CBS News Analyst Blasts ‘Smug’ Scalia as ‘Bully’ for Daring to Doubt Constitutionality of ObamaCare

Catching up with what The Weekly Standard dubbed “the prize for unhinged emotionalism” in reaction from within the liberal bubble to the Supreme Court’s oral arguments on ObamaCare,  back on Friday, March 30, Andrew Cohen, the “chief analyst and legal editor for CBS Radio News,” wrote on The Atlantic’s Web site:

“The arguments in the Care Act cases may be funny to Justice Antonin Scalia, the bully that he is, but they aren’t funny to the single father who will avoid bankruptcy because of the law.”

Cohen’s cheap shot, highlighted in a “Scrapbook” item I caught in the April 7 Weekly Standard, came in #7 of “13 Final Thoughts About the Health Care Arguments.”

Cohen, who back in 2005-2007 appeared occasionally on CBS News television newscasts but is now, thankfully, confined to a few brief soundbites on the radio side, asserted in the blog post:

7. Smug justice. I admit I lost my temper on Wednesday. The arguments in the Care Act cases may be funny to Justice Antonin Scalia, the bully that he is, but they aren't funny to the single father who will avoid bankruptcy because of the law, or to the millions of others who will benefit from the Medicaid expansion or from the provision that allows young people to stay longer on their parents’ health care plans. Justice Scalia gets his health insurance from the government. To him, the care act is just another statute. Fine. Let him be so dispassionate when his conservative fellow travelers ask him to endorse an act of Congress.

Brent Baker
Brent Baker
Brent Baker is the Steven P.J. Wood Senior Fellow and VP for Research and Publications at the Media Research Center