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Greta Van Susteren Ignores Accusations Of Impropriety Against FL AG Pam Bondi While Promoting Her Anti-ObamaCare Legal Challenge

Reported by Ellen - August 16, 2011 -

Greta Van Susteren’s On The Record has spent quite a bit of time highlighting legal challenges to the Affordable Care Act, better known on Fox News as ObamaCare. One of the regular guests on the subject has been Florida’s Attorney General, Pam Bondi, described by Van Susteren as “leading the multi-state health care lawsuit.” Bondi joined Van Susteren again last night (8/15/11) in the wake of the 11th Circuit’s recent ruling that the mandate part of the Act is unconstitutional. Predictably, Bondi and Van Susteren used that ruling to raise questions about President Obama. But it so happens that Bondi is in a bit of her own professional hot water. Just as predictably, that never came up.

Bondi wasted no time getting right to suggesting that President Obama would “try to make this political” (as if she weren’t) by not moving the case immediately to the Supreme Court - instead of letting it go through the appeals process and avoiding a Supreme Court decision until after the 2012 election. She went on to charge that it was “morally indefensible and it’s ethically indefensible if he places politics over our Constitutional rights.” Meaning, of course, placing his politics over hers.

And Fox’s. Van Susteren jumped in to offer what she thought was “a real practical reason for taxpayers” to having the Supreme Court rule now.

Somehow, Van Susteren overlooked explaining the administration’s position to the “fair and balanced” network’s viewers. As The New American, published by a wholly-owned subsidiary of the John Birch Society (so hardly a liberal outfit), noted as part of the reason for the administration’s decision:

Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal, writing for the administration… argued that it “is not, however, one of the rare cases that justifies” skipping the appeals process, especially given that the individual mandate does not go into effect until 2014. “The constitutionality of the minimum coverage provision,” he pointed out, “is already under expedited review in three courts of appeals, and expedition has been sought in a fourth.” Furthermore, even if the Supreme Court were to grant (VA Attorney General) Cuccinelli’s motion, he said, the court would not likely be able to hear the case before fall, by which time one or more of the appeals may very well be on its docket anyway.

Tennant went on to say, “Most of Katyal’s arguments seem well-grounded and reasonable.”

But speaking of morality and ethics – plus practicalities – it seems that Bondi’s got plenty of those sorts of problems of her own. A few days ago, an article in the Orlando Sentinel began:

Eight months after she took office as a first-time elected official, Attorney General Pam Bondi is facing a management crisis replete with allegations of old-fashioned political interference in cases and a revolving door between lawyers and the companies they investigate

Don’t hold your breath waiting for any tough questions for Bondi about any of that on Fox News.

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