That is what legal writer Jeffrey Toobin said yesterday after hearing the arguments presented by the Obama team in the US Supreme Court. And Toobin isn’t a right winger by any stretch!
Here is what Toobin told CNN (from The Hill):
A top legal analyst predicted Tuesday that the Obama administration’s healthcare reform legislation seemed likely to be struck down by the Supreme Court.
Jeffrey Toobin, a lawyer and legal analyst, who writes about legal topics for The New Yorker said the law looked to be in “trouble.” He called it a “trainwreck for the Obama administration.”
“This law looks like it’s going to be struck down. I’m telling you, all of the predictions, including mine, that the justices would not have a problem with this law were wrong,” Toobin said Tuesday on CNN. “I think this law is in grave, grave trouble.”
Toobin’s observation came on the second day of oral arguments at the Supreme Court over the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act.
Tea Party ‘Hands off our Healthcare’ Rally was huge!
Maybe not such a good day for Obama inside the Supreme Court, but for those of us mixing it up outside the court on Tuesday it was a great day! I came into DC with the Hagerstown (MD)Tea Party bus that left Valley Mall at 9:30 a.m. Here is a news clip from the Herald Mail as we boarded the bus on a chilly but beautiful day.
The bus had been arranged with the help of Americans for Prosperity and we were greeted with an extra added bonus—we watched the Tea Party movie (see trailer) on drop-down screens. So we were in an upbeat mood as we pulled in near the Capitol.
Since we were early some of us headed to the steps of the Supreme Court where supporters of Obamacare dressed in their pinks and purples carrying professionally printed signs held the side walk beating on their ever present pots and pans (I didn’t actually see what they were beating on, but it sounds like mama’s pots). Before long we outnumbered them with our Gadsden flags and banners, clever homemade signs and many wearing red ‘hands off our healthcare’ shirts. We were led in chanting and patriotic songs by AFP President Tim Phillips as the court let out at noon. Those who had been in the court for the morning arguments saw that at least on Tuesday at noon the opposition to the law was out in full force.
The AFP rally began promptly at 1 p.m. in the nearby Senate park. I have no idea how many people were there, but it was a huge number—let me guess more than 4000. Surprisingly CNN has a pretty good news story, here, on the exuberant crowd—-buses had come from Michigan, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, the Carolinas among others (those are just the ones I heard about).
Again, watch the CNN clip and as I see more news stories today I’ll update here.
*Update: Here is report at Gateway Pundit. Watch the clip of a Heritage Foundation lawyer speaking. We were on his right (left to viewers) and at times chanting so loudly he had to stop (sorry, we didn’t know you were on our side!). Note that one of the Lefties brought a cat on a leash (poor cat).
Tea Party rock stars who spoke at the rally included: Reps. Paul Ryan, Allen West and Michele Bachmann, and Senators Jim Demint and Rand Paul. There were many others but those, in my view, were the ones who generated the most excitement as they took to the stage.
One speaker noted that Obama left the country just as the two year anniversary of the passage of the monster healthcare bill arrived last week and asked us to note that, in contrast to the opponents, no member of Congress who supported the bill is out speaking up for it now—not on the steps of the Court, not before any large crowds of supporters, not in their campaigns for reelection.
One speaker after another reminded us (as if we needed reminding) that the Tea Party is alive and well contrary to wishful mainstream media reports that it is dead.