The often astute Jeff Rosen eggs on Obama's confrontation with the Supreme Court, outlining a Court-bashing strategy Obama can use to his advantage. (Given Axelrod's interest in Lincoln's political savvy, I'm sure something similar has occurred to him and has put it in play.) The trouble is, Obama's manner of unleashing his attack, at the SOTU, made him look like a schoolyard bully, not a TR with the bully pulpit.
If the Dems use the Slaughter House Rules to get Obamacare through, this Court-confronting strategy might help delegitimize an opinion declaring the desperate tactic unconstitutional. Hence the short as well as long-term importance of the current wave of Mrs. Clarence (Virginia) Thomas-bashing. But the left needs to silence more than her for the proposed Rosen strategy to work.
UPDATE: See Matt Franck's demolition of Rosen.