In the SOTU, Obama went after the Supreme Court (or at least the five naughty justices) for deciding that the language “Congress shall make no law abridging the freedom of speech” means just what it says. Commenting on this outburst, law professor Bradley Smith writes that Obama’s attack displays either “blithering ignorance of the law” or “demagoguery of the worst kind.”

I think Obama is now like a chess player who has blundered into a bad position on the board and is under time pressure. Hoping to pull out a win, he’s trying reckless, desperate moves without thinking them through. Going after the Court for protecting freedom of speech is akin to a wild “check” that is easily countered.