The Republicans are notably upset over the ruling by the Supreme Court preserving the mandate in Obama’s Healthcare law. In fact, there comes a point where their rhetoric is just so outlandish that it defies not only logic, but reason. For instance, Representative Mike Pence of Indiana stated in a closed door GOP meeting that the upholding of the law was equivalent to the 11 September attacks on the United States.
He later apologized stating “My remarks at the Republican Conference following the Supreme Court decision were thoughtless. I certainly did not intend to minimize any tragedy our nation has faced and I apologize.”
Pence is running for governor in Indiana. Republicans love to tell us how we should never forget 9/11, but are so quick to invoke it any time they lose in court, stub their toe, get a hang nail and so forth.
Representative Louie Gohmert of Texas was also furious over the law being upheld, and trained his ire on Justice Elena Kagan. Gohmer was furious that Kagan voted on the law because she was Solicitor General when the law was passed. He had an exchange with ThinkProgress that went thusly:
GOHMERT: We still have the issue of Justice Kagan. Either she was totally derelict and negligent in her duties as Solicitor General and had absolutely nothing to do with the most important bill to the president, her boss, or she did have something to do with it, she has violated federal law, and as such she needs to be removed from the Supreme Court. [...] I think it’s important to look at Justice Kagan for potential impeachment. [...]
KEYES: Considering she was the deciding vote in the case, does that leave the ruling illegitimate if she broke federal law?
GOHMERT: Yes it would. It would mean this decision would be illegitimate if she lied in order to get onto the Court.
We are, of course, awaiting Gohmert’s demands that Justice Antonin Scalia be impeached after his little snit over the Arizona immigration law being struck down in which Scalia not only acted like a political commentator, but cited laws that had been rendered unconstitutional some century and a half ago. Scalia has also gone out hunting with a man whom he has protected from lawsuits and dined with people whom he later ruled in favor of. Gohmert has also not called for the impeachment of Justice Clarence Thomas, whose wife worked as a Conservative political consultant and who broke the law quite obviously.
Republicans are fond of this kind of hyperventilating when it comes to anything that the Democrats propose. Simply put, they are ready to act as if everything that happens is going to destroy the nation even if it isn’t. This makes them rather like the Boy Who Cried Wolf.
The problem is, the day that someone really does take away America’s freedoms and someone tries to actually say something about it, they will end up being dismissed as being alarmist by people who have now become so jaded about politics that they couldn’t care less.