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Obama’s Batting .370 Before SCOTUS – Half The Success Rate Of His Predecessors

June 27, 2013 by  

This year’s Supreme Court session hasn’t been kind to the Administration of President Barack Obama.

In an analysis of cases pleaded before the High Court between 1985 and 1997, Economics Professor Linda R. Cohen and Law Professor Matthew L. Spitzer found:

Studies of public litigation at the Supreme Court find that the government tends to prevail and that it is more successful than the petitioner or respondent…The pattern is striking: the government wins in over 70 percent of the cases where it is the petitioner, and it wins in just under 60 percent of the cases where it is the respondent.

The Obama Administration, however, can only dream of those kinds of numbers. The Daily Beast has pegged his batting average at .370 before SCOTUS over this year’s court session, which started last October and ended this week. Not so hot, especially when you consider how well other Presidents have fared.

Worse, though, is the disproportionate number of times the Supreme Court’s decisions against the President haven’t featured even a single dissenting opinion, as noted Wednesday in the Washington Times:

Ilya Somin, a constitutional law professor at George Mason University, said it is striking to take into account the number of times the Obama administration has been on the losing end of unanimous decisions.

“When the administration loses significant cases in unanimous decisions and cannot even hold the votes of its own appointees — Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan — it is an indication that they adopted such an extreme position on the scope of federal power that even generally sympathetic judges could not even support it,” said Mr. Somin, adding that presidents from both parties have a tendency to make sweeping claims of federal power. “This is actually something that George W. Bush and Obama have in common.”

That observation corroborates one of the central features of bipartisan American politics: fundamentally, party politicians differ only over how most effectively to manipulate public opinion – and, it appears, judicial opinion – to their benefit. Obama has successfully gamed the public in consecutive Presidential elections. But he stinks at gaming his intellectual peers (or, perhaps, his superiors) on the bench who, like the President, hold J.D.s with specialization in Constitutional law.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • http://shadow1776.wordpress.com shadow1776

    Obama is good at telling fairy tails. Getting fools to buy the brooklyn bridge. He has lied about everything so far, even his past. He is a con man bent on our destruction. But yet his blind foolish democrats, keep followi.g to there destruction.

  • Rich C

    Obama’s troubling ideas deserve to put him on the losing side of court battles. Sadly, the court does not always make correct decisions either.

  • Brandon

    First and foremost i am a patriot that believes the people govern through elected representatives! The government serves the will of the people, not the other way around! we are not powerless or stupid! I believe that the Constitution, Bill of Rights AND The Law of Nations are the basis of laws in this country, please read them and see for yourself how much our founding fathers and every true Americans dreams have been perverted. Till this day i can only assume large parts of his past remain sealed is because THERE IS SOMETHING TO HIDE! I dont find it ammusing at all that i cannot recall any other president having there citizenship be in question or sooo much money and effort expended in keeping ones past a secret. Kenyans believe he was born there, so either their whole nation is lying or he is. If his true past was ever made public, I don’t know what would be the larger disgrace, the fact that our country has been usurped by a foreign power at the willing hands of Democrats or that the true patriots of this nation allowed it to happen!

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