This is the precise quote (Politico has the video):
It’s not really up to the Supreme Court to second-guess the legitimate decision made by the elected representatives of the people, and if people want to change that law, they can do so by changing the legislators.
Three – no, four – observations on that, with the most pragmatic observations first:
- Rep. Connolly seems to have forgotten the 2010 elections, where the American people flipped the House, decimated the Senate Democratic caucus, and put in numerous state legislators and officials – all of whom pretty much ran on the explicit promise that they would collectively hold down Obamacare and stake it through the heart. One would assume that such a repudiation might have served as a hint to someone whose own 2010 vote margin was less than a thousand, but perhaps Connolly thinks that he’s politically bulletproof. It’s about at the right point in his career arc for such delusions to sprout, after all.
- As for jobs… wouldn’t Rep. Connolly agree that it’s the job of Congress to pass a budget? – And Connolly can’t pretend that he weren’t told this by then Fed Chair Ben Bernanke, either. Or that the only movement on passing a federal budgets that’s taken place since Connolly became a Representative has been by the new Republican House majority.
- The ability of the Supreme Court to review – and when necessary, overturn – legislation to see whether it passes Constitutional muster has been an established duty of the judicial branch for over two hundred years. I understand that Connolly is merely repeating the nonsense that the President spouted, but that’s not exactly what one would call smart.
- Question that should be asked Rep. Connolly, but will never, ever be asked him (because the reporters that Connolly likes wouldn’t dare, and the reporters that would dare, Connolly won’t like): does this stance on the the proper responsibilities of the US Supreme Court mean that Rep, Gerry Connolly, Democrat from Virginia, feels that Loving v. Virginia was decided incorrectly[*]?
I think that this pretty much covers it. Except to note that VA-11 Republican candidate Chris Perkins is pretty much by definition more knowledge about the US Constitution than Connolly is. But people probably knew that already.
Moe Lane (crosspost)
[*It’s been pointed out to me privately that Loving v. Virginia overturned a state law, not a federal one. Which is true, but not really helpful to Connolly: if he attempted to weasel out of his bizarre position on judicial review vis a vis drawing a distinction between state legislatures and the federal one then the immediate next question should be “Do you support having the US Supreme Court overthrow the Defense of Marriage Act?” Which is also not a question that Gerry Connolly would willingly answer.]