The action today was certainly here:
A Martian landing on the lawn of Our Nation's Capitol might have wondered why lots of people with dark skin were opposing a smaller number of people with white skin--peacefully, of course.
Amid hundreds of onlookers, including one hundred different progressive groups, lines of demonstrators defended Obamacare heartily and colorfully; the Martian would have noted that lots more people favored than opposed this Obamacare.
Statistics indicate otherwise. Lots of people oppose Obamacare, but the chief opposition, a couple without insurance, went bankrupt from health-care expenses after that.
The prognosis is glum, I learned from attorneys and reporters who heard this pivotal day 2 of the hearings. Most expect the usual 5-4 to defeat the individual mandate; the rest of the legislation may or may not survive. This will represent the first time in seventy-five years that landmark legislation by a sitting president was overturned by SCOTUS, though Citizens United was said de facto to have overturned the McCain-Feingold campaign finance legislation.
I could have entitled this piece "Clarence Thomas Asked No Questions," but that would be as clear as entitling an early op-ed on the Florida debacle "Slumber Party," as Frank Rich did in a February 2001 piece in the New York Times.
Following are some photos taken on this perfect day in cherry-blossom-festooned Washington, DC:
today's majority anyway
First Amendment right to be heard
I hope there's plenty of room in her house for adoptees from people who can't afford to or simply can't raise children
Excellent coverage of today's proceedings by the two guys to the right
first photo I took; poor guys were sitting on curb dejected til I came along
Representatives of NOW
4 o'clock: time for Tea
LOTS of press showed up--even WaPo!
Santorum was there yesterday, I thought!
Santorum wasn't here today!