Chris Matthews on Thursday made a very cynical observation about the Supreme Court upholding ObamaCare.
Appearing on MSNBC Live shortly after the ruling was announced, Matthews said, "There must be a strange feeling down in Texas right now in the Bush family that they created a Chief Justice" that ruled this way (video follows with transcribed highlights and commentary):
As the segment began, Matthews was asked about how the GOP is responding to the ruling.
“The Republicans were counting on a 5-4 decision against this law,” Matthews answered. “They were hoping they could high five today the way the President's high-fiving by saying, ‘We’ve been saying all along that this President’s illegitimate, that he’s behaving unconstitutionally, that the Supreme Court has now ruled that we were right all along, that we’ve been proven right.’”
“Today they have a different result,” Matthews continued. “No one predicted a 5-4 decision for the President with the Chief Justice, appointed by George W. Bush, by the way, ruling in the majority.”
“There must be a strange feeling down in Texas right now in the Bush family that they created a Chief Justice,” said Matthews. “By the way, here was Bush coming in because of the Supreme Court led by Republicans. Here he is basically responsible now by having appointed John Roberts to the Court to be Chief Justice.”
Matthews continued, “This is a strange day, and is clearly a strange day in favor of the President. The President now knows he goes in the history books as having been the first Democratic president, in fact any president of either party going back to Teddy Roosevelt, to achieve healthcare. And he’s now got it in the books ratified as constitutional. That is a fact that's going to outlive this election, outlive all of these discussions.”
Think the man that gets up thrill up his leg whenever Obama speaks is happy today?
— Noel Sheppard (@NoelSheppard) June 9, 2012