Voldemort is polling better than many Republican presidential candidates http://t.co/yRDqJn3pDb
— Chris Blattman (@cblatts) June 9, 2015
To be fair, Voldemort has a longer track record than most of the GOP field. https://t.co/yXD4zuTnEv
— Daniel Drezner (@dandrezner) June 9, 2015
Dana Milbank, at the Washington Post, on (what he perceives as) the latest eleven-dimensional chess game:
President Obama uttered more than 3,600 words on the stage of Washington’s Marriott Wardman Park ballroom on Tuesday, but his message could be summed up in three: You wouldn’t dare.
He was speaking not to the hundreds of hospital administrators assembled for the Catholic Health Association’s conference but to five men not in the room: the conservative justices of the Supreme Court, who in the next 21 days will declare whether they are invalidating the most far-reaching legislation in at least a generation because of one vague clause tucked in its 2,000 pages.
Obama’s appeal to the justices, devotees of judicial modesty all: Do they really wish to cause the massive societal upheaval that would come from killing a law that is now a routine part of American life?
“Five years in, what we are talking about is no longer just a law. It’s no longer just a theory. It isn’t even just about the Affordable Care Act or Obamacare,” he said. “This is now part of the fabric of how we care for one another. This is health care in America.”…
…[I]t’s difficult to imagine the Supreme Court justices taking away health coverage for 6 million or 7 million Americans, causing costs to skyrocket for millions of others, and likely plunging the entire American health-care system into chaos. That’s not just judicial activism — it would be a judicially induced cataclysm…
As a devout Cynic, I think it’s a question of whether Chief Justice Roberts chooses to listen to the GOP robber barons who don’t want the current (comparatively) business-friendly ACA overturned, or his fellows on the Supreme Court (and/or Opus Dei) who get a deeply personal pleasure from seeing other people suffer. Which is more powerful, lucre or lust?
Apart from contemplating the despair of vast wickedness, what’s on the agenda for the day?