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April 4th, 2012
04:44 PM ET

Toobin: This was a "judicial hissy-fit"

An appeals court judge has publicly taken on Obama on health care. CNN Senior Legal Analyst Jeffrey Toobin discusses.

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Filed under: Health Care • Jeffrey Toobin • Supreme Court
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  1. Vincent

    Waht you need to counter the rights you have in that 2nd amendment is to keep a data base whereby all purches or demands for the dangerous arms by persons should be immediately posted on the registers – there should be indication warning/alarting the authorities that somebody is on about (up to) something sinister! There is no way you can take or keep records of those insane as suggested by Romney's group! The swift answer to the problem even now is to return to all sales of arms in the U.S. to individuals showing excessive possession of approved arms for personal defence! This way you can then keep watchful eyes/track on the persons and where they are resident! Those who have more than the approved carlibre of arms must be called up to explain why and possibly confiscate the excesses! As Obama rightly said it is only the military that can keep such high-powered arms and nobody else! In case you are looking for immediate ways to deal with the problem posed! This search and keep the records straight to commence now so as to clean up the homes! Every dealer on arms must show records of excessive and or supicious purchases made far back as this year if you like! Thank you.

    July 27, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  2. Oliver El Paso, TX

    President Obama is the president and commander in chief, if he can not spake his mind who can? Only White guys of the tea party or the GOP only.

    April 12, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
  3. Jeffrey

    Toobin lost me with his attempt at blindly defending the President. Yes, the President has a right to his opinion, which he made clear when he signed his name to the bill. With it under review by the court, he need not say more, and was out of bounds to call it "unprecedented" when it clearly is not, and in fact is exactly why the Supreme Court is there, as part of the 3 branches of the Federal Government.

    April 7, 2012 at 7:45 pm |
  4. Mike Cornett

    In the United States of America we have a three party system of government for the purpose of "Checks & Balances"
    I think President Obama was "Out of School" for his Commet.

    April 4, 2012 at 11:36 pm |
  5. Jim Thomas

    It depends who has their hands in the deepest when it comes to payoffs.That is all it depends on.Jim Thomas Phx.Az.

    April 4, 2012 at 9:42 pm |
    • Iara

      ... Jimbo: Everyone is on notice and he's ealisy recognizable. It will be hard for him to continue as a predator, if that's what he was.True. But he was also ealisy recognizable after the 1993 accusations. Every parent in the screaming hoards outside the courthouse would love to have their childrent share the glory of Michael Jackson's bedroom. This trial won't change a bit of his odd (understatement) or possibly criminal actions. The fact is, the prosecutor overcharged Jackson. Half the counts should never have been brought. I've heard the jury instructions were almost 100 pages long. You'll lose them at that length. Eliminating the weak charges would have made things easier on the jury and eliminated the worst witnesses (such as the mother). I knew as soon as Sneddon decided to personally try the case that the whole prosecution was doomed (doomed!).My thought is that the jury took so long because they desparately wanted to convict Jackson of something, but took their role seriously enough to admit that the prosecution failed to prove their case.

      May 21, 2012 at 4:33 pm |
  6. Pete, NJ

    I agree with you that Obama has 1st amendment rights. He never said the Justices were "activists". He warned the conservative commentators about their past comments on Judicial Activism. A term which was not well defined when first used but is now defined as follows.
    Black's Law Dictionary defines judicial activism as a "philosophy of judicial decision-making whereby judges allow their personal views about public policy, among other factors, to guide their decisions."

    Political science professor Bradley Canon has posited six dimensions along which judge courts may be perceived as activist:[6]:239 majoritarianism, interpretive stability, interpretive fidelity, substance/democratic process, specificity of policy, and availability of an alternate policymaker. David Strauss has argued that judicial activism can be narrowly defined as one or more of three possible actions: overturning laws as unconstitutional, overturning judicial precedent, and ruling against a preferred interpretation of the constitution.
    On this basis, The Appeals Court Justice is out of line, and you are correct.

    April 4, 2012 at 6:23 pm |
  7. Jane

    A remark was made that 'even some conservatives" think these appeals judges have gone too far. Why no mention that "even some liberals" think that President obama has gone too far in the past few days with is comments? ruth Marcus is a great example of someone who supports the insurance law, but thinks the President was out of bounds with his attack on the Supreme court. Not to mention that he does not even seem to know what is or isn't "precedent" when it comes to the Court. What is unprecedented is that this drastic change to our health insurance system was passed on a single party vote, and that Democrats did not follow the usual 60 vote requirement when it came to passing it in the Senate. that is what is outrageous and unprecedented.

    April 4, 2012 at 5:29 pm |
  8. Jane

    A hissy fit???
    The judges were responding to the over the top comments made by President Obama on Monday. It is clear that Jeffrey Toobin is an Obama supporter and a supporter of the health insurance bill. Some objective reporting about the outrageous and undignified remarks made by the President the past few days would be nice. If anyone is having a "hissy fit", it appears to be the President, with his lies and non-stop attacks on Republicans and now the conservatives on the Supreme Court. It seems that Mr. Obama can never admit that he might be wrong or might have overstepped his bounds on this one.

    April 4, 2012 at 5:26 pm |
  9. Oliver El Paso, TX

    It not over until it over, Jeffrey Toobin may be surprise by court hopefully.

    April 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm |

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