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Newslinks for Wednesday March 28: Speculation that ObamaCare will be declared unconstitutional

Posted on 03/28/2012

If the unpopular parts of ObamaCare are declared unconstitutional it might help Obama win re-election - Ross Douthat

Carville JamesJames Carville agrees - HotAir

But The Daily Mail's Toby Harnden does not: "The most fundamental problem for the President is that if the heart of Obamacare is ruled unconstitutional then he will be left empty-handed after spending two years and virtually all his political capital on jamming through the bill without a single Republican vote."

  • Health care law endures tough questioning from swing justice at Supreme Court showdown - Fox
  • "The Obama administration’s health insurance mandate faced severe skepticism Tuesday from conservatives on the Supreme Court during a pivotal morning of oral arguments on the landmark legislation. Justice Anthony Kennedy, the court’s most consistent swing vote, repeatedly voiced doubts about the mandate’s constitutionality, suggesting he could side with the court’s four staunch conservatives to overturn President Obama’s healthcare law." - The Hill
  • 10 moments from the Supreme Court debate on healthcare - LA Times
  • Obamacare mandate opponents shouldn't uncork the Supreme Court champagne yet - Avik Roy for Forbes
  • Justice Roberts shines - David Frum

68% disapprove and 24% approve of how Obama is responding to gas price increases - Fox | Washington Examiner

Why Obama's open mic slip could seriously hurt his reelection hopes

Rove Karl 2"By telling Mr. Medvedev and his patron, the once-and-future Russian President Vladimir Putin, that he will have “flexibility” after the American election on Russian demands opposing a US missile defense for Europe, Mr. Obama is in effect saying he is ready to do something the Russians will like but that the American people won’t." - Karl Rove for Fox News

  • "Republicans said Obama's comments suggest that he might be willing to abandon the missile-defense system" - USA Today
  • Parsing President Obama's private chat with Dmitry Medvedev - Wall Street Journal editorial
  • Meanwhile... "Mitt Romney is getting some heat from Dmitry Medvedev and House Speaker John Boehner for calling Russia the "No. 1 geopolitical foe" of the United States" - USA Today

Newt Gingrich is cutting back his campaign schedule and will lay off about a third of his cash-strapped campaign’s full-time staff - Politico

Gingrich Ad Image"In the delegate count, Gingrich trails badly, and he has gained few delegates in the most recent contests because of such a poor showing. His scaled-back primary schedule comes as Rick Santorum tries to close a yawning delegate gap with Romney and narrow the race to a two-man contest, even as the former Massachusetts governor racks up endorsements and seems to be on his way to becoming the nominee." - Washington Post

  • Santorum still not calling for Gingrich to leave race - MSNBC

6 in 10 Republicans would like Gingrich and Paul to abandon their White House bids - USA Today

  • Why didn't the passion for Ron Paul translate into more votes? - New York Times

More latest polling:

  • Half of all Americans now express unfavorable views of Mitt Romney, a new high for the GOP presidential hopeful in Washington Post-ABC News polling.
  • Romney leading Santorum 39% to 31% in Wisconsin - Wall Street Journal
  • Romney has also caught up with Santorum in Pennsylvania - PittsburghLive

Romney's one word descriptions of possible running mates...

  • ""Indomitable," he said when Mr. Leno mentioned New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie.
  • "The American dream," he said to Florida Sen. Marco Rubio.
  • "Creative," to Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan.
  • When the host said, "Donald Trump," Mr. Romney said "Huge," using the real estate magnate's own catchword.
  • But when Mr. Leno said, "Rick Santorum," the former governor shot back: "Press secretary," drawing some chuckles from the crowd."

Collected by The Washington Times.

A Role For Santorum? Romney Says ‘Press Secretary’ - Wall Street Journal

Criteria for picking a VP candidate

"The first rule of picking a vice president is that he or she should do no harm — a criterion that may have increased in importance since John McCain picked Ms. Palin in 2008. There are four ways that a vice-presidential nominee could potentially hurt the ticket: by being unready, undisciplined, unvetted or unpopular. Governors are probably worse than senators by a couple of these measures." - Nate Silver

Palin Sarah blackSarah Palin approves of Santorum's profanity against "liberal-leftist, in-the-tank for Obama press character" - Commentary

Republicans are moving early to staff campaign efforts in swing states, fearing the prolonged GOP nomination battle is ceding too much time for Obama re-election forces to rally voters - Wall Street Journal

Rasmussen’s polls have Republicans leading Democrats for eight Senate seats now held by Democrats - Dick Morris for The Hill

Marco Rubio backs his state’s Stand Your Ground policy — the controversial law now at the heart of the Trayvon Martin case - Politico

Congress gave final approval to a popular, but controversial, bill that aims to make it easier for small businesses to access investment capital - LA Times

Walker scott 2Scott Walker has small leads in Wisconsin recall election over potential Democrat challengers - Hotline

"Now is the time for all good tea partiers to come to the aid of Wisconsin. Fiscally conservative leaders in the Badger State are under coordinated siege from Big Labor, the White House, the liberal media, and the judiciary" - Michelle Malkin for NRO

Obama's HUGE defense cuts

"President Obama’s budget cuts defense by $487 billion over the next ten years. Furthermore, the president has not led an effort to avoid an additional $500 billion of cuts under the so-called “sequestration,” which will likely result in what Obama’s secretary of defense predicts will be “smallest ground force since 1940, the smallest number of ships since 1915, and the smallest Air Force in its history.” - The Weekly Standard

38% of Americans believe there is “too much expression of religious faith and prayer from political leaders”

Gerson"Candidates such as Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry have practiced a kind of identity politics, urging evangelicals to support one of their own. Then they reduced the evangelical tradition to a pathetic caricature, defined by support for school prayer or (in Bachmann’s case) conspiratorial opposition to vaccines. Their view of Christian social ethics is strangely identical to the most uncompromising anti-government ideology — involving the systematic subordination of a rich tradition of social justice to a narrow and predictable political agenda. It is difficult to imagine Bachmann or Perry in the same political universe as evangelical abolitionists and social reformers William Wilberforce and Lord Shaftesbury." - Mike Gerson in the Washington Post

"Politicians say they "create jobs." In fact, only the private sector generates the information needed to create real, productive jobs." - John Stossel for RCP 

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