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.”
- Mona Charen insultingly says that the lesson we should learn from the Trayvon Martin case is not about gun laws and racism, but about the threat of black kids growing up with no fathers — apparently Trayvon’s father doesn’t count.
- A professor has revisited the long-accepted casualty numbers from the Civil War and estimated that the war was 20% more deadly than previously believed.