Casey Greenfield, a graduate of Yale Law School, is a lawyer and writer in New York.

The Back-up Plan portrays 30-something single moms are bitter, unkempt losers—unless they’re Jennifer Lopez. As one such mother who saw the film, I want my money back.

When the Supreme Court blocked Roosevelt’s New Deal reforms, he tried and failed to pack the court with supporters. Casey Greenfield reviews Jeff Shesol’s new book and finds many parallels with Obama’s struggle over healthcare.