Posted by | January 26, 2011 15:12 | Filed under: Top Stories

Constitution-loving Republicans are invoking a document from the 1700’s that legal scholars say is unconstitutional in a desperate attempt to overturn health care reform.

They are introducing measures that hinge on “nullification,” Thomas Jefferson’s late 18th-century doctrine that purported to give states the ultimate say in constitutional matters.

GOP lawmakers introduced such a measure Wednesday in the Idaho House, and Alabama, Kansas, Maine, Missouri, Montana, Oregon, Nebraska, Texas and Wyoming are also talking about the idea.

Just like repeal, itself, it has no chance of working.

The efforts are completely unconstitutional in the eyes of most legal scholars because the U.S. Constitution deems federal laws “the supreme law of the land.” The Idaho attorney general has weighed in as well, branding nullification unconstitutional.

“There is no right to pick and choose which federal laws a state will follow,” wrote Assistant Chief Deputy Attorney General Brian Kane.

Republicans, you know, love the Constitution. Except for the parts they don’t like.

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By: Alan

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