Justice Roberts vs. The White House

March 10, 2010 1:24:38 PM PST
It's the artificially created protocol that's falling by the wayside in the suddenly red-hot and rather nasty back-and-forth between the White House and Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts.

It started at the State of the Union speech, when President Obama criticized the Court's ruling that threw out a century of campaign financing law, and allows corporations to contribute to election campaigns. It was a rare barb by a President towards the Court, whose members sit stony faced at these events, not applauding or chiding the delivered lines.

But Democrats cheered, while the Justices showed no emotion.

There was some rumbling about protocol being broken right after, but the issue remained quiet until yesterday, when Chief Justice Roberts shot back at the President during a speech.

Today the White House, rather than let it pass, picked up the brick, and reiterated its criticism of the Court's split decision overturning the campaign finance laws.

Now what? Tonight at 11, we'll have the latest on the growing brouhaha, which one hopes dies down.

We'll also have the news of the night, plus highlights from our town hall meeting in Brooklyn, which is the borough where I'm writing this, as we once again take Eyewitness News to your neighborhood.

Lee Goldberg will also have his AccuWeather forecast, and Scott Clark will have the sports of the night. I hope you can join Liz Cho and me, tonight at 11.

BILL RITTER


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