There are a lot of things we can say about the 5-4 ruling in favor of Hobby Lobby.
We can say it’s an important win for religious liberty (it is) we can say that differentiating between a “closely held” corporation and a big publicly held one is far (it is). You can claim that it’s a horrible defeat for women (that’s nonsense) and you can fundraise off of visions of coathangers (I suspect that’s blast mail has already gone out). You might even claim it’s in the long run a win for Obamacare because it removes one of the drivers for the full repeal movement.
But while religious groups will be happy with the ruling & businesses will be happy as well in the list of winners would be incomplete if it didn’t include the group that won biggest by this ruling. the Establishment GOP and that victory driven not by Hobby Lobby’s victory but by the fact that it was 5-4.
After Mississippi, the tea party and the base have been rightly outraged. There were plenty of people asking themselves if it might be worth it to lose a seat like Mississippi on the theory of: If we don’t make the GOP pay now? When do we?
Hobby Lobby gives the GOP exactly the right answer.
If Hobby Lobby had lost it would have pushed the full repeal of Obamacare to the forefront. This is something that even if the establishment wanted to deliver (and it’s becoming apparent they do not) they could not as long as President Obama is in office).
If Hobby Lobby had won say 6-3 or better than the protections for religious liberty would have been pretty secure, secure enough that there would be no urgency.
But this ruling was 5-4, and that means that the left has the four votes needed to bring a new case to the court and is only a single vote away from reversing its course.
That makes control of the Senate and the ability to block a potential Supreme Court Justice during the last two years of the Obama administration where he would have absolutely no reason to restrain himself (Think Justice Bill Ayers or Elizabeth Warren).
I am a Tea Party supporter and I believe that the GOP has not earned the loyalty of its base, but elections take place every two years, Supreme Court appointment do not and when they happen they happen for life.
If the choice is between punishing the Mississippi GOP in general and Thad Cochran in particularly for their actions or having that 51 vote in the senate to stop a Barack Obama Justice I’ll put up with that graft for another 6 years. If the difference between Harry Reid or Mitch McConnell deciding if a Supreme Court nominee goes forward is Scott Brown being that 51st GOP Senator from NH then I say Go Scott Go!
If I’m Reince Priebus I’m thanking my lucky stars.
Update: Given the latest developments in the Mississippi scandal this came none too soon for the GOP
July is here and thanks to a solicitation to small tip jar hitters June was the first month since January were we made our bills.
The trick will be to see if we can make this happen without sending out a solicitation to tip jar hitters.
I think our work here speaks for itself. If you think its worthwhile I would ask you to hit DaTipJar below. If we can draw $50 a day we’ll make our goal with no problem.
Update: Now only one $25 tip jar hit away from the daily goal.