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Still Waiting for an Obama Statement on Court Ruling

McCain is out with his. It says: "As a father, I believe there is no more sacred responsibility in American society than that of protecting the innocence of our children. I have spent over twenty-five years in Congress fighting for stronger criminal sentences for those who exploit and harm our children. Today’s Supreme Court ruling is an assault on law enforcement’s efforts to punish these heinous felons for the most despicable crime. That there is a judge anywhere in America who does not believe that the rape of a child represents the most heinous of crimes, which is deserving of the most serious of punishments, is profoundly disturbing."

How long do you think it will take for Obama to make a statement and how wishy-washy will it be? After all, he's got to back up his liberal justices who made the decision. He can draw on his own knowledge as a former constitutional law lecturer to explain their rationale.

 Obama's scheduled for a  press conference this afternoon. I do hope some intrepid reporter gets in a question about it. Then, again they may only get like, eight questions. Could be hard to work in.

Update: He was asked about it and is bucking the justices.
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He said: "I disagree with the decision. I have said repeatedly that I think that the death penalty should be applied in very narrow circumstances for the most egregious of crimes. I think that the rape of a small child, 6 or 8 years old, is a heinous crime, and if a state makes a decision that under narrow, limited, well-defined circumstances, the death penalty is at least potentially applicable. That does not violate our constitution...“Had the Supreme Court said, ‘We want to constrain ability of states to do this to make sure that it's done in a careful and appropriate way,’ that would've been one thing, but it basically had a blanket prohibition and I disagree with that decision.”

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