Professor Althouse, at the time made the case that the New York Times sought to portray John Roberts as a gay man. The Times will editorialize about gay rights but if necessary even the very gay staff at the Times will gay-bait.
Is there any doubt that Barack Obama would gay-bait to save himself? Anyone with doubts about narcissist Obama trashing those who stand in his way were also likely surprised by the latest Tom Cruise divorce. In the past Barack Obama has gay-bashed in order to save his political skin. In order to save himself now Barack Obama would trash the Chief Justice on being gay whether or not it is true.
We certainly hope that no one is so naive as to think that if the Obama health scam had been struck down by the Supreme Court that Obama’s henchmen would restrict themselves to arcane and barely understood Constitutional arguments about the Commerce Clause, the Necessary and Proper Clause or the Tax Power. Obama’s political history is one we have discussed many times before and it is ugly. The go to sources for Barack Obama’s campaigns are always the trash dumpster of sex, scandal, innuendo, and planted stories.
The trash dumpster, including adoption records, was about to be dumped on Chief Justice Roberts head. Whatever had to be done would be done.
Obama was in a lose/lose situation. The priority for Obama, as usual, was himself. Obama did not want to suffer a personal loss even if he took whatever is left of the Dimocratic Party with him on his “victory”.
Obama did understand that a “victory” in the high court would provide more propulsive power to the opposition. But Obama also knew that despite all the brave talk from his campaign a ruling of “unconstitutional” would have finished off his presidency and ruined him personally as a loser.
This does not mean that Obama would have gone quietly into the darkness if the Supreme Court red-stamped “unconstitutional” on the health scam. The Barack Obama henchmen would have gone nuclear against the Supreme Court.
Why would Obama go nuclear even if he lost everything in a ruling throwing out ObamaCare? Perhaps firebombing Roberts and the court might might might salvage his miniscule reelection chances. Perhaps by nuking the court and Roberts vengeance would be served. The left would join Obama in the destruction of Roberts and the court at least in fear of what Roberts has planned for the next term of the court.
As head of the Judicial Branch of the tripartite government John Roberts had his own calculations to make.
John Roberts could simply have led the court in a 5-4 majority striking down the Obamination root, trunk, and branches. The Commerce Clause, the Necessary and Proper Clause would both be eviscerated and the tax power ruled not germane. After such a wonderful ruling Roberts would then have to hunker down and prepare for attacks on himself personally and the Supreme Court institutionally.
A 5-4 ruling against ObamaCare could be followed by more 5-4 rulings to complete the Roberts agenda (described in Part I). But that would come at a great price politically. And what would happen if Obama won reelection by a sustained attack on the court in a fear and smear campaign?
Okay, Friday night. Let's do movies. "Goon."
If you don't like sports movies, you may not care for this one.
"Goon" is about hockey. And about a lot more.
It's a really good film and what holds it together is Seann William Scott who plays Doug. Doug is a bouncer. And his best friend does a sports show and his brother and father are doctors. He doesn't feel like he has anything.
He and his friend go to a hockey game and the guy that gets tossed into the penalty box is cussing and Doug's friend is giving him a hard time and he yells out the f-word and Doug, offended, says, "My brother is gay." And he and the guy get into it with Doug punching him out. He then gives him a chance to take back his remarks. When he doesn't, Doug knocks him out.
A hockey coach sees it and decides to recruit Doug. Even though Doug can't skate. And his playing isn't so great. But Doug Glatt's great at taking out players.
And along the way, he meets Eva (Alison Pill). And Doug who's only really got his friend and his brother who appreciates him finds someone who really believes in him.
Best line of the movie is when she realizes she loves Doug and comes rushing up crying. He asks her, "What happened? Did you just watch 'Rudy'?"
If you can take a sports movie (I like them but I know some people don't), this is one you should really check out.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"