Now that the Supreme Court has upheld health-care reform, President Obama can get to the next logical order of business: compulsory broccoli purchases.
Absurd? Tell that to the Supreme Court, which cited the vegetable no fewer than a dozen times in its ruling last week on the Affordable Care Act.
Not so long ago, when no legal scholar believed the health-care law faced a serious constitutional challenge, the broccoli question sprouted as conservative reductio ad absurdum: If the federal government could force us to buy health insurance, why couldn't it make us buy broccoli?
Inexplicable hostility to broccoli has a history in Republican politics. George H.W. Bush famously provoked the wrath of California farmers with such statements as, "I'm president of the United States, and I'm not going to eat any more broccoli."