Tuesday, March 27, 2012

Donald's Very Bad, Horrible, Just Awful Day

A lot of people seem to think that US Solicitor General Donald Verilli did a really bad job of arguing the case for Obamacare before the Supremes. Kevin Drum headlines: Donald Verrilli Makes the Worst Supreme Court Argument of All Time. He quotes Adam Serwer:

—By Kevin Drum | Tue Mar. 27, 2012 3:20 PM PDT25Virtually everyone agrees that today's arguments before the Supreme Court were a disaster for the Obama administration. Adam Serwer sums up the reason:
Solicitor General Donald B. Verrilli Jr. should be grateful to the Supreme Court for refusing to allow cameras in the courtroom, because his defense of Obamacare on Tuesday may go down as one of the most spectacular flameouts in the history of the court. Stepping up to the podium, Verrilli stammered as he began his argument. He coughed, he cleared his throat, he took a drink of water. And that was before he even finished the first part of his argument. Sounding less like a world-class lawyer and more like a teenager giving an oral presentation for the first time, Verrilli delivered a rambling, apprehensive legal defense of liberalism's biggest domestic accomplishment since the 1960s—and one that may well have doubled as its eulogy.
This is just bizarre. Verrilli is an experienced guy. He's been involved in loads of Supreme Court cases and has personally argued more than a dozen.

So is Obama determined to boot the so-called signature accomplishment of his administration. What the heck is going on?