Super Stupid

Steve King is Still Doing Steve King Things

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

Iowa congressman, secret border control agent, and man who can't forget what he buried that cornfield, Steve King, has introduced a bill that is so stupidly, hilariously unconstitutional and unenforceable I honestly can't even imagine what makes him think this will ever happen.

King's bill would prohibit the Supreme Court from citing its own legal opinions and rulings.

"It was my first order of business on the morning after ObamaCare passed into law, March 24, 2010, to draft and introduce my full, 100% repeal of ObamaCare," King said in a press release announcing the legislation. "By prohibiting the Supreme Court from citing ObamaCare cases, we will be truly eradicating this unconstitutional policy from all three branches of government so that the repeal will be complete."


If the Supreme Court cannot cite its own cases, that would mean no court can. And if no court can cite established case law then it would be as if there is no law. This is the dumbest shit.

I would note that the desire to replace "unconstitutional policy" with actually-unconstitutional policy is a uniquely Republican desire.

  • tommo

    This imbecile is not alone in the republican party. I cannot think of one with intelligence. They had Bill Buckley decades ago, but even he only sounded smart. Even he had no integrity. And don’t get me started on Saint Ronald. They have no ideas how to help our nation.

  • Kitty Smith

    Sigh. Mr King. I realize that your wife is so very, very proud of you because you haven’t rubbed your nose in or eaten your own shit in *five whole minutes*! That is, indeed, an amazing achievement. But that does not make you a smart man, no matter how much your wife says that it is so.

  • Badgerite

    This flies in the face of Marbury v Madison which established the principle of the Supreme Court as the final interpreter of the Constitution of the United States.
    Not that Steve King actually cares about such things.

    • swift_4

      I’m sorry, you can’t cite that case to make your point, so your whole point is invalid.

      • Badgerite

        “That case” is bedrock constitutional law. Put in place by Chief Justice John Marshall who was of the generation of 76 (that is he fought in the American Revolution and can be considered a founding father). It is the decision that established the Supreme Court as the ultimate authority in interpreting the US Constitution. If I can’t cite that then I can’t cite anything the Supreme Court has decided including Brown v Board of Education and Bush v Gore. What, in the world, are you talking about, “can’t cite that”. Of course I can. It is the law of the land. Has been for hundreds of years now. That particular point of law is “settled”.

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  • muselet

    Surprise, surprise, surprise. Steve King never attended law school. In fact, he never graduated from Northwest Missouri State University.

    TPM commenter “jgabriel”:

    Yeah, I can see the Supreme Court Justices scratching their heads at that one, and asking themselves, “So, if we do cite these cases in any of our future decisions, exactly which court will we be prosecuted in? And what are the sentencing guidlines?”

    I’m sure Steve King thinks this is a brilliant maneuver. I’m equally sure Steve King doesn’t tie his own shoes.


  • Dread_Pirate_Mathius

    Sweet Jesus.

    That would basically take the entire US legal framework and nuke it from orbit.

    This would be.. well this would be, bar none, the single most impactful piece of legislation ever passed. Ever. Bar none. I would effectively dissolve the United States as we know it.

    Trivia: Louisiana uses “code” or “book” law, whereas the rest of the country uses case law. At the state and local level, this wouldn’t impact them too much.

  • Why doesn’t he just pass a law of No-Take-Backs?

    What a maroon.

  • Draxiar

    I wonder if King’s mother still has the stupid stick she beat him with when he was a child.