Opening Act: Unprecedented

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April 3 2012 8:10 AM

Opening Act: Unprecedented

The president takes pre-emptive shots at an activist Supreme Court.

David Weigel David Weigel

David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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.
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One: This wouldn't be unprecedented. Two: Does the White House know how the preliminary straw poll of justices went down on Friday? Is it already 5-4 against them? This sounds an awful lot like pre-spinning, doesn't it?

Newt Gingrich wants to influence the Republican platform.

The delegates are well to the right of Romney. That doesn't mean they necessarily want to buck Romney, but I do think they may well say to Romney, 'It would really be good for you to run as a genuine conservative.

If a party platform had any weight anymore, or if anyone actually read the thing, this would be a big deal.

This is why some Ron Paul supporters can't have nice things.

"I guess my question is -- do you believe it’s a sin for a white man to marry and procreate with a black?" Hatch asked.
"No. Next question," Romney responded tersely, turning his back to Hatch and looking for another raised hand.

I said "some!" It's just that outsider candidates can't help but attract these sorts of unhelpful attaboys.

David Weigel, a former Slate politics reporter, is a reporter for Bloomberg Politics

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