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Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Obama To Defy Court Order

If the Bush administration had stated they would defy a federal court order, we would have heard the terms "constitutional crisis" nonstop until he changed his mind. It will be interesting to see if the same pressure is applied to Obama, who says he has no intention of following the court order to cease and desist on Obamacare. Of course, he can file a stay while the law is on appeal to the Supreme Court, but he knows the risk is that the stay is not granted, in which case the bill is stopped dead until the Supreme decision.

The judge said he didn't believe an injunction to stop the health overhaul was appropriate, because it is generally understood that the executive branch will obey a federal court. The government, however, doesn't believe the ruling requires it to stop implementing the overhaul.

So there you have it - the law doesn't apply to Obama, in his mind. Meanwhile, Justice Kennedy is going to be the most important man in the country for a while.