There is no longer any doubt; indeed, this conclusion seemed unavoidable almost from the beginning of Karine Jean-Pierre’s tenure as President Biden’s paid liar. It was clear immediately that she, like so many other Biden Administration hires, was chosen to check off tribal boxes—female (check); black (check); lesbian (check)—and actual skill and qualifications were afterthoughts, if considered as factors at all. However, the bar for this position is lying-on-the-ground low; there was always a substantial chance that Jean-Pierre might prove barely capable at her job by pure luck, or charm, or something.
Nope. She’s the champ, and I can’t see any future White House spokesperson being worse unless one just froze in front of the cameras and twitched. What clinched it? This statement Jean-Pierre made yesterday:
“There has been an urgency from this President from day one, when the Supreme Court made this extreme decision to take away a constitutional right, it was an unconstitutional action by them.”
Wow. Even allowing for political hyperbole, stating that a Supreme Court ruling is unconstitutional is moronic, making every listener inclined to trust the President and his spokesperson instantly dumber.
Is it possible some advisor or speech-writer in the White House came up with the “unconstitutional” nonsense? I suppose, but that doesn’t let Karine off the hook: a barely conscious press secretary, one with a basic sense of self-respect, would have to react to such a suggestion by responding, “WHAT? That’s ridiculous: I’ll sound like an idiot. I won’t say it.”
To state the obvious for anyone who has a scintilla of civic literacy, a SCOTUS decision cannot be “unconstitutional” because the U.S. Constitution empowers the Court to be the ultimate arbiter on legal controversies. Saying that a decision one disagrees with is “unconstitutional” asserts that there is language in the Constitution that unequivocally states that the Court does not have the power to make it. The Court, for example, cannot amend the Constitution, because the method of amending the document is in the Constitution, and SCOTUS has no role in the process. If the Court decreed that an amendment would no longer be in effect, that would be unconstitutional, but that has never happened and can’t happen.
As vociferous as the minority’s dissents in Dobbs were, not one suggested that the majority’s ruling overturning Roe v. Wade (finally!) was “unconstitutional.” This is because, unlike Karine, the justices know what they are talking about. Jean-Pierre’s howler demonstrates, in contrast, that she doesn’t understand the Constitution, the Separation of Powers, the law, Roe v. Wade, the difference between enumerated rights and “penumbras,” and basic logic.
I would also assume that she hasn’t read the opinion that she called unconstitutional, but to be fair, most of the people screaming about Dobbs haven’t read it.
No, I don’t think the White House spokesperson was lying, or trying to deceive; I think it was just a stunningly ignorant and stupid comment by someone who is so far over her head in her job that coelacanths are looking down on her. If I were inclined to be cynical—Moi?—I might suggest that this was just another example of the Bidenites distorting language and definitions to confound public debate, like the recent effort to re-define “recession.”
That, however, gives Karine too much credit. She’s the worst press secretary ever.