Fail(s) of the Day

Today has been a magnificent day for the Obama campaign and the millions of Americans who have been assured that they will have access to healthcare, but it’s also been a day filled with astonishing failures among the media and the Right Wing.

For example, the earliest reports out of the Supreme Court today got it wrong.

Screenshots via ThinkProgress, which also has a list of other news organizations that got it wrong including The Huffington Post, NPR, and Time.

According to Politico, these incorrect reports from CNN and Fox News actually lead President Obama to believe it had been overturned for a short time.

A bit crestfallen and anxious for more detail, Obama stood watching the four monitors in the outer Oval Office. A minute later, he was joined by White House counsel Kathryn Ruemmler, who flashed a double-thumbs-up and informed him the report was wrong. [...]

Obama was confused by the cognitive dissonance of what he was hearing from Ruemmler and what he was seeing on TV. For a few seconds, he gazed at the monitors quizzically, and eventually decided to trust his staff over CNN, according to a senior administration official.

Way to go, CNN! Home of the Worst Political Team on Television.

Additionally, today’s ruling lead to some exceptionally unhinged commentary by the usual suspects on the Right

This from Breitbart.com’s Ben Shapiro, who literally wrote the book on Sesame Street turning our children into gay socialists.

And this

Rep. Mike Pence (R-IN) reportedly compared the Supreme Court decision upholding President Obama’s health care law to the September 11 attacks at a closed door GOP meeting on Thursday, several sources tell Politico.

And the crown jewel of shitty punditry, Fox News digial politics editor Chris Stirewalt offered this bit of insight

STIREWALT: I can sum it up this way: at the White House, it’s a good day. The president’s probably very happy that he was vindicated by the Supreme Court. But out in Chicago, at the president’s campaign headquarters, this can not have been the happiest news. I’m sure, from a cynical political perspective, they much rather would have had this issue go away and the Supreme Court take it down so the president could go rally the troops. Instead, it’s Romney’s troops who are rallied.

Got that? This is bad news for Obama because it would have been better for his reelection chances if it had been declared unconstitutional.

For his part Rush Limbaugh also weighed in on today’s events by calling Chief Justice John Roberts an “activist judge.”

Today’s ruling clearly caught the Right off-guard. They were expecting a slam dunk victory for their side.

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  • bphoon

    I also saw a retweet of Sarah Palin saying Thanks, SCOTUS, this rallies the troops, blah, blah, blah. Maddow tweeted a link to an unhinged email from the former spokesman for the Michigan GOP advocating armed rebellion. Damn, how these knotheads react when something doesn’t go their way!

    What’s his name from the Daily Caller today lamented how the conservative movement keeps getting “betrayed” by “their” court appointees and wondered when they will ever get justices who adhere to the Constitution. Here I thought it was SCOTUS who was supposed to interpret the Constitution. And to find out it’s really the Daily Caller, well, damn!

    I carry a copy of the Constitution and Declaration of Independence with me quite a bit of the time. I’ve read both documents cover to cover multiple times and I have yet to find any reference to “liberal” or “conservative” anywhere in either. Seems to me these are documents that are to apply to all the American people regardless of political persuasion.

    I’m no fan of John Roberts and have feared this court had turned into a purely political organ. I’m relieved to find out that there are still one or two justices who live by the rule of law and interpret the Constitution without regard to the politics of the issue, at least some of the time.

    Rulings may not go our way all the time (or hardly any of the time, it seems sometimes) but I do respect justices who write decisions in good faith that they believe adhere not only to the letter but also the spirit of the Constitution.

  • Lazarus Durden

    Yes Ben it’s the destruction of America as YOU know it. You’re definitely right about that. What’s a wingnut to do?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000098740588 Jeremy Grunloh

    Wait, Roberts is an “activist judge” for NOT overturning a law? Wasn’t it just like last week that to be an “activist judge”, you had to UNDO laws passed by legislative bodies, not… ya know… do nothing?

    • nathkatun7

      Jeremy G., in your efforts to be sane and rational, you entirely failed to understand the right wing definition of what constitutes an “activist judge.” For the right wingers, an “activist judge” is a judge who does not rule, 100%, in favor of right wing ideology all the time. Today, Chief Justice, John Roberts, failed to adhere to the right wing standards. Don’t be surprised if right wingers start calling for Robert’s impeachment.

  • muselet

    Possibly the funniest thing I’ve read this month. It’s even relevant.

    –alopecia

  • mrbrink

    Wingnuts are probably threatening to move to Canada to get away from all this government regulated health insurance.