Monday, December 13, 2010

Activist Judge Rules HCR Unconstitutional

As expected, Federal district judge Henry Hudson, appointed to the bench by Dumbya, has declared the individual mandate in the health care reform law unconstitutional. (Rejoice, wingnuts!) Two previous attempts by right wingers to stop HCR in its tracks were shot down by Federal judges. The ruling, in a case brought by Virginia's ultra-right wing Attorney General Ken "The Kook" Cuccinelli, will ultimately be decided by the U.S. Supreme Court. As Steve Benen thoughtfully points out, the individual mandate was a Rethug idea before the inmates took over the asylum. But these days, when it's far more important to destroy the Obama presidency than be philosophically consistent, hey, what's the prob?!

Also, if Hudson were a liberal, wouldn't he be excoriated as an "activist judge?"

UPDATE: If Hudson had a major conflict of interest, wouldn't he be excoriated as a "corrupt judge?"

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