Thursday, January 28, 2010

SOTU: Obama Gives Supremes a Tongue Lashing. Alito Reacts. (Video)

In his State of the Union speech, the post-partisan Obama blasted the conservative majority of the Supreme Court for their bad Citizens United v. FEC ruling. This was the decision that overturned a century of precedents and transformed the conservative justices into what the Right likes to call: "activist judges." Obama called on Congress to overturn the ruling. If only he'd do this sort of thing more often.

Justice Alito broke yet another precedent by expressing his disagreement. Rachel Maddow says Alito's disagreement amounts to "heckling." Heh. The Justices are so bound by the rule of impartiality that they do not even applaud at the SOTU. It's the solemn tradition. Alito squirmed, shook his head and mouthed "not true." Watch it: (And see a close-up of Alito's "heckling" in a video narrated by Rachel Maddow. McCain was mouthing off too.)

"Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests - including foreign companies - to spend without limit in our elections. Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, and worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong."