Crucial week for Obama, nation as Supreme Court renders decisions
Health care plan, Arizona immigration law all up in the air
Many feel this will be President Obama's most important week in his second bid for another term come the elections in November. Many important decisions will be made by the Supreme Court and Congress this coming week, and the validity of many of the president's policies will be put to the test.
No matter how the Court rules on the Arizona law, which, both Obama and Romney will be forced to react to it - and how they do so will be closely watched by the Latino vote.
Congress is also to take action on the issues of federal student loans and highway projects, which are set to expire within the next week.
In addition, the House will vote on whether to hold Attorney General Eric Holder in contempt of Congress due to his refusal to turn over some documents related to the "Fast and Furious" gunrunning operation.
All of these issues by themselves would be a decisive factor in the re-election of a president. The fact that all of these questions are set to be answered in a single week may very well be the where and when Obama's second term bid was made or broken.
"We are in a short period right now where the candidates and the terms of the presidential debate will be defined, with several critical issues coming to a head and voters' perceptions of the economy, and who will best deal with it, clarifying," Steve Rosenthal, a longtime Democratic strategist says.
Paramount is the Supreme Court's ruling on the Affordable Care Act, with a decision set to be handed down either Monday or Thursday.
When the president signed the legislation into law, Obama touted it as a historic moment. Insisting he had done something that seven presidents had tried and failed to do, telling ABC's Charlie Gibson in December of 2009 that "this will be the single most important piece of domestic legislation passed since Social Security."
If the Court rules against the law, it would be seen as a repudiation of a major part of Obama's first term in office.
"The health-care decision alone makes this the most important week of the campaign," Dan Schnur, the director of the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics at the University of Southern California says. "No one really knows how the court decision will motivate or discourage the two sides of the debate, but it's hard to see any other real-world event between now and the election that carries such a large emotional impact for so many voters."
Immigration has emerged as an extremely timely issue, with Obama making a direct appeal to the growing Hispanic vote by announcing that his administration would cease to deport young illegal immigrants. Former Massachusetts governor Mitt Romney sought to counter Obama's move by announcing a series of policy proposals during a speech in Florida last week to the National Association of Latino Elected and Appointed Officials (NALEO).
However -- no matter how the Court rules on the Arizona law, which, among other things, both Obama and Romney will be forced to react to it - and how they do so will be closely watched by the Latino vote.
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