Durbin: Obama Was Within Rights To Speak Up About Supreme Court

CHICAGO (CBS) — U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) is defending President Barack Obama’s remarks on the U.S. Supreme Court and health care.

As WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports, President Obama drew some sharp criticism by saying he is confident the Supreme Court would not take the extraordinary step of overturning the health care law.

Helping field the criticism is Durbin, who says Obama’s remarks are well within limits.

“For someone to say something critical about a Supreme Court argument or decision happens to be part of this country that we live in,” Durbin said. “There are countries where you can’t be critical of any branch of government, or you end up in jail. Thank God America’s not one of them.”

Durbin, speaking earlier in the week, said the nice thing about a democracy is that people can speak up, as did the President about Supreme Court deliberations on affordable health care.

LISTEN: WBBM Newsradio’s John Cody reports

  • southside

    This guy is an embarassment. Glad to see he is focused on passing a budget that won’t bankrupt our country. Dump Durbin in 2014.

  • Me

    Durbin is correct. Pres Obama has the right to be critical about the other branches of government. My problem with the President’s comments was the ‘Judicial Activism’ comment. The Dems have been using Judicial Activism to bypass the Legislative and Executive branches for years.

    • tom sharp

      Absolutely correct Me: Their very selective indignation and hypocrisy are duly noted!

    • Me 2

      it has been going both ways forever and it always against us guys that pay the bills, the taxpayer…term limits in congress and the supreme court….no one should be given a lifetime job on our dime.

  • Just Axin

    D Dirtbag is a real stroke. He acts like he cares about the constitution, yet his voting record shows a real commie.

  • Someone who cares

    Durbin has never said anything that I take seriously. He’s like this clown in a suit that struts around believing he’s the most important person in town. He’s completely, as usual, misleading everyone as he acks as a sycophant for this cheap suit. What bo did was to throw a cheap shot at the scotus and to use it as an act of intimidation. This act of intimidating the court threatens our very well placed “checks and balances” in this country. By making these statements about the courts, the judges, who are human, will be intimidated against making proper judgment of the law in order to avoid “tainting” their legacy. This cheap shot is also very much consistent with the chicago thug political tactics. The Court of Appeals did absolutely the right thing to compel the wh to acknowledge what is at stake here.

  • Richard Durbin

    I’m saddened to see so many negative comments about me here. Too bad I am going to be elected again with or without your help!

    • OLD VET


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    What a rotten piece of corned beef this blarney as s is.

    • G-Lep

      Equating D!ck TURBAN to corned beef is an insult to corned beef.

  • Me 2

    The Justices are not Gods and they surely can’t be right all the time, but by giving them lifetime terms the power tends to make them into idiots that think they are Gods…..

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