never been any doubt that President Obama fully accepts the Supreme Court’s authority to render a definitive ruling on the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
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The “unprecedented, extraordinary” step he noted the justices would be taking if they were to overturn the Affordable Care Act was, of course, not the step of exercising judicial review, as the court has done ever since Marbury v. Madison in 1803, but the step of second-guessing congressional judgments about how best to regulate a vast segment of the national economy.
That is a lie and Laurence Tribe is a liar. Here’s what Obama actually said:
Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.
I have now watched Jeff Toobin on CNN, Eric Holder in a letter to the Fifth Circuit, and now Laurence Tribe all pretend Obama said something other than what he actually said. Perhaps this makes sense if your world view privileges subjective and secret intentions over the plain meanings of words — and if you were inclined to give Obama the benefit of the doubt, which I doubt any conservative does. After all, Obama did later issue a “clarification” which was fairly different from what he initially said.
But in my world view, words mean things. And what Obama said is clear. And I’m getting more than a little sick and tired of people pretending he said something other than he said.
If someone wants to admit he screwed up in his initial statement, and argue that his clarification was the accurate statement, great. But instead they’re pretending that he never suggested his law was beyond judicial review. Our lapdogs in the media need to stop treating this like a “he said she said” issue and call him on it.
Why are you lying to the public, Laurence Tribe?