“On Wednesday, it was the Supreme Court’s turn to grapple with a reality that the rest of the country has come to know all too well: the political polarization of the modern Congress,” The Hill writes.
The New York Times: “The day after the Supreme Court suggested that President Obama’s health care law might be in danger of being held unconstitutional, the justices on Wednesday turned their attention to the practical consequences and political realities of such a ruling. The justices seemed divided on both questions before them: What should happen to the rest of the law if the court strikes down its core provision? And was the law’s expansion of the Medicaid program constitutional?”
“The White House has no contingency plans in place in the event the Supreme Court rules the healthcare law is unconstitutional,” The Hill writes. “White House officials said Wednesday they remain “confident” that the healthcare reform law is constitutional and is implementing all the provisions of the law.”
The RNC goads Solicitor General Donald Verilli with this web video harping on his pauses and stumbles.
Gimmicks, House GOP had a few: “The House on Wednesday night unanimously rejected an alternative budget proposal based on President Obama's 2013 budget plan, dispatching it in a 0-414 rout,” The Hill writes. “The vote came just hours after the White House cast the pending vote as a political ‘gimmick,’ an apparent attempt to downplay what many expected to be an ugly-looking vote for the White House.” The bill was introduced by a South Carolina Republican and he “was using Obama's top-line spending and revenue numbers as a budget proposal, without any specifics.”
Michelle Obama will speak at commencements at Virginia Tech and North Carolina A&T, an historically black college. Both are in key swing states.