"Suck on that, Supremes!"

The Brown victory over Coakley has reignited an interest in politics for me; I don't know how long it will last. For the first time in many years, I watched the SOTU instead of American Idol.

One part that struck me was this surreal scene in which the POTUS shames the Supreme Court in front of the entire audience:

Edit: Here's Randy Barnett's take:

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 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.

When people begin to speak with, "No offense, but..." what they actually intend to say is offensive. When Obama says, "With all due deference to separation of powers...." what he actually means is, "Screw this separation of powers stuff."

Every time I listen to Obama, he speaks as if the Presidency is an Emperorship.

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More evidence that Obama is

More evidence that Obama is just not all that smart. As Instapundit writes:

And that will step on Obama’s press tonight and tomorrow, turning his demagoguery into a negative for him. That’s why Presidents usually act Presidential. Not so much because it’s dignified. But because it’s smart. That’s something that Obama, with his limited experience on the national stage, hasn’t figured out yet.

Well, not exactly because of his limited experience. Obama has at least as much experience as Instapundit and yet Instapundit gets it. Instapundit is right that what Obama said is not smart. He's wrong about why Obama said it. Not because he lacks experience, but because he hasn't learned from it.


Why can't this President realize that the doctrine of Separation of

Roe v Wade.

Powers means a President should never criticize a Supreme Court decision?

Roe v. Wade.

Indeed, for a President to exercise his free-speech rights and do so

Roe v. Wade.

would be the worst form of tyranny imaginable.

Roe v Wade was decided in

Roe v Wade was decided in 1973. I don't know the facts myself, 1973 being a bit before my time, but I will take your word for it that President Nixon criticized the decision. While you may be right that Obama did what Nixon did (and one wonders what other parallels there may yet lie between Obama and Nixon), I think that a comparison with Nixon is perhaps not exactly strong evidence in favor of Obama's behavior.

Whoops, I was a bit too

Whoops, I was a bit too hasty in taking the word of nobody really. From Wikipedia:

It was during the Nixon Presidency that the Supreme Court issued its Roe v. Wade ruling, legalizing abortion. First Lady Pat Nixon had been outspoken about her support for legalized abortion, a goal for many feminists (though there was a significant pro-life minority faction of the Women's Liberation Movement as well). Nixon himself did not speak out publicly on the abortion issue, but was personally pro-choice, and believed that, in certain cases such as rape, or an interracial child, abortion was an option.[104]

So, no, in fact Nixon agreed with the decision, at least if the unborn baby was of mixed race.

I too watched the speech for

I too watched the speech for the first time in years, although that's mostly because my current roommate is more into politics than me. Two completely trivial observations:

  1. Politicians look much worse in HD (which many people have noted before)
  2. The setting looks much better in HD. Seriously, the wood, the marble, that silver thing that was behind Obama, all looked gorgeous. That's probably a bad thing, all things said, but it really struck me.

Was the Constitution designed to give the SC the final say

in all legal matters or did Adams and the rest screw up?

You all pleased that the ChiComs can now legally buy our Congress with our trillion dollars by using American companies which they own?

You all pleased that the

You all pleased that the ChiComs can now legally buy our Congress with our trillion dollars by using American companies which they own?

I know I am.

I cant wait for the Chinese Repo men to show up.

At least he didn't make an FDR out of himself

At least he didn't pull an FDR and have their legs broken.