Obama's unwise slap at Supreme Court galvanizes Republicans

Richard G. Carter | 10/12/2012, 4:17 p.m.
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As a result, there have been many, many letters to the editor in daily newspapers taking the president to task for his wrong-headed rant. Here's a sampling:

"Obama states it would be extraordinary if Obamacare were overturned. Could it be that the president does not know that more than 150 laws have been overturned by the Supreme Court over the years?"

"The president claims his health care law should be upheld because it had a strong majority in the democratically elected Congress. The only thing we know is that 100 percent of Congress didn't read it before they voted on it."

"It is almost beyond belief that the president, supposedly a constitutional law professor, would apparently try to threaten the Supreme Court for performing its constitutional role."

"Obama's sad attempt to influence and degrade the Supreme Court in order to prop up his health care failure known as Obamacare continues to demonstrate that he remains a colossal blamer and whiner."

"There he goes again, our presumptuous president stating how the justices should rule on the health care bill, as if the balance of powers doesn't matter."

None of this has been lost on Republicans and Romney. Indeed, a dour Obama plays into Romney's hands as the president comes across as increasingly strident, shrill and arrogant in campaign speeches. Voters don't respond well to perceived anger and bitterness on the part of any candidate for any office.

Romney's strength is private business sector experience yet he lacks charisma. In order to win the upcoming candidate debates with Obama, he must own the stage. However, the president is demonstrably woeful without teleprompters and gets testy under pressure.

Given Obama's sinking job approval numbers, bad economy, huge budget deficit, high gas prices, high unemployment and abysmal record on jobs, he should tone down his rhetoric. What became of "more civility in our discourse?" Where is "hope and change?"

Bottom line: Like the great game of poker, you've got to know when to hold 'em and know when to fold 'em. Think about it. And that's the name of that tune.