This is the big week for U.S. Supreme Court rulings. The two biggest left for the court this term are the Arizona illegal alien law and Obamacare. I know which way I want those to go, but I have no predictions on the directions the court will take, just a few observations before the crap hits the fan.
Can we wait until the actual decisions are handed down before labeling them as corrupt, partisan, illegitimate, the spawn of Satan, and whatever other despicable adjective can be conjured up? Hahaha...trick question. But really, I'm both amazed and disgusted at the preemptive strikes that have been coming from Democrats for months now, many of them brutally dishonest. Let's see what they actual rulings are before criticizing them. I know, that's just cah-razy talk.
The hysteria over partisanship on the court strikes me as pretty much infantile. If the court was led by a majority of five liberal Democrats, Democratic hacks would be solemnly intoning about the need to respect the court as a critical institution of our government(which it is) and it would be Republican hacks screaming that the court was illegitimate. To be clear here, I think most people on either side are not hacks, it's just that both sides have unprincipled and very loud voices that are motivated purely by partisan interests. When the court agrees with them it is good and wise. When it hands down a ruling they hate, the court is downright evil. It astonishes me at times how such blatantly unserious people are taken so seriously.
I've seen a lot of talk about Bush v. Gore proving the current court's illegitimacy. The reality that many Democrats and hardcore progressives refuse to see is that Bush v. Gore was only necessary because an openly partisan and Democratic Florida Supreme Court intervened in the recount in an attempt to steal the election for Al Gore. Yes, I wrote that and I mean it. Al Gore and the Democratic Party of Florida shamelessly tried to steal the election with selective recounts in party controlled counties and ridiculously transparent attempts to divine voter intent to Al Gore's favor. They were aided and abetted in that disgraceful effort by the Florida Supreme Court and the U.S. Supreme Court slapped them down, as it had every right and obligation to do. Funny how that aspect of Bush v. Gore never seems to come up.
I want to see Arizona's law upheld, but I know it has flaws and I admit the federalism issues are not so clear cut. I can see the court handing down a decision that seems like a victory for the Obama administration, but is really a long-term victory for federalism. We'll see.
One thing for sure, it's going to hit the fan this week.