Skip to comments.Roberts's Rules (pretty much explains his decision...)
Posted on 07/01/2012 4:55:52 PM PDT by nerdgirl
Some of the least successful chief justices, Roberts suggested, had faltered because they misunderstood the job, approaching it as law professors rather than as leaders of a collegial Court. Harlan Fiske Stone, a former dean of Columbia Law School, was a case in point. Stone was a failure as chief, because of his misperception of what a chief justice is supposed to be, Roberts said, gesturing to the justices private conference room through an open door of his office. Its his desk out there that is separate from the conference table, and he sat at his desk, and the others were at the table, and he almost called on them and critiqued their performances. They hated that. Roberts laughed. As a result, he was a failure as a chief justice.
In Robertss view, the most successful chief justices help their colleagues speak with one voice. Unanimous, or nearly unanimous, decisions are hard to overturn and contribute to the stability of the law and the continuity of the Court; by contrast, closely divided, 54 decisions make it harder for the public to respect the Court as an impartial institution that transcends partisan politics.
(Excerpt) Read more at theatlantic.com ...
Roberts will never make a worse decision than the one we saw last week. To bankrupt this country, trample individual freedom, and expand federal government power without apparent limit with a single vote - that’s an accomplishment that will never be topped.
Sorry this got posted twice, back button problem.
So, Roberts went off and wrote his own RobertsCareTax opinion while the two factions also wrote their own dissenting opinions?
Good job John.
Yes I think the decision surely sucked.
But part of my quest since Thursday has been to understand the WHY of it, and even though I hate the decision, I think now I have some idea why he did it.
Very good point!
Ah - the old “Reaching across the aisle” in other words. How very special.
If that CBS News report from earlier today is accurate though, he pretty much through his much cherished collegiality with Scalia, Kennedy, Thomas, and Alito out onto the rubbish heap.
Roberts did this because it is a socialist/statist/marxist. Same Reason Obama, Pelosi, Reid did it.
Roberts is not going to become another Marshall. More likely to become another John Boner.
Interesting article, thanx for posting.
My husband doesn’t understand why I am still reading about this, much less freeping about it! Thinks I am wasting energy and spinning my wheels. But I didn’t know enough about Roberts a week ago to have seen this coming, so I was just perplexed and mad...now I’m just mad.
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That is ridiculous and makes you look stupid for saying it.
He is supposed to defend constitutional principles and nothing else.
So if the reports are true why did he change his mind
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