Thursday, June 28, 2012

Health-care law doomed! ... Oh, wait

This morning's NY Times headline screamed: "HEALTH LAW STANDS."


I immediately thought of Jeffrey Toobin. So did CNN's Howie Kutz. He wrote today: "During the Supreme Court’s oral arguments over Obamacare in March, CNN’s legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin famously said this: 'This was a train wreck for the Obama administration. This law looks like it’s going to be struck down. All of the predictions, including mine, that the justices would not have a problem with this law were wrong.' "

Then, inserting the shiv, Kurtz added: "Um, make that wrong twice."

In March, the talking heads confidently pronounced that Obamacare -- and by implication, Obama -- was doomed. It's a familar refrain. This same bunch predicted the landmark law would never pass Congress in 2009 -- until it did. At the conclusion of the Court's oral arguments in March, the media pressed President Obama for his take. Obama simply said, "I'm confident the Court will uphold the law." I remember thinking, "Hmm ... what did (former constitutional law) Professor Obama know that the political media didn't?" Quite a bit, it turns out.

For some reason, the media and Mr. Obama's political opponents keep misjudging him. They keep ignoring the ever-growing pile of facts in evidence. Today's landmark ruling just underlines a point I've been making since the 2008 election: Underestimate this guy at your peril. He has a bad habit of, you know, winning. Oh, and Mr. Romney? You can now fuggettaboud running against Obamacare. That piece has just been knocked off the chess board. Funny how that happened, huh?

Or as the Road Runner would put it: "Beep-beep."

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