December 22, 2010 2:08 pm ET - by Media Matters Action Network
Congressional Republicans have been getting beat up in the lame duck session, but they are still jubilant about one triumph that could make up for all the defeats. A Virginia judge's recent ruling that the individual mandate in the Affordable Care Act is unconstitutional set off a premature victory lap from GOP lawmakers, who are more confident than ever that health care reform will not stand. But there's been little attention paid to the ideological actor behind the decision, or to his logical error that one conservative legal scholar called "fairly obvious and quite significant."
Fortunately, progressive Rep. Louise Slaughter (D-NY) is fighting back. Citing Political Correction's research on Judge Henry E. Hudson — who has written about his "twenty years of active service to the Republican party" and his failed bid for media stardom — Slaughter has a column in the Huffington Post on the "right-wing judge" trying to kill health care reform:
What if I told you that you were going to trial on Monday, but that what you said in the court room didn't matter?
What if I told you the presiding judge had spent 20 years working against your beliefs?
What if I told you that he cared more about media exposure than judging your case on its merits?
What if I told you that he used to receive income from the lawyer prosecuting your case?
What if I told you he had ownership in a firm that prospered from working against your case?
Would you think you were receiving a fair trial?
Read the full piece HERE.
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