Obama racking up judicial losses as Supreme Court rules on Obamacare, union dues


President Obama suffered two final defeats in the Supreme Court on Monday, capping a 2013-2014 term in which the justices delivered several judicial hits to the White House while taking a firm stand against the unchecked power of the state.

The administration’s losses on Obamacare rules and compulsory union dues served as a rebuke on the Supreme Court’s final day after months of judicial decisions to rein in big government on issues such as snooping without a warrant, campaign finance restrictions and Mr. Obama’s recess appointment powers.

Just as damning was the way the court ruled in some of those cases. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. corralled unanimous votes on privacy and recess appointments — cases that dealt stinging defeats to Mr. Obama, himself a lawyer and former lecturer on constitutional law.

In the more than five years that Mr. Obama has been in office, the court has rejected the government’s argument with a 9-0 decision 20 times.

During the eight years each in the administrations of George W. Bush and Bill Clinton, the government lost on unanimous votes 15 times and 23 times, respectively. That puts the Obama administration on pace to greatly exceed recent predecessors in terms of judicial losses.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • I Seigel says:

    The headline of this story is misleading. Obama didn’t have anything to do with the case involving union dues.

    The case involving Hobby Lobby was not a case argued or decided based on the First Amendment. It was argued and decided (unanimously) on the basis of a law signed by Clinton, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act.

  • 862 says:

    Same old crap all of them do . Obama just does it on bigger issues and with malice towards the American people .

  • savage24 says:

    It doesn’t seem to bother him, he’s got the pen and the telephone and he keeps right on using them. He continues to abuse the power of his office, while the House does nothing to rein in this out of control president. The House has two alternatives, impeachment or the power of the purse all they need is the backbone to use them.

    1. hpinnc says:

      I doubt they could get very far with impeachment, because that would also have to pass in the Senate which is highly unlikely since the senate has a majority over the repubs. Also, I doubt Harry would even let it come before the senate. That is why I keep on urging everyone on these blogs to urge the members of your families in Nov. to vote Repub. all the way, preferably for “tea party” candidates when possible.

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