The President cries ‘judicial activism!” Lays groundwork for Court intimidation scheme

The President took to the Rose Garden yesterday to say that the Supreme Court will not overturn his administration’s signature legislative accomplishment. Or rather, he said they had better not overturn it, otherwise, they were being nothing more than the judicial activists the right has long complained of:

Overturning the law would be “an unprecedented, extraordinary step” since it was passed by a majority of members in the House and Senate,” he said. “I just remind conservative commentators that for years we’ve heard that the biggest problem is judicial activism or a lack of judicial restraint. That a group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law. Well, this is a good example. And I’m pretty confident that this court will recognize that and not take that step.”

Putting aside Sen. Obama’s embrace of judicial activism when it suited his ideological purposes, my old friend Roger Pilon of the Cato Institute offers a neat retort to Mr. Obama:

The irony in this posturing by Obama and others on the Left is rich, of course. They’re the ones who’ve promoted genuine judicial activism for 75 years – first urging the Court to find powers nowhere granted, then to find rights nowhere held or recognized. And now, when the Court looks at last like it may be taking the Constitution seriously, they scream “judicial activism”?! Please.

It all depends upon the context.

Last weekend on “The Score” radio show, Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and I discussed the Supreme Court hearings on Obamacare and the idea that those on the left might be mounting a Court intimidation campaign.

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