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Supreme Court Chumps

Jun30

By John Feehery

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“SCOTUSbuilding 1st Street SE” by 350z33 at English Wikipedia. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

It took nine decades for Congress and the states to amend the Constitution to allow for the direct election of U.S. senators.

It took only a few years–and a couple of months before the Supreme Court–for control of congressional redistricting to be taken away from politicians and put directly into the hands of the people.

Of course, there was no formal constitutional amendment in the Arizona redistricting case–just enough votes at the Supreme Court to make it happen without a long, arduous public discussion. (more…)

On Chris Christie

Jun30

By John Feehery

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“Chris Christie by Gage Skidmore” by Gage Skidmore. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

I am excited about Chris Christie entering the Presidential field.

Not as excited as I was when I said on CNN after his reelection as Governor of New Jersey that he was the front-runner for the GOP nomination.

Christie swept into office, winning votes in all kinds of places, including among blacks, Hispanics, gays, and even Protestants.

That, of course, was before Bridge-gate revealed its ugly head. (more…)

Winning By Losing

Jun27

By John Feehery

Supporters of marriage between a man and a woman rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court early on June 26. Reuters

Supporters of marriage between a man and a woman rally in front of the U.S. Supreme Court early on June 26. Reuters

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

Conservatives may be furious with the Supreme Court, but the court did the Republican Party two big favors this week.

With the justices ending debate over the legality of same-sex marriage and the constitutionality of Obamacare, the GOP won by losing.

Polls show that acceptance of gay marriage has been climbing for the past decade. For Republicans to fall on their swords in a losing battle would have a huge distraction for a divided party. (more…)

To Repeal Obamacare, You Need to Replace It

Jun25

By John Feehery

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“Supreme Court US 2010″ by Steve Petteway, Collection of the Supreme Court of the United States – Roberts Court (2010-) – The Oyez Project. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

(This originally appeared in the Wall Street Journal’s Think Tank)

The Roberts Court has ruled twice that the Affordable Care Act is constitutional. So that debate is pretty much over. The law isn’t going to be thrown out by the judicial branch. The legislative branch better get to work if it wants to see it removed.

You can’t beat something with nothing. If Republicans want to repeal Obamacare, they need to replace it with something that works better, that is easier to understand, and that will lead to better prices and higher quality for consumers. (more…)

Jindal’s Run

Jun25

By John Feehery

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“Bobby Jindal CPAC 2013 B” by Gage Skidmore – Flickr: Bobby Jindal. Licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

Bobby Jindal will not win the Presidency a year from next November.

His campaign for the White House probably won’t last the summer.

He barely registers more than a blip on the national polls and it’s hard to know exactly where he is going to get enough money to run a decent campaign.

Yet, his entry into the race is still historically significant. (more…)

 

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