Feldman: Ben Carson’s Dangerous View of Judicial Authority
By Noah Feldman
Bloomberg News via The Denver Post
POSTED: 05/13/2015 05:00:00 PM MDT
Ben Carson will never be president. But his candidacy and the views associated with it aren’t a joke; they’re an important reflection on the current state of American populist conservatism. That’s why it’s worth analyzing Carson’s recent comments suggesting that the president may not have to obey the Supreme Court’s interpretation of the law.
The conversation on “Fox News Sunday” began with Chris Wallace asking the Republican presidential candidate, in light of a comment he had made earlier: “Do you believe that the president must observe a decision by the Supreme Court?” Carson’s first answer was straightforward enough. “Well,” he replied, “what I said is the president doesn’t have to agree with it.” Wallace could’ve taken the answer, but he persisted, asking, “But does he have to enforce it?”