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I'm sorry, but I think you really have to be an asshole to insult someone who is required by protocol to not respond in kind.
Posted by: Thomas | Jan 27, 2010 9:14:04 PM
"Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law **that I believe** will open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections."
The President didn't insult the Court by saying Citizens United was wrongly decided, and he made it clear that he was stating his opinion about the likely effect of the Court's decision. Hardly seems worthy of Alito's public scolding, not to mention Thomas' barnyard name calling.
Posted by: M.A. | Jan 27, 2010 11:21:13 PM
The Effendi did more that that. He called for a legislative fix of a bright line Constituitional ruling. It was a "Faubus in the schoolhouse door" moment.
Posted by: Lou Gots | Jan 28, 2010 3:14:38 AM
"he made it clear that he was stating his opinion about the likely effect of the Court's decision"
The problem is that there are not any credible good-faith arguments that the decision will have such an effect.
Posted by: PaulD | Jan 28, 2010 4:16:02 AM
Separation of Powers and all that - what on earth are those SCOTUS chappies doing attending a legislature/executive beanfeast?
Posted by: dearieme | Jan 28, 2010 5:54:22 AM
I think its fine- first, the GOP seems to think its fine to shout "you lie," during a congressional address. Now you claim the alter of politeness? Second, this is one of the rare moments a huge decision was aired in a highly public way. Also, he won this bull pulpit fair and square, and thus gets to exercise the benefits it. Besides, if he's going to rip into their decision to the press, he might as well have the guts to do it when they're all conveniently right there. Good for him.
Posted by: Tim Donahue | Jan 28, 2010 3:54:16 PM
If you look closely, you can see Alito mouthing the word "Adjunct!" throughout Obama's speech.
Posted by: mike livingston | Jan 28, 2010 4:19:13 PM
Wow, Tim Donahue, you are either an ignoramus, or a liar...since I don't know you I have no idea which. The Republican, who you claim "think its fin to shout 'you lie'", publicly called for Rep Wilson to apologize, which he did. Now that it's certain you know your comment was wrong, if you were ignorant you can correct your comment...if not, well then it's clear what you are then.
In another comment you talk about "decorum", in this comment you display your complete lack of it, and make the claim that it's totally fine for the President to shown none.
Good job. Democrats like you are making independents flock to GOP candidates. Keep it up, the nation needs you
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