Hooooeeee, it’s a nervous day for PostScript. Responses to Eugene Robinson’s column — which casts the Supreme Court’s Arizona decision as a win for federalism, Obama and justice — have a jittery, cagey feel, as if the oracle at Delphi had just prophesied that big things are coming our way. Commenters are in virtual agreement that this is the prelude to Something Big.
We could be winning the lottery or in the path of Godzilla, and we won’t know which until Thursday, when, according to both legend and Jeffrey Toobin of CNN, the Supreme Court will impose its tyranny on exactly half of us and make the rest of us proud of America for once. What’s not clear is which half is which.
So we’re chain-smoking and eating absolutely everything in the vending machine here in the PostScript bunker. We have no idea if our country on Friday will be, at the very minimum, exactly like Hitler.
POSSIBLE HITLERTOCRACY IN THREE DAYS ACTION PLAN:
download all the lolcats we can find, in case they are lost forever
actually memorize phone number for pizza delivery
And once that’s done, we have the chance to discover what our fellow wild-eyed paranoiacs are thinking about the Supremes’ decision on Tuesday. Robinson says: Victory! Happiness! Joy!
EXCLAMATIONS MAKE US NERVOUS. PLEASE DO NOT YELL “JOY” NEAR THE BUNKER. We much prefer cynicism and defeat.
It turns out that almost no one but Robinson seems to be taking this decision at face value. At least in the comments section, we can all agree on at least one thing: The Supreme Court is not merely interpreting legislation according to the Constitution.
Hopeychangy thinks it was a partisan, anti-American decision:
A win? For criminals and Obama — yes. For America, no.
bywb1949 sees not a win for Obama’s side, but being outmaneuvered by conservatives:
Not to appear too cynical, but could it be this activist Supreme Court ruled as they did to defuse some of the anger on the part of Latinos in the hopes of shoring up the GOP image? Let’s see what they do with the ACA before we start cheering a return to sanity.
diaz1 has an idea of why a court that seems to lean conservative might feint liberal in this case:
The theory is that Chief Justice Roberts voted for the majority in order to keep the centerpiece of the law for Arizona. A 4-4 decision would have kicked it back to the 9th Federal District Court where the whole law would have been quickly overturned.
Boblesch sees the decision as further government-wide excuse to do nothing:
Maybe it’s just me but I don’t believe there will be any winners until the Congress gets off their ‘DO NOTHING BUTTS’ and puts comprehensive, bipartisan, amendment free, immigration legislation on the president’s desk.
We’re not sure if this is a joke. Usually we are excellent at joke detection. Being not sure makes us feel more paranoid.
clw743 thinks we should maybe stop thinking of Supreme Court decisions as tally marks in either column:
Can we please, please stop referring to everything that happens politically in this country as a win or a loss for Republicans or Democrats or the President and his administration and others! To characterize this ruling, as the headline for this piece does, as a “big win for the Obama administration,” only tends to drive the wedge between progressives and conservatives a little bit deeper while at the same time minimizing the true value of the decision.
We like this idea, but then it would be impossible to tell which side is winning or Hitler.