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Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Chief WATB of the Supreme Court
Posted by Jill | 7:54 PM
The Holocaust dead, the people of Haiti, and the unemployed of America have nothing on poor, put-upon John Roberts, a.k.a. Percy Dovetonsils, who had to endure the tortures of the damned at the hands of that upstart in the White House last month:
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts said Tuesday the scene at President Obama's State of the Union address was "very troubling" and the annual speech has "degenerated to a political pep rally."

Obama chided the court, with the justices seated before him in their black robes, for its decision on a campaign finance case.

Responding to a University of Alabama law student's question, Roberts said anyone was free to criticize the court, and some have an obligation to do so because of their positions.

"So I have no problems with that," he said. "On the other hand, there is the issue of the setting, the circumstances and the decorum.

"The image of having the members of one branch of government standing up, literally surrounding the Supreme Court, cheering and hollering while the court — according the requirements of protocol — has to sit there expressionless, I think is very troubling."

Breaking from tradition, Obama criticized the court's decision that allows corporations and unions to freely spend money to run political ads for or against specific candidates.

"With all due deference to the separation of powers 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 in January.

Justice Samuel Alito was the only justice to respond at the time, shaking his head and mouthing the words "not true" as Obama continued.

Roberts told the students he wonders whether justices should attend the speeches.

"I'm not sure why we're there," said Roberts, a Republican nominee who joined the court in 2005.

Even the hacktacular Nina Totenberg, who has been known to often carry water for the wingnuttiest of the wingnuts, said on NPR tonight that Roberts is full of shit, citing Teddy Roosevelt and Saint Ronnie himself, both of whom chastised the Supreme Court at State of the Union addresses.

Jonathan Weiler thinks Roberts' snit fit says something about his relationship to and views on authoritarianism, while DougJ pretty much expresses my sentiment about this whiny, elitist, corrupt sack of shit.

Remember that rumor a few weeks ago about John Roberts quitting? Maybe he should. Heat, kitchen, etc.

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