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editorial | Obama v. the Supreme Court

Better to take the high road

MAYBE BECAUSE every other constitutional professor in the country has been interviewed about last week’s Supreme Court oral arguments on the health care overhaul, President Obama - himself a former professor - just couldn’t help himself.

His comments on the case, during a news conference with leaders from Mexico and Canada, were a pointed warning to the court that invalidating his signature piece of legislation would be an “unprecedented, extraordinary’’ act of judicial activism. Yet while Obama is right to worry about a waning sense of judicial restraint among the court’s most conservative members, he still should have taken the high road and left it to his lawyers to defend the law.

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