As the White House was busy celebrating dual Supreme Court wins last week, symbolically doing an ‘end zone dance’ and painting the White House rainbow colors as a poke in the eye to Americans who opposed both controversial decisions, Republicans in Congress and the Senate seemed to be caught off guard.
Considering the make-up of the Supreme Court with the two ultra-liberal justices Breyer and Ginsberg, along with the two justices Sotomayor and Kagan who the president has comfortably in his hip pocket, Republicans should not have been surprised by the decisions.
Justice Kennedy has been a toss-up for much of his career on the Court, and Chief Justice Roberts who proved that he lacked courage when he ruled in favor of ObamaCare the first time, was predictable in how he was going to decide this time around ?
Roberts vote against homosexual marriage was simply for show since he most likely had an inclination how the decision was going to go, and could at least claim some sort of ‘independence’ and moral courage by voting against it, knowing full well his vote would make no difference in the final outcome.
With both decisions highly unpopular among a large number of Americans, Republicans have two choices on how they can proceed, and hopefully grasp victory from the jaws of defeat. They can stamp their feet and pontificate, threaten some sort of legislative action, and accomplish very little other than to further turn off an electorate already turned off by Washington politics.
Or they can go to work and earn the respect and the vote of Americans looking for true leadership to come from our elected officials. The few merits and obvious failings of ObamaCare are well known by now. Republicans need to put forth a viable and better plan to address America’s health care challenges. And then sell it to the American people.
Not just the sound-bytes that we’ve heard over and over for years now. Americans want to see results, and not results spelled out over a couple of thousand pages that no one either understands or is inclined to read.
Homosexual marriage is the law of the land now, but protections for people of conscience must be enacted to insure that their religious convictions are protected. The political influence of the two or three percent of the country’s homosexual population needs to be countered by the much larger voting bloc that opposes their agenda. Homosexual activists must be prevented from denying the overwhelming majority of Americans their own Constitutional right to religious freedom.
So while Barack Obama and his allies may be spiking the football over last week’s court decisions, the game isn’t over for Republicans. As the Hillary e-mail scandal continues to unfold with more and more revelations coming out no one knows yet, other than perhaps Congressman Trey Gowdy where this will all lead, and what political costs may still be paid. The president himself may have some explaining to do about his own actions the night of the Benghazi attacks.
So concerns over what may still be uncovered could take the wind out of the Obama Administration’s sails, and just a little of the luster off of Barack Obama’s best week ever.