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Sympathy For The Prodigal Chief Justice

Posted on | March 5, 2015 | 15 Comments

by Smitty

That leaves Chief Justice John Roberts, who was uncharacteristically quiet. If I had to guess, Roberts is less than pleased to find this political hot potato back in the lap of a court he devoutly wants the public to see as nonpartisan. Further, having been identified, and assailed by conservatives, as the late-deciding fifth vote to uphold the Affordable Care Act last time around, Roberts wanted to avoid any soupçon of hand-tipping.

Dude, as long as Progress has wrought Politics in Everything, having the SCOTUS reduced to Colonel Nathan Jessup meets a Commie babysitter seems mostly inevitable.

Is JohnnyRob going to find a way to reject what his lyin’ eyes tell him? Will the Lefty bimbo squad on the Court get him to do some more mental gymnastics? Can he find some way to legislate creatively again? Did the last election have consequences, but not “consequences” consequences? Has this godforsaken ObamaCare farce not gone on long enough?

One hopes Roberts takes this opportunity to un-soil himself.

Prediction: no matter what the verdict, the ObamaCare zombie is still going to be staggering about, groaning for “Brainz”. It’s time for actual, no-kidding, voter-mandated reform.

via HotAir headlines


15 Responses to “Sympathy For The Prodigal Chief Justice”

  1. Dana
    March 5th, 2015 @ 1:00 pm

    This is what happens when you have to pass a bill to see what’s in it.

    And the Democrats never really cared what was in it, beyond the concept under the law that the federal government was ultimately responsible for guaranteeing health care coverage for everybody. If Obaminablecare fails — which, eventually, it will, regardless of the outcome of this case — the Democrats will simply move on to single-payer.

  2. smitty
    March 5th, 2015 @ 1:12 pm

    It’s as though this Administration were ultimately a test to figure out whether the Constitution remains more meaningful than an Archie comic book anymore.

  3. Adobe_Walls
    March 5th, 2015 @ 2:00 pm

    They won’t and they don’t, mean it that is.
    One wonders if Robert’s is aware that may be his last opportunity to redeem the court’s reputation as a defender of RoL.

  4. Adobe_Walls
    March 5th, 2015 @ 2:12 pm

    I believe the Democrats truly didn’t understand how devastating Ocare would be to their majorities. They simply didn’t see how different passing ACA on a strictly partisan basis would make it from past legislation such as Medicare. They actually thought that once passed opposition would melt away in a few years it would take for it’s provisions to start being implemented. This was always the case before. They also believed that fixing it’s many flaws created by it’s hasty passage would be fixable legislatively and that Republicans would help do so as opposition would have been rendered superfluous by the passage of time and eventual acceptance.

  5. smitty
    March 5th, 2015 @ 2:43 pm

    That, or it was all a stalking horse for Single Prayer, and they never really gave a tinker’s dam.

  6. smitty
    March 5th, 2015 @ 2:43 pm

    RoL? ROFL.

  7. Adobe_Walls
    March 5th, 2015 @ 2:58 pm

    Some undoubtedly hoped it would lead to single payer. The VA fiasco is a huge stumbling block for that project.

  8. JackAfter6
    March 5th, 2015 @ 3:11 pm

    Sympathy for the devil

  9. Quartermaster
    March 5th, 2015 @ 3:47 pm

    The court gave up its position as a defender of the rule of law back in the 30s.

  10. Quartermaster
    March 5th, 2015 @ 3:48 pm

    After Lincoln? Surely you jest.

  11. Dana
    March 5th, 2015 @ 3:53 pm

    I’m persuaded that it was a stalking horse for single-payer: they knew it would fail in implementation, but once the principle of government guaranteed health care was established, single-payer would be all that was left to try. What they didn’t anticipate was, as Mr Walls suggested, that they’d lose their majority; now, Obysmalcare can fail, but single-payer won’t be passed to replace it.

    The left really don’t understand that not everyone thinks like they do; that they have lost the white working class still stuns them, because they think that the working class should just naturally support them. Where they faile is that they seem incapable of understanding that the Democrats cannot be both the party of the working man and the party of the non-working man,

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  13. DavidD
    March 5th, 2015 @ 7:31 pm

    The Second Reconstruction. I like that. The tragedy of all the deaths from the Civil War was compounded by the failure of Reconstruction to actually construct anything permanent. What happened, for instance, to all the Black Republican congressmen of the 1870s?

  14. K-Bob
    March 6th, 2015 @ 12:26 am

    I’ve had similar thoughts, but keep dismissing them as solipsistic.

    And yet they persist.

  15. Robert What?
    March 8th, 2015 @ 9:00 pm

    John Roberts has already been bought and paid for. He has no choice but to vote to keep ObamaCare rolling: that the law really didn’t mean what it says