Thursday, January 28, 2010

The NY Times and Justice Alito call "Bullspit" on a bit of Obama's populist demagoguery. 

From Obama's State of the Union Address ...
Last week, the Supreme Court reversed a century of law to open the floodgates for special interests – including foreign corporations – to spend without limit in our elections.

Well I don't think American elections should be bankrolled by America's most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities.
"Standing applause" ... except for the Supreme Court Justices who remain seated, with Justice Alito visibly mouthing something that seemed unapproving. [Video]

The New York Times explains:
The president appeared to have mischaracterized the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn restrictions on corporate-paid political commercials by suggesting that the decision invited political advertisements by foreign companies, too...

The majority opinion in the case, Citizens United v. the Federal Election Commission, specifically disavowed a verdict on the question....
Which means existing legislation on the point remains in effect. One might think a professional expert on the subject -- a professor of constitutional law, no less -- would know better.

It makes one wonder if there might be any other such partisan bull... misrepresentations in the speech.

Update: Tom Maguire points to the question of whether or not Obama, as a non-tenure track, part-time lecturer, actually was a "professor" or not, discussed.