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Thu Mar 29, 2012, 01:28 PM

How did legal observers and Obamacare backers get it so wrong? By Greg Sargent [View all]

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This now looks like a terrible misjudgment. During oral arguments this week, Scalia invoked the broccoli argument to question the govermentís case. He mocked the governmentís position with a reference to the ďcornhusker kickback,Ē even though thatís not in the law. As Fried notes, this language is straight out of the Tea Party guerrilla manual that was written during the battle to prevent Obamacare from becoming law in the first place.

All of which is to say that the law's proponents were badly caught off guard by the depth of the conservative blocís apparent hostility towards the law and its willingness to embrace the hard rightís arguments against its constitutionality. They didnít anticipate that this could shape up as an ideological death struggle over the heart and soul of the Obama presidency, which, as E.J. Dionne notes today, is exactly what it has become.

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