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Which is the stronger majority?

On Monday, the president said this about the Supreme Court review of Obamacare, “Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”  Emphasis added.

On March 21, 2010, the U.S. House  passed the “Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act” by a vote of 219-212, with 34 Democrats joining 178 Republicans in opposition.  No Republicans vote for the bill.  (That’s a 7-vote margin.)

Fewer than ten months later, on January 19, 2011, the chamber, under new leadership, in large part because of opposition to said Act, acted to repeal the legislation by vote of 245-189, with three Democrats joined the sizable Republican majority.  (That’s a 56-vote margin.)

Would you agree with me that a 56-vote margin is a stronger majority than a 7-vote margin in a legislative body which hadn’t grown any larger between the two votes?

FROM THE COMMENTS: JP offers, “Also for great true ‘Strong Majorities’ see 0bama’s budgets. He got total agreement with no votes at all from BOTH parties. That’s a strong majority.”

UPDATE:  Seems I wasn’t the only one to make this observation.

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9 Comments

  1. no no…he thinks the dems are able to lift a few more pounds than the Repubs..hence “Strong Majority”.
    Or he is not referring to the vote in the house, but instead referring to those in his PARTY who voted for it (all those nasty republicans don’t count in his fantasy world)

    Comment by JP — April 4, 2012 @ 1:07 pm - April 4, 2012

  2. I am still believing that Obama can take or leave a second term.
    He will be just as popular with supporters/fawners either way.

    That being said: I also think he is trying to p*** off as
    many people as possible (who are not his supporters/fawners),
    and at the same time enjoying the idea of doing anything he likes while watching opponents try to stop him.

    What else explains the way he trashes a court that he will have to
    accept for another 9 months or another 4 years and 9 months?

    Comment by Geena — April 4, 2012 @ 1:07 pm - April 4, 2012

  3. Would you agree with me that a 56-vote margin is a stronger majority than a 7-vote margin

    I’d agree that Obama lives in a crazy world of denial.

    Comment by ILoveCapitalism — April 4, 2012 @ 1:42 pm - April 4, 2012

  4. I would also point out that Proposition 8 and DOMA both passed by a significantly higher margin than did Obamacare.

    So whenever one of Obama’s liberal defenders starts whining about that, use those two examples, and watch them choke on their tongues.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 4, 2012 @ 1:44 pm - April 4, 2012

  5. And remember the freakout gay-sex liberals had over anyone calling for the removal, via election or impeachment, of justices? Remember them saying that doing so was unconstitutional, crippling checks and balances, etc.?

    Make them eat for what their Obama is calling.

    Comment by North Dallas Thirty — April 4, 2012 @ 2:00 pm - April 4, 2012

  6. It is Democrat dogma that liberaism/socialism/progressvism must always advance. To assert otherwise is blasphemy against the religion of the left.

    Comment by V the K — April 4, 2012 @ 3:35 pm - April 4, 2012

  7. “Ultimately, I’m confident that the Supreme Court will not take what would be an unprecedented, extraordinary step of overturning a law that was passed by a strong majority of a democratically elected Congress.”

    Because, you know, the court should give more weight to whether the bill passed the Congress than it should on whether or not it is Constitutional.

    Is he tripping on something??? If so, I want some of that reality distorting drug.

    Actually, I think he needs to stop cracking down on medical marijuana and try some himself. Looks like he needs some to mellow himself out.

    PS. Well, at least he hasn’t gone all Andrew Jackson on us yet, and tell the court that sure, they can rule against him – but let them try to enforce the ruling…. He’ll make the insurance companies do his bidding anyway.

    Comment by Sonicfrog — April 4, 2012 @ 3:51 pm - April 4, 2012

  8. For a constitutional lawyer he seems not to understand the document. No matter what “majority” passes an unconstitutional piece of legislation it remains unconstitutional and should be struck down.

    Comment by P Gillenwater — April 4, 2012 @ 3:53 pm - April 4, 2012

  9. P,
    He understands it perfectly…he just really really hates what it stands for.

    Also for great true “Strong Majorities” see 0bama’s budgets. He got total agreement with no votes at all from BOTH parties. That’s a strong majority.

    Comment by JP — April 5, 2012 @ 2:14 am - April 5, 2012

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