Obtuse Observer

May 2, 2012

Obama Nervous?

From recent Dana Milbank article.. “preezy is making me queasy because his nonstop campaigning is looking, well, sleazy — and his ad suggesting that Mitt Romney wouldn’t have killed Osama bin Laden is just the beginning of it.”  Yikes!  This criticism isn’t coming from Obama’s right but from a liberal writer.

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Here’s more from the article:  In a political culture that long ago surrendered to the permanent campaign, Obama has managed to take things to a whole new level. According to statistics compiled for a book to be published this summer, the president has already set a record for total first-term fundraisers — 191 — and that’s only through March 6. Measured in terms of events that benefit his reelection bid, Obama’s total (inflated in part by relaxed fundraising rules) exceeds the combined total of George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush, Ronald Reagan and Jimmy Carter.

That’s a lot of fundraisers!

Back to the ad Milbank referred to:  YouTube Preview Image

Arianna Huffington called the ad despicable.    YouTube Preview Image

From the other side of the political landscape comes an editorial from Peggy Noonan.  She suggests that all of this is evidence that Obama is running scared, “The old Washington gossip was that the Obama campaign was too confident, now it is that they are nervous.”


December 4, 2011

Obama Rich “Fair Share”

Filed under: Barak Obama,Fair Share,The Rich — Tags: , , — Obtuse Observer @ 1:28 am

Google: obama rich “fair share”

I got 38,300,000 hits in a quarter of a second.

This is my gift to college dorm kids everywhere.  Your new drinking game.  Turn on the radio, the TV, read a newspaper, blog or bumper sticker and take a drink every time these three words appear in close proximity

You are welcome.

February 27, 2011

Defense of DOMA? Nah…

Filed under: Defense of Marriage Act,DOMA,Eric Holder — Tags: , , , , — Obtuse Observer @ 9:21 am

The announcement that the Obama administration would not defend the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) has met with cheers on one side of the fence and howls on the other.

I’m going to defend Obama here (in part)! Gasp! Egad! 

Here’s my take from an originalist perspective.  Each branch gets a bite at the apple. 

The Supreme Court gets to hear cases and issue opinions.  Chief Justice John Marshall gave the court the right of judicial review in Marbury v Madison.  Constitutionally speaking the Supreme Court has the weakest claim of right when passing on the constitutionality of a law.

When a Congressman votes ”yes” for a law he knows to be unconstitutional he violates his duty to uphold the constitution. Therefore, a yes vote declares their belief that the law is constitutional. This is now largely fiction but it’s the fiction currently at work in Congress.  To avoid controversy, this Congressional disregard for the constitutionality of a law and its abdication to the Supreme Court to do their job is politically opportunist rather than partisan.  This, imo, is mostly a result of the Wilsonian notion that the constitution is an impediment to be skirted and worked around rather than adhered to in order to limit governmental power.  But that’s another discussion. 

The President has the same right to hold an opinion on a law and is under no duty to enforce a law they do not believe is constitutional.  Here’s the problem.  In the announcement the administration argues that homosexuality should be regarded as a protected class.  As such the law is unconstitutional.  However, the law currently does not recognize sexual orientation as a protected class.  I suspect that only the Supreme Court or Congress can make law that elevates sexual orientation to protected class status.  However, I don’t think Obama is constitutionally mandated to declare why he will or will not enforce this or that law.  It may be politically risky but I’m not confident that it is constitutionally risky (though open to arguments that I’m wrong).

FTR:  I think DOMA may be unconstitutional on other grounds.  I’m not sure such carve-outs to the constitution can be accomplished by act of Congress; they may require an amendment?

August 3, 2010


Filed under: Healthcare,Nobamacare,Obamacare,Politics — Tags: , , , , — Obtuse Observer @ 6:10 am

I think I have mentioned this here before but if not then I am now.  One of the most curious aspects of Obamacare is the constitutional authority to require citizens to buy health insurance.  One presumes this is based on the interstate commerce clause.

Here’s the curious part.  Not buying insurance is not commerce.  Further, insurance is regulated state to state so, not only is it not commerce but it is not interstate. 

The Commonwealth of Virginia filed suit shortly after Obama signed his healthcare bill.  There are many other states who have filed suit as well citing in part the issues I raised above.  Today US District Judge Henry Hudson ruled against the Administration’s motion to dismiss the Virginia suit.


By Warren Richey, Staff Writer / August 2, 2010   

A federal judge in Richmond, Va, refused on Monday to throw out a lawsuit filed by the Virginia attorney general challenging the constitutionality of President Obama’s health care reform law.  The ruling is the first decision in what may be years of litigation over the question of whether Congress has the power to regulate – and tax – a citizen’s decision not to buy health insurance.  US District Judge Henry Hudson said that neither the US Supreme Court nor any circuit court of appeals had squarely addressed that question. Existing legal precedents are inconclusive, he said.

full article here

June 24, 2010

Barak Obama Questions General Patraeus in 9/11 2007

Filed under: Politics — Tags: , — Obtuse Observer @ 5:48 am



See if you can find the question….

Let’s hope they get on well together after firing McChrystal

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