"When a law student sent me an email with the statutory language, I had to ask if this was a joke," says Chattanooga attorney Lee Davis.
It's a joke, all right. The chairwoman of the state Senate Judiciary Committee apparently is unaware that the judiciary is a co-equal branch of government, not some pathetic state agency subject to her commands. She might benefit by reading Marbury v. Madison. That's an old Supreme Court case, senator. We guess you missed the day your 8th grade social studies teacher talked about that one.
So if the Supreme Court strikes down Obamacare, will Beavers complain about judicial activism? Hah!
Update: Only Mae Beavers could make Lt. Gov. Ron Ramsey sound reasonable. Asked about Beavers' latest bright idea, even Ramsey scoffed.
"That is crossing the line on separation of powers between the legislative and judicial branches. Because we make the law and they interpret the law. If you don't like what they're coming down with, then you do everything you can to change the court."
Update II: Beavers withdraws her bill. We think Ramsey made her do it, proving Tennessee Republicans are capable of embarrassment.