I posted here yesterday about White House Press Secretary Jay Carney's dissent from the Supreme Court's decision upholding ObamaCare's individual mandate. Carney, like many prominent Democrats, continues to insist that the provision is a penalty even though the court ruled that the mandate could only be constitutional if construed as a tax.
On an Obama campaign conference call organized yesterday, Maryland's Democratic Governor, Martin O’Malley, took an even harsher tone in rebuking people who describe the mandate as a tax. “They’re retreating to the last bastion of scoundrels, which is to try to cast this as some sort of tax increase,” O’Malley said, according to an article in The Boston Globe.
One can only assume that O'Malley didn't mean to impugn the man who wrote these words: "And if the mandate is in effect just a tax hike on certain taxpayers who do not have health insurance, it may be within Congress’s constitutional power to tax." That, of course, would be the chief justice of the United States.