“You think you know Wheat Thins? YOU THINK YOU KNOW WHEAT THINS? Well fuck you.”
I so, so, so hope this memo was written by a Mizzou (my alma mater) strat comm grad.
When Stephen Colbert injects himself into your process, that’s when you know you’re a joke. Talking to you, Republicans plus cable news.
For someone who grew up on Follies, hums Sunday in the Park With George in the shower, and cries at “Being Alive,” AND is a huge Stephen Colbert fan, watching Colbert fanboy Sondheim is the best thing I’ve seen today.
Granted, most of what I’ve seen today is my torts casebook, so I’m not sure there’s much competition, but still.
Stephen Colbert (via soupsoup)
Stephen Colbert is my favorite.
And, you know, to be fair to SCOTUS, in all likelihood they’ll find for the U.S. government, either on the merits, or because there’s no standing. It’s sort of a technical legal point, but the insurance mandate actually doesn’t take effect till 2014. Courts only rule on “cases and controversies,” so you can’t really say, “Hey, I don’t like this law, so I’m going to sue.” You have to have been literally harmed by the law. No one’s been harmed yet, i.e. had to buy insurance, so in the strictest legal sense, probably no one has standing to sue. Which means it’s entirely possible SCOTUS will rule, “Yeah, nice clever arguments, lawyers. But we’re not even going to tell you whether the law is unconstitutional or not. Because you people don’t have the right to sue.”
It’s also entirely possible the court will side with the plaintiffs, i.e. the people who argue the case is unconstitutional, on the standing issue, though probably not on the merits. Plaintiffs argue that this individual mandate is like a train coming down the tracks towards them and they should be able to stop it before they’re metaphorically killed. So the Court could say they have standing, but even if they decide the plaintiffs have standing, I’m willing to bet my entire law school scholarship that SCOTUS will find for the government. Because, you know, mandating insurance coverage purchasing is pretty much the definition of “interstate commerce.” They’re not that unreasonable.
I mean, I’ve been in law school for like a month, people. I’m pretty sure that means I’m basically a lawyer.