Continuing the Capitol Hill drumbeat against the Supreme Court that President Barack Obama started last night in his State of the Union address, Senate Judiciary Committee chairman Patrick Leahy this morning called the Court's decision in Citizens United v. FEC a "threat to the rule of law." The Vermont Democrat took to the floor of the Senate to attack the decision and assert that it was made possible only by the changed composition of the Court, rather than legal reasoning.
"This decision puts the special interests of big oil, banks and insurance companies ahead of the interests of the American people, and it risks corrupting our political process," Leahy said. "It shows no deference to Congress and no respect for the rule of law as reflected in the precedents of the Supreme Court.
Calling it the most partisan Supreme Court ruling since Bush v. Gore, Leahy added, "I believe that the activist conservatives now on the Supreme Court got this decision dramatically wrong as a matter of constitutional interpretation and common sense."