Breakfast in America: April 3, 2012

Good morning all:

  • Jon Meacham argues that, if the Affordable Care Act is overturned, Obama needs to avoid directly attacking the Supreme Court. I’m not sure I agree with his analysis because it ignores the fact that FDR’s court packing plan actually achieved its goals — the mere threat of the plan resulted in Justice Owen Roberts switching sides and supporting FDR’s agenda. The change of heart in the West Coast Hotel case is colloquially called the “switch in time that saved nine.”

1 comment for “Breakfast in America: April 3, 2012

  1. April 3, 2012 at 9:29 am

    Jon Meacham is, as always, a font of thoughtful, well-put nonsense. The Republican Platform in 1860 wanted to exclude slavery from the territories, which of course directly contradicted Dred Scott. If that’s not running against the court, I don’t know what is. Incidentally, Lincoln almost put Taney in jail, who still holds the record as America’s ugliest Chief Justice.

    Meacham’s book “American Gospel” completely overstates the influence of John Jay, since he was the only “real” Christian he could find. I wonder to what lengths he goes to whitewash Jackson’s crimes in his new book. If you couldn’t tell, I can’t stand him.

    I’ve always thought the Civil War generation was the “Greatest Generation,” Tom Brokaw’s silly pontificating notwithstanding.

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