Skip to comments.Liberals fear the John Roberts rebound
Posted on 07/03/2012 10:49:40 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot
(snip) Some liberals contend that Robertss surprise crossover on the health care law has given him a free hand to craft and sign onto a slew of conservative opinions next year without suffering much of a public drubbing from Democrats and the press. With one major case, Roberts may have inoculated himself and the court against charges of partisanship.
The chief will have plenty of chances to make his mark in the next term. Already, the justices are planning to delve into the politically charged issue of affirmative action. They may well add hot-button disputes over same-sex marriage rights and voter ID laws. And the court could even take up the constitutionality of the landmark law Congress passed nearly half a century ago to guarantee African-Americans equal access to the polls: the Voting Rights Act.
(snip) George Washington University law professor Jeffrey Rosen was even more blunt about Robertss new leeway.
He has now increased his political capital that will allow him to continue to move the Court in a conservative direction in cases involving affirmative action and the Voting Rights Act, both of which he may well strike down next year by 5-4 votes, Rosen wrote in The New Republic.
(Excerpt) Read more at dyn.politico.com ...
Roberts stands alone. As of now. After his written gibberish, who is going to work WITH him? Not liberals justices, not conservative justices, imo.
Did you know that Alito votes with Roberts 90% of the time? I like Alito and he did dissent with Roberts in the last three cases.
Anyone who believes this bs from the liars @ Politico, suffers from a severe mental problem.
It’s insane to think Roberts will snap back to conservative stances as a result of the Obamacare ruling. Roberts is all about getting praise from the media, and he got it... so that constitutes his 30 pieces of silver. Why would he care whether he stands alone? He’s in the job for life.. he’s set with a fine, elite medical package we unwashed masses can only dream of.
As always Politico is full of BS, they are trying to dampen conservative anger. This ruling has driven many conservative to vote for the Mitten despite his obvious failings as a candidate. Yea so now we have to worry about Roberts and Kennedy on every one of those issues. SCOTUS is a SCROTUM and is a worthless as Congress and the WH. These justices are political hacks and are as inside the beltway as McCain and Obama. They sold out at least 270 million Americans and there children’s, children.
This is enough to make me want to vomit.
The man is a lifetime appointment separate branch of government. Why the Hell should he have to worry about “insulating” himself from attacks by democrats or the press?
How are you “nonpartisan” when you sign on with the liberals?
Why the Hell would you need to sign onto a liberal opinion in order to be able to sign onto conservative opinions???
I think Roberts forgot the most basic fact about our Constitution; that it’s written as negative law. Negative rights permit or oblige inaction. He apparently doesn’t even understand the form of law he’s interpreting.
So long as liberals fret, worry and wring their hands, I sleep better.
Roberts has destroyed any pretense that the courts are free from political pressure. Roberts changed his mind due to that pressure, which we still don't know if it was personal or directed against the court as a whole.
No doubt the WH was tipped off about the decision almost immediately, hence Obama's blatant warning to the court in April and the use of the word "ultimately" when he said that the law would be upheld. Roberts could have been blackmailed for personal reasons as Obama and his Chicago thugs could have something on him.
Pelosi repeatedly said that Obamacare would be upheld 6-3. I am sure she knew about the Roberts switch and figured that Roberts would convince Kennedy to go along with him. The fix was in almost from the very beginning. We are now a banana republic.
Up until last week, Roberts voted generally along conservative, constitutional lines (Citizens United; Heller), but someone got to him on this one. This is far too weird.
If he doesn't agree with race baiting, election fraud, and fetish marriage, ObomaTax was just an evil plan to distract from his "right wing racism and bigotry."
"Got that Roberts? You better obey us, because we'll still come after you if you don't!"
Roberts doesn't get it. When you dance with the devil - you get burnt no matter how much you cater to him.
“Why does a SC justice even need political capital”
“Political capital” as it is used today is an Orwellian phrase that simply means on good terms with the Washington elite and the MSM. It has nothing to do with politics or capital. It just means that the disinformation agents in the media have been told to write approvingly.
Yep. Unlike the other conservative justices, Roberts reads what the MSM prints. He's afraid of them more than he is the American people.
If he's going to put the opinion of the media ahead of the law, he should become a journalist and allow a honest judge to take his position.
He has ruled that the mandate is a tax. Despite what Obama and Democrats claim, it is now a tax.
However, I do not believe he addressed the constitutionality of the tax. Perhaps this is because the Court lacks the authority to address the tax issue until after its been imposed.
This means that once imposed, another appeal can be taken before the Court on the constitutionality of the tax.
There can be a second chance for Roberts. He can rule the tax unconstitutional at that time and essentially kill Obamacare at that time.
Baloney!!! Kagan and Sotomayer will stab Roberts in the back over and over. Roberts is a sucker and should have stuck to the Constitution — which is his frikin’ job — instead of playing politics. Now we have a federal government that can tax inactivity. Just brilliant Chief Justice Roberts! Moron!
Horse manure. What decision could be more important than this one? Or more destructive? Or more unlawful?
Roberts could vote conservative the rest of his life and it wouldn’t undo the damage.
But he won’t. It’s now entirely clear that, for whatever reason, he has betrayed his oath, his office, and his country, and that’s not about to change.
OK... I like that thought.
He is still a spineless obama kissing weasel..
I am still in shock over it. Especially since we now know that he wrote the majority of the dissent.
This is like saying Roberts gave us Cancer the better to trim hangnails at a later date.
John Roberts shoots America in the head and now he will “rebound”?? Screw that traitor to the US Constitution. I hope that scumbag Roberts uses his vacation to have his epilepsy meds recalibrated and his brain damage assessed.
Via Real Clear Politics, Michael Gerson, WaPo John Roberts' Arrogance
Gerson said - "Roberts ..., concerned primarily about the place of the Supreme Court in American political life."
Rather than "focused on the rigorous application of the words of the founding document. In this view, the meaning of the text is primary, whatever the political consequences of applying it." as preferred by the dissenting justices.
I am rather shocked.
In all your smaller transactions with others, keep your dealings both honest and transparent. They will never suspect the roundhouse fetch of a club upside the head when it comes.
Thanks, John Roberts, for that most sobering episode.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.