Valerie Jarrett’s New Supreme Court – Two Down and Two To Go…
EXCERPT (via Washington Post)
Sotomayor, Kagan ready for battlesFor a quarter-century, Antonin Scalia has been the reigning bully of the Supreme Court, but finally a couple of justices are willing to face him down.
…The styles of the two Obama appointees are different. Sotomayor is blunt and caustic, repeatedly interrupting. In an opinion this week, she harshly criticized a Texas prosecutor for a racist line of questioning. She has been on the interview circuit publicizing her memoir.
Both are more forceful than the Clinton appointees, the amiable Breyer and the frail Ruth Bader Ginsburg. The two new justices are sending a message to the court’s conservative majority: You may have the votes, but you’re going to have a fight.
…Wednesday’s voting rights case was typical. Surprisingly, the five conservative justices seemed willing to strike down a landmark civil rights law (the provision that gives extra scrutiny to states with past discrimination) that was renewed with near-unanimous votes in Congress. Conservative jurists usually claim deference to the elected branches, but in this case they look an awful lot like activist judges legislating from the bench.
Sotomayor allowed the lawyer for the Alabama county seeking to overturn the law to get just four sentences into his argument before interrupting him. “Assuming I accept your premise — and there’s some question about that — that some portions of the South have changed, your county pretty much hasn’t,” she charged. “Why would we vote in favor of a county whose record is the epitome of what caused the passage of this law to start with?”
Moments later, Kagan pointed out that “Alabama has no black statewide elected officials” and has one of the worst records of voting rights violations.
Scalia and Justice Samuel Alito tried to assist the Alabama county’s lawyer by offering some friendly hypotheticals, but Sotomayor wasn’t interested in hearing that. “The problem with those hypotheticals is obvious,” she said, because “it’s a real record as to what Alabama has done to earn its place on the list.”
Sotomayor continued questioning as if she were the only jurist in the room. “Discrimination is discrimination,” she informed him, “and what Congress said is it continues.”
At one point, Justice Anthony Kennedy tried to quiet her. “I would like to hear the answer to the question,” he said. The lawyer got out a few more sentences — and then Kagan broke in.
Sotomayor continued to pipe up, even when Solicitor General Donald Verrilli was defending the Voting Rights Act — at one point breaking in as Alito was attempting to speak. Chief Justice John Roberts overruled her. “Justice Alito,” he directed.
Scalia was not about to surrender his title of worst-behaved justice. He mocked the civil rights law as he questioned the government lawyer. “Even the name of it is wonderful,” he said. “The Voting Rights Act: Who is going to vote against that?” (Verrilli cautioned him not to ignore actual votes of Congress in favor of “motive analysis.”)
But Scalia’s mouth was no longer the loudest in the room. When the Alabama county’s lawyer returned for his rebuttal, he managed to utter only five words — “Thank you, Mr. Chief Justice” — before Sotomayor broke in. LINK
Let me now remind you of a portion of Valerie Jarrett’s now infamous promise days before the 2012 election:
A”fter we win this election, it’s our turn. Payback time. Everyone not with us is against us and they better be ready because we don’t forget. The ones who helped us will be rewarded, the ones who opposed us will get what they deserve. There is going to be hell to pay. Congress won’t be a problem for us this time. No election to worry about after this is over and we have two judges ready to go.” LINK
So we have the two newest judges now acting far more aggressive than either their fellow liberal judges or the their conservative counterparts. As problematic as that is, imagine now two more such judges being added to the court. That is what Jarrett has promised, and given the radicalized agenda now being strongly pushed by the Obama administration that includes gun restrictions, higher taxes, massive cuts to the military…etc…the promise of two more judges ready to go is likely quite true as well. The first to retire from the Supreme Court will likely be Justice Ginsberg, who though a staunch liberal Justice, has far less aggression and influence than the two newest liberal Justices. It is then the second vacancy that could then potentially shift the balance of power and remove the possibility of the Court slowing or denying the continued Obama/Jarrett agenda.
Justice Anthony Kennedy.
Despite promises a few years ago that he would not retire until Barack Obama was no longer in the White House, whispers are increasing regarding Justice Kennedy reconsidering that promise. If he were to step down, and the Court be replaced by a third highly aggressive liberal Justice, AND Democrats were to take control of the House of Representatives in 2014 the prognosis for the United States would likely quickly go from critical to terminal. (Some argue that has happened already – and there is much to agree with there)
HERE IS THE GOOD NEWS THOUGH. (Credit to WHI for pointing this out to me recently)
-Republicans hold the House in 2014 – Obama/Jarrett agenda minimized as Obama becomes Lame Duck and Democrats willing to more openly refuse his administration.
-Republican president elected in 2016. Between 2016 and 2020 there could be as many as THREE Supreme Court Justice positions become available. The conservative court is further solidified and would then allow a Republican administration to effectively undo much of the damage of the Obama years.
A simple and effective game plan.
2012 was a tough and terrible loss for those who pray for a restored America. But 2012 was not the endgame. We don’t give in. We don’t give up.
Bring on 2014…