Democrats worried about the Supreme Court overturning Obamacare believe President Obama should campaign against the justices -- and the president seems to be taking their advice.
Asked if Obama should start "going after the court . . . as a conservative, activist court," Rep. Jim Clyburn, D-S.C., agreed that he should. "In terms of the Congress, I believe that would be off-base for us to do that, but for the presdident to do that, I don't think it is," Clyburn said today Morning Joe. "I think that the president will take a look at exactly what he needs to do to connect with the American people, [to] let them know that he has done everything that he can possibly do, and ask them to give him a mandate for the years going forward."
Earlier this afternoon, Obama launched what The Washington Examiner's Charlie Spiering called "a pre-emptive strike" on the Supreme Court, as he indicted any possible ruling against Obamacare as "judicial activism" and conservative hypocrisy.
"Ultimately I am confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically-elected Congress," Obama said today, as he expressed shock at the idea that "an unelected group of people would somehow overturn a duly constituted and passed law."
Of course, the Framers designed the Supreme Court to overturn unconstitutional laws and serve as a check on the power of Congress and the White House, but the president -- a constitutional lawyer -- seems willing to neglect that aspect of the Constitution in order to "connect with the American people" and shore up his reelection chances.