***Update*** The Supreme Court has upheld the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act by a reported 5-4 decision. Chief Justice Roberts sided with the liberal justices, and penned a long opinion for the majority.

The Obama Administration faces what could be a brutal day today, with the Supreme Court set to reveal its ruling on the Patient Protection and Affordable Healthcare Act and the House prepares to vote on holding Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress over the “Fast and Furious” operation on the U.S.-Mexican border.

The Obamacare decision has more layers than an onion, and it is kind of odd to consider that the best possible result for the White House would be if the plan was struck down entirely:

Obama faces a Catch-22 situation over the Supreme Court ruling. If the legislation is upheld, presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney can run on repealing it if he’s elected – an almost sure-fire crowd pleaser.

But if Obamacare – formally named the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act – is struck down in whole or in part then Obama will look like a failure as well as a President who has exceeded his powers.

A split decision might be the worst outcome for him as full rejection would force Republicans to come up with an alternative plan and full support would hand Romney a popular rallying cry for repeal.

Stay tuned for what is sure to be one of the more wild days in politics that does not include a trip to the ballot box.

Comments

  • Anonymous

    O.K., comrades. I know the Houston PD community members and the Ron Paul KolleKtive will be buying the door size poster of this glorious image.

    http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/files/2012/06/ron-paul_FR-600×416.jpg

    Houston can’t field winning baseball teams or winning candidates.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Nice

  • Anonymous

    O.K., comrades. I know the Houston PD community members and the Ron Paul KolleKtive will be buying the door size poster of this glorious image.

    http://blog.chron.com/txpotomac/files/2012/06/ron-paul_FR-600×416.jpg

    Houston can’t field winning baseball teams or winning candidates.

    • Rusty Shackleford

      Nice

  • Whodat

     House votes 255-67 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal
    contempt of Congress for withholding documents in the Fast and Furious
    probe.  Wow!

    And, Chief Justice puts the ball on the tee so we and Romney can drive it across America!

    Not a bad day at all.

  • Whodat

     House votes 255-67 to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in criminal
    contempt of Congress for withholding documents in the Fast and Furious
    probe.  Wow!

    And, Chief Justice puts the ball on the tee so we and Romney can drive it across America!

    Not a bad day at all.

  • Anonymous

    As I like to say, repeatedly, elections have consequences. No longer can “conservatives” expect and depend on the SCOTUS to bail them out of bad policy. Republican hardliners and self describe “conservative” purists threw a tantrum in 2006 and as a result allowed Democrats to take both houses of congress. As a result….Obamacare.

    For those who like to say that the Dems and Reps are not worth a “dimes worth a difference” should look closely at what happened today. The “lesser of two evils” is still a choice that one must make unless they are willing to sacrifice their vote and actually not participate in the process that will choose the next leader.

  • Anonymous

    As I like to say, repeatedly, elections have consequences. No longer can “conservatives” expect and depend on the SCOTUS to bail them out of bad policy. Republican hardliners and self describe “conservative” purists threw a tantrum in 2006 and as a result allowed Democrats to take both houses of congress. As a result….Obamacare.

    For those who like to say that the Dems and Reps are not worth a “dimes worth a difference” should look closely at what happened today. The “lesser of two evils” is still a choice that one must make unless they are willing to sacrifice their vote and actually not participate in the process that will choose the next leader.

  • Jacosta

    Money has been pouring into the Romney campaign immediatley after the SCOTUS announcement!  Over $1 million thus far!  This looks good for Romney and the Conservatives!

    • Anonymous

      Romney needs to force Obama to answer for the provisions in Obamacare every day from now till November.

      • Anonymous

        I thought any other issue but the economy was a distraction?

        • Anonymous

          This law is oneninnthe same with the economy.

  • Jacosta

    Money has been pouring into the Romney campaign immediatley after the SCOTUS announcement!  Over $1 million thus far!  This looks good for Romney and the Conservatives!

    • Anonymous

      Romney needs to force Obama to answer for the provisions in Obamacare every day from now till November.

      • Anonymous

        I thought any other issue but the economy was a distraction?

        • Anonymous

          This law is oneninnthe same with the economy.

  • Whodat

    No big deal, y’all
    We knew it was a tax
    When he rolled it out
    That is the facts.

    Now, we get to work
    For Romney and the Senate
    So they can kill the beast
    But first, we gotta win it!

    I hope Romney makes
    His ideas clear and strong
    So he draws all undecided
    To the right where they belong!

  • Whodat

    No big deal, y’all
    We knew it was a tax
    When he rolled it out
    That is the facts.

    Now, we get to work
    For Romney and the Senate
    So they can kill the beast
    But first, we gotta win it!

    I hope Romney makes
    His ideas clear and strong
    So he draws all undecided
    To the right where they belong!

  • Anonymous

    This is a BIG F^@$ing deal.

  • Anonymous

    This is a BIG F^@$ing deal.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    I think Obama should explain this as George Bush’s fault also! He would be right.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    I think Obama should explain this as George Bush’s fault also! He would be right.

  • Rusty Shackleford

    I guess the Mayans were right (it’s the end of the world as we know it)

    • dw

      Actually, the Mayans don’t really believe 2012 will be the end of the world. Google for the Mayan Elders’ response to this false claim.

      OTOH, it may be the end of the USA as we know it…

  • Rusty Shackleford

    I guess the Mayans were right (it’s the end of the world as we know it)

    • dw

      Actually, the Mayans don’t really believe 2012 will be the end of the world. Google for the Mayan Elders’ response to this false claim.

      OTOH, it may be the end of the USA as we know it…

  • Anonymous

    Romney and GOP have to tie this law to the loss of jobs its impact on non recovery of the economy. It simply now becomes more of an inside baseball and technical argument for the GOP for which Team Obama will counter. Romney needs to continue to talk JOBS JOBS JOBS and the fact that Obama raised “taxes”.

    Romney needs to run on the deception that Obama used during this fight. He argued that it was not a “tax” and then argued before the court it was a “tax”. Romney needs to focus on that deception, the HUGE tax increase, and the fact that Obama lied during this debate.

    • dw

      I like your second paragraph idea, but I still cringe at the suggestion that POTUS or Congress can create jobs. They cannot – other than increasing the size of government. The government can only create an environment that encourages or discourages job growth. 

      I would expect an experienced businessman like Romney to understand that, but he is not conveying that understanding in what he says on the campaign trail. If he continues to try to counter DEM arguments as he has done, instead of stating what he knows, he’s going to lose. That’s the problem with the GOP today – they always argue on the defensive, and on DEM terms.

      Make a case on your own terms. Clearly and succinctly articulate the solution. Don’t just try to counter the lies of the left. It won’t work.

      • Anonymous

        The debates are going to be HUGE as Mitt will need to force Obama to answer tough questions without his teleprompter. In 2008 I found Hillary to be much superior than Obama in the debates even though Obama’s enthusiasm was far greater.

        • Anonymous

          Obama will still bring up RomneyCare and deflect anything he has to say about ObamaCare.  Mitt and his people were consulted by this administration.

          • Anonymous

            What are you talking about Mitt was consulted by this administration???? Where do you get this stuff? Romney left the governorship is 2007 and Obama did not become President until 2009, Romney  was against the bill when it was proposed in 2010. C’mon, Troy.

    • dw

      I like your second paragraph idea, but I still cringe at the suggestion that POTUS or Congress can create jobs. They cannot – other than increasing the size of government. The government can only create an environment that encourages or discourages job growth. 

      I would expect an experienced businessman like Romney to understand that, but he is not conveying that understanding in what he says on the campaign trail. If he continues to try to counter DEM arguments as he has done, instead of stating what he knows, he’s going to lose. That’s the problem with the GOP today – they always argue on the defensive, and on DEM terms.

      Make a case on your own terms. Clearly and succinctly articulate the solution. Don’t just try to counter the lies of the left. It won’t work.

    • Anonymous

      I think this is what Romney needs to pound ad nauseam:  

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka01NFnygS0&feature=player_embedded 

      • Anonymous

        Agreed. Great ad.

  • Anonymous

    Romney and GOP have to tie this law to the loss of jobs its impact on non recovery of the economy. It simply now becomes more of an inside baseball and technical argument for the GOP for which Team Obama will counter. Romney needs to continue to talk JOBS JOBS JOBS and the fact that Obama raised “taxes”.

    Romney needs to run on the deception that Obama used during this fight. He argued that it was not a “tax” and then argued before the court it was a “tax”. Romney needs to focus on that deception, the HUGE tax increase, and the fact that Obama lied during this debate.

    • dw

      I like your second paragraph idea, but I still cringe at the suggestion that POTUS or Congress can create jobs. They cannot – other than increasing the size of government. The government can only create an environment that encourages or discourages job growth. 

      I would expect an experienced businessman like Romney to understand that, but he is not conveying that understanding in what he says on the campaign trail. If he continues to try to counter DEM arguments as he has done, instead of stating what he knows, he’s going to lose. That’s the problem with the GOP today – they always argue on the defensive, and on DEM terms.

      Make a case on your own terms. Clearly and succinctly articulate the solution. Don’t just try to counter the lies of the left. It won’t work.

      • Anonymous

        The debates are going to be HUGE as Mitt will need to force Obama to answer tough questions without his teleprompter. In 2008 I found Hillary to be much superior than Obama in the debates even though Obama’s enthusiasm was far greater.

        • Anonymous

          Obama will still bring up RomneyCare and deflect anything he has to say about ObamaCare.  Mitt and his people were consulted by this administration.

          • Anonymous

            What are you talking about Mitt was consulted by this administration???? Where do you get this stuff? Romney left the governorship is 2007 and Obama did not become President until 2009, Romney  was against the bill when it was proposed in 2010. C’mon, Troy.

    • Anonymous

      I think this is what Romney needs to pound ad nauseam:  

      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ka01NFnygS0&feature=player_embedded 

      • Anonymous

        Agreed. Great ad.

  • Anonymous

    SCOTUS upholds the entire ACA bill.  Roberts sides with Liberals.  This country is finished.

  • Anonymous

    SCOTUS upholds the entire ACA bill.  Roberts sides with Liberals.  This country is finished.

  • Jason Wright, Editor

    Did Mitt Romney’s campaign just have a very good day?

    • Anonymous

      A terrible day for Romney, and the nation.

      The criticisms of Obamacare was based on the fact that most Americans viewed it as unconstitutional. With this ruling it is a HUGE victory for Obama and his campaign a that argument no longer holds water. I believe it will become much more difficult to argue against the legitimacy of this law. What Romney now has to do is pivot and begin talking about other aspects of the law that have, and will continue, to drive up the price of health care premiums.

      • Anonymous

        I think Jason means that people like me just got a lot more comfortable voting for Romney.  I don’t think this country can be saved anymore but I am willing to give it one more desperate shot.

        • Anonymous

          The “lesser of two evils”? Don’t sell out, Troy. You need to vote your convictions and stick by your statement that you will not VFLOTE. 
          Gary Johnson needs your support.

      • dw

        I listened to Romney’s response. He likes several key provisions in Obama care, such as required coverage for pre-existing conditions. And, the GOP still has not offered any solution to the issue. Essentially, his response turned me off even more. But, he’s still better than Obama… sigh.

    • Anonymous

      Your turn. What do you think? Time to hear from Dear Leader. 

  • Jason Wright, Editor

    Did Mitt Romney’s campaign just have a very good day?

    • Anonymous

      A terrible day for Romney, and the nation.

      The criticisms of Obamacare was based on the fact that most Americans viewed it as unconstitutional. With this ruling it is a HUGE victory for Obama and his campaign a that argument no longer holds water. I believe it will become much more difficult to argue against the legitimacy of this law. What Romney now has to do is pivot and begin talking about other aspects of the law that have, and will continue, to drive up the price of health care premiums.

      • Anonymous

        I think Jason means that people like me just got a lot more comfortable voting for Romney.  I don’t think this country can be saved anymore but I am willing to give it one more desperate shot.

        • Anonymous

          The “lesser of two evils”? Don’t sell out, Troy. You need to vote your convictions and stick by your statement that you will not VFLOTE. 
          Gary Johnson needs your support.

      • dw

        I listened to Romney’s response. He likes several key provisions in Obama care, such as required coverage for pre-existing conditions. And, the GOP still has not offered any solution to the issue. Essentially, his response turned me off even more. But, he’s still better than Obama… sigh.

    • Anonymous

      Your turn. What do you think? Time to hear from Dear Leader.