Has President Obama's disrespectful attitude toward the United States Supreme Court caused a trickledown effect among the Democratic leadership in Congress, or was Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy's recent invective against Chief Justice John Roberts self-generated?
You will recall that in April, President Obama launched a salvo against the court about a pending case -- concerning Obamacare -- seeking to either intimidate the justices into upholding the law or lay a foundation for political criticism should they strike it.
At a news conference, Obama said, "Ultimately, I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress."
Never mind that Obamacare did not represent the democratic will of the American people. What was unprecedented and extraordinary -- besides a piece of legislation's taking over more than one-seventh of the American economy and unconstitutionally mandating people to buy a product -- was for a sitting president to attempt to bully the Supreme Court to affect the outcome of a pending case.
Obama had already chastised the court for ruling against his political will in the Citizens United case, but at least that was after the decision had been rendered. His brazen community-organizing comments concerning a not-yet-decided case was something else again.
Then, this week, on the Senate floor, Leahy issued what many called "a warning shot" to the court. "Acting out based on their personal views on this matter," said Leahy, "would be the height of conservative judicial activism" and would reflect poorly on Roberts' legacy.
The Democratic ruling class has become so arrogant about its ability to make Orwellian comments without fear of contradiction from the mainstream media that it doesn't even do a credible job of faking common-sense arguments.
Notice, for example, how con law professor Obama warned the court, an institution that is honor-bound not to bend to the popular will, that it must bend to the popular will.
Though Obama and Leahy doubtlessly understand this -- notwithstanding their best imitation of ignorance on the matter -- judicial activism is not striking a law that was passed with overwhelming popular support, which Obamacare, incidentally, most certainly wasn't. It is judges rewriting the Constitution to achieve a political outcome, as opposed to deciding according to the Constitution.