Chris Matthews Hammers Ted Cruz: Republicans ‘Loved’ the Supreme Court in 2000 (Video)

ted-cruz-hardballThough the rhetoric is winding down just a bit, there’s still barking going on from some within the Republican party over the “5 unelected lawyers” who ultimately ruled that bans on same-sex marriage violated the Fourteenth Amendment. Funny, these same people seem perfectly happy when the very conservative members of the Court (Scalia/Thomas/Alito) almost always rule in favor of Republican ideology.

Ironically, looking at the two big cases that were ruled on in the same week (the Affordable Care Act and same-sex marriage) Chief Justice Roberts voted on different sides in each case, whereas Kennedy sided with liberals on same-sex marriage – and both were appointed by Republicans. So, to argue that the Supreme Court is somehow “liberalism run amok” is just ridiculous. In fact, there are five “conservative” justices vs. four “liberal” ones, so even the makeup of the Court isn’t considered “liberal.”

The indisputable fact is that the ACA and same-sex marriage don’t end up being ruled in favor of liberal ideology unless a justice appointed by a Republican president votes in favor of that ideology. Which is exactly what happened in both instances – and with the ACA, twice. 

All that being said, it still hasn’t prevented hypocrites like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) from continuing to whine about the fact that conservatives once again found themselves on the wrong side of history. In fact, following the ruling on same-sex marriage, Cruz has essentially advocated that every eight years Supreme Court Justices should face elections. Because, you know, what better way to make the Court less political than by adding even more politics to it, right?

Well, during an interview with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews, the Texas senator was hammered over the Republican hypocrisy when it comes to the Supreme Court, with Matthews stating that they were fine in 2000 when the Supreme Court (voting along partisan lines) gave the presidency to George W. Bush.

After Cruz said he was tired of “unelected judges” deciding major issues, Matthews shot back, “They [the Supreme Court] seized the presidency in 2000, you did not complain… you loved it.”

And Matthews is absolutely right. Along those same lines, Republicans didn’t have any problem when the Court allowed Hobby Lobby to force its religious views on others or when it said that money equaled speech – though those are clearly rulings with which liberals highly disagreed.

The problem with the Court is that it was never meant to be partisan. We shouldn’t have “liberal” or “conservative” judges – because they should simply rule on law, not politics. All someone in a position of a judge or Supreme Court Justice is supposed to do is interpret the law. And in the case of our Supreme Court, whether or not certain laws that were passed violate the Constitution.

Of course, that’s not what we’re seeing. The Court is increasingly becoming more and more partisan, which isn’t a good thing for anyone. While liberals are celebrating now, it’s not out of the realm of possibility that this very same Court will end up with an overwhelming majority of conservative justices in the near future (especially if Republicans win in 2016) and a lot of what we’ve been fighting for will be undone.

What both liberals and conservatives should want is a Supreme Court (and a judicial system as a whole) that rules according to law and our Constitution, not personal ideology or beliefs.

Watch the interview below via MSNBC:

Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.


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  • Creeayshun Sighuntist

    I guess this right wing supreme court isn’t “bat guano crazy” right wing enough for Cruz and today’s brand of republican. It should scare America that republican nominated and confirmed justices aren’t extreme enough for Cruz and the majority of these baggers. If we get one of these nitwits as a president, you can bet we will have a Roy Moore or Gary Kreep type of a nomination to jack up the supreme court for a generation.

  • mister_g43

    Allen hit the nail right on the head with this one. The solution to the Supreme Court is not elections, thus circumventing the Constitution– something the right loves to pin on Obama– but making sure the justices selected will rule on the law, not on the agendas of their particular political vein. Judges are supposed to be, as much as possible, unbiased; otherwse they need to recuse themselves for conflict of interest…

    • John Michael Hutton

      Scalia and Thomas have no clue as to the law. They should have NEVER been appointed to the Supremes. Rule on the law not political beliefs. Way to screw over WE THE PEOPLE.

  • GimmeSomeTruth

    Hey Teddy, how many times you and your pals from the Conservative/Republican Party are going to bring the ACA to the SCOTUS for “repeal”…. Indeed, the lunatics from the GOP loved the SCOTUS back in 2000.

  • Thunder Panus

    We have two lesbians serving in the court so it should surprise no one the vote went the way it did.

    • Peter Mrozik

      Yeah, Scalia seems quite light in the loafers. Who’s the other one, Thomas or Roberts?

    • Howard Sands

      Well, even if you’re right about that, its only two votes. So maybe the others voted the way they did because, I don’t know, perhaps they believe that even people different from themselves should have the same rights. Kapeesh Mr P Anus?

  • diana harrell

    Matthews is an obnoxious left wing pos. I have never tuned in to watch him. Just seeing/hearing him on facebook was more then enough. He is like the rest of obamas network ass kissers and hearing one is hearing them all.

    • raypc800

      Nice GOP Troll comment, cannot argue with the facts, so spout biased drivel.

      • Howard Sands

        They ALWAYS argue with the facts. They spout biased drivel too. Nobody said they couldn’t multi task.


    Elections for judges is just about the most asinine idea the GOP has until I wait a few minutes and something stupider they think of takes its place. Electing judges is very damaging to checks and balances, and the GOP wants checks and balances eliminated because thier racist, bigoted ideas would get no traction otherwise.

  • rossbro

    Tired of hearing about the crazy Texasshole. Stop the free press coverage of this lunatic.

    • Brian

      Just because you ignore it doesn’t mean it goes away. Tons of conservative outlets will continue, as will Cruz himself, even if every center and left blog ignored him.