Wed Jun 27, 2012, 07:47 PM
cthulu2016 (10,960 posts)
Do you suppose that Scalia and Thomas have been
filled in on the politics of the health-care decision?
It makes a BIG difference, legislatively and electorally, what they strike down and how.
For instance, if they struck down the whole thing that would be a disaster for the Republicans. They would have to scramble to save "the good parts," which they cannot do because they cannot pay for it, and the insurance companies will not accept being stick with the check.
Every nuance of the decision is loaded with election-season legislative implications, and a lot of nuance that a professional judge wouldn't get. (Does Scalia know whether Rand Paul would filibuster a bill re-establishing X provision? How many votes there are in the House for Y provision? What focus groups say... etc..)
My question is, have Scalia and Thomas (and others) been briefed on the optimal specifics of a decision from a political stand-point?
I would guess yes.
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Wed Jun 27, 2012, 08:11 PM
Gothmog (13,763 posts)
2. They both have attended Koch brother events
Both Thomas and Scalia have attended events hosted by the Koch brothers and so have been part of the partisan political process http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2010/10/20/scalia-thomas-koch-industries_n_769843.html
Reports that two Supreme Court Justices have attended seminars sponsored by the energy giant and conservative bankroller Koch Industries has sparked a mild debate over judicial ethics.If these two had any ethics, they would have recursed themselves on this case