Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Someone Needed to Shout You Lie - Justice Alito Came Through - UPDATED

Justice Alito  to the rescue:
POLITICO's Kasie Hunt, who's in the House chamber, reports that Justice Samuel Alito mouthed the words "not true" when Obama criticized the Supreme Court's campaign finance decision.
Alito's responded to this portion of the speech:
 " 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," Obama said. "Well I don’t think American elections should be bankrolled by America’s most powerful interests, or worse, by foreign entities. They should be decided by the American people, and that’s why I’m urging Democrats and Republicans to pass a bill that helps to right this wrong."
 Obama's campaign was funded by special interests, let's roll back the clock to October 2008 shall we?

There was a good deal of criticism on twitter for Obama's decision to call out the Supreme Court:

Obama is a former law professor yet he misrepresents the findings of the Supreme Court with the justices right in front of him.  Classy

UPDATE:  Ace of Spades and Hot Air have the video showing Alito mouthing the words.
Via Instapundit Brad Smith @ The Corner "The President's Statement is False."
The Court held that 2 U.S.C. Section 441a, which prohibits all corporate political spending, is unconstitutional. Foreign nationals, specifically defined to include foreign corporations, are prohibiting from making "a contribution or donation of money or ather thing of value, or to make an express or implied promise to make a contribution or donation, in connection with a Federal, State or local election" under 2 U.S.C. Section 441e, which was not at issue in the case. Foreign corporations are also prohibited, under 2 U.S.C. 441e, from making any contribution or donation to any committee of any political party, and they prohibited from making any "expenditure, independent expenditure, or disbursement for an electioneering communication... ."
 More Professor Glenn Reynolds responds to Allahpundit's facetious statement, "“When you hear the president of the United States demagoguing the First Amendment, you sit there and you take it, son.”
No, actually, you don’t, and Alito didn’t. And that will step on Obama’s press tonight and tomorrow, turning his demagoguery into a negative for him. That’s why Presidents usually act Presidential. Not so much because it’s dignified. But because it’s smart. That’s something that Obama, with his limited experience on the national stage, hasn’t figured out yet.
Banner night for the President, huh?  I still think his pontificating about the floodgates of special interests is one of the more hypocritical statements of the night and that is saying something because there were quite a few.

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