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McGurn: Chief Justice Roberts Taxes Credibility
Wall Street Journal ^ | 7/03/2012 | WILLIAM MCGURN

Posted on 07/03/2012 2:22:22 PM PDT by nerdgirl

The day after the ruling came down, this newspaper carried an article that explained Justice Roberts's decision this way: "By confounding charges that the court is too partisan, the chief justice might have earned sufficient political capital to move to the right during the next term, when the court will likely confront a host of hot-button issues, including affirmative action, gay marriage and the continued vitality of the Voting Rights Act."

If earning "sufficient political capital" is simply a consequence of his ruling, Justice Roberts cannot be blamed. If it was the aim, however, and it led to his voting as chief justice in a way he would not have voted as an associate justice, he has raised rather than resolved questions about the integrity of the Roberts court.

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TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: roberts; scotus
WSJ continues to hit Roberts hard.
1 posted on 07/03/2012 2:22:30 PM PDT by nerdgirl
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To: nerdgirl

Someone could make a fortune out of selling “Roberts” toilet paper, dartboards, and urinal cakes. Maybe Roberts needs to call Jane Fonda for some advice on how to handle being a traitor.


2 posted on 07/03/2012 2:33:02 PM PDT by HerrBlucher ( Romney blows with the political winds, Obama just blows.)
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To: nerdgirl

3 posted on 07/03/2012 2:33:16 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: nerdgirl

How will Roberts rule if Obama decides he wants to be President for life...or at least a third term?


4 posted on 07/03/2012 2:33:38 PM PDT by Don Corleone ("Oil the gun..eat the cannoli. Take it to the Mattress.")
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To: nerdgirl

Roberts is simple to figure out, and weak-minded. He caved to media pressure, headed up by the Obama regime. He will do more of it in the future, because he is a media darling and pop star now. Think of him as the McCain of the Supreme Court. He is a painted turd, and no matter how pretty he looks to some people, he is still a turd stinking up the room.


5 posted on 07/03/2012 2:39:40 PM PDT by pallis
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To: KeyLargo

Awesome graphic!


6 posted on 07/03/2012 2:39:58 PM PDT by nerdgirl
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To: nerdgirl

Barack Obama is so smart.

Michelle Obama is so smart.

Valarie Jarrett is so smart.

Hillary Clinton is so smart.

And now John Roberts is so smart too.

And we are all just too stoo-pid to understand how smart they are.

We are all just too stoo-pid to see how stoo-pid we are.

Please, won’t someone help us?

/sarcasm


7 posted on 07/03/2012 2:42:42 PM PDT by Iron Munro (John Adams: 'Two ways to enslave a country. One is by the sword, the other is by debt')
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To: nerdgirl

8 posted on 07/03/2012 2:43:38 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: Don Corleone

Easy, “its not a third term, even though it is.”


9 posted on 07/03/2012 2:45:13 PM PDT by HerrBlucher ( Romney blows with the political winds, Obama just blows.)
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To: nerdgirl

From now on, let’s refer to this case as ‘Roberts vs. The Constitution.’

He wants a legacy? Let’s give him one.


10 posted on 07/03/2012 2:46:03 PM PDT by sourcery (If true=false, then there would be no constraints on what is possible. Hence, the world exists.)
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To: pallis

Yep. He’s just a puking sell out. Its not complicated.


11 posted on 07/03/2012 2:51:32 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: nerdgirl
"THESE are the times that try men's souls. The summer soldier and the sunshine patriot will, in this crisis, shrink from the service of their country; but he that stands by it now, deserves the love and thanks of man and woman. Tyranny, like hell, is not easily conquered; yet we have this consolation with us, that the harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly: it is dearness only that gives every thing its value. Heaven knows how to put a proper price upon its goods; and it would be strange indeed if so celestial an article as FREEDOM should not be highly rated. Britain, with an army to enforce her tyranny, has declared that she has a right (not only to TAX) but "to BIND us in ALL CASES WHATSOEVER" and if being bound in that manner, is not slavery, then is there not such a thing as slavery upon earth. Even the expression is impious; for so unlimited a power can belong only to God."

-The American Crisis, December 23, 1776, Thomas Paine

-PJ

12 posted on 07/03/2012 2:56:20 PM PDT by Political Junkie Too (If you can vote for President, then your children can run for President.)
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To: HerrBlucher

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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6Rv7aW3NF7w


13 posted on 07/03/2012 2:57:55 PM PDT by KeyLargo
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To: nerdgirl
Its extremely suspicious that the 'accepted rationale' for Roberts goofy opinion was avoidance of exactly what the white house and democrats were warning would happen if he went the other way. How convenient.

Even FR's polyannas have to agree we were had.

14 posted on 07/03/2012 2:57:55 PM PDT by skeeter
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To: nerdgirl

“...when the court will likely confront a host of hot-button issues, including affirmative action, gay marriage and the continued vitality of the Voting Rights Act.”

Or, maybe not if Romneybama isn’t a afraid to rule by executive order.

Two can play at that game.


15 posted on 07/03/2012 2:58:03 PM PDT by moovova
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To: Georgia Girl 2

Roberts won’t read any of this. He’s laid the egg and now off from the henhouse.


16 posted on 07/03/2012 3:01:49 PM PDT by NotTallTex
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To: Political Junkie Too

Nice one.


17 posted on 07/03/2012 3:04:24 PM PDT by nerdgirl
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To: nerdgirl

Neither fish nor fowl, Roberts will be forever distrusted by both sides, but I suppose that’s part of his “gen(i)us.”


18 posted on 07/03/2012 3:24:03 PM PDT by Mach9
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To: nerdgirl

I don’t know why he needs political capital when he’s appointed for life.


19 posted on 07/03/2012 3:28:39 PM PDT by proud American in Canada (Pray for America. She is the world's last best hope for freedom. May it not be too late.)
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To: nerdgirl

the stupid GOP should start running this AD. “If you are uninsured and ahve a job, you now must get insurance - (insert Pelosi about free riders and Obambi making a comment) then tell them this will cost you about $200.00 per month because they think you need the smae coverage as your parents. Tell the president you think this is great and you can’t wait to pay.”


20 posted on 07/03/2012 3:33:45 PM PDT by q_an_a (the more laws the less justice)
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To: nerdgirl

Why is every “CONSERVATIVE”?? news pundits making excuses for this Chief Justice? This justice showed his complete abhorant to the constitution, by giving these liberals an out. Who cares whether OBAMA CARE is a penalty or a tax? IT’S UNCONSTITUTIONAL. Every one with more brains than a goat, realises this. But because this justice gave these Washington liberals the excuse why they passed this abhorant law, they can all go back to smoking their hemp, and be very satisfied that they have at least another Warren Court they can be satisfied with. While we the people keep trying to appoint CONSTRUCTIONIST justices, these justices keep stabbing us in the back.


21 posted on 07/03/2012 3:38:24 PM PDT by gingerbread
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To: Don Corleone
How will Roberts rule if Obama decides he wants to be President for life...or at least a third term?

Well, the Constitution explicitly declares that a President cannot serve more than two four year terms.

So, obviously the Roberts fix would be to rule that despite the fact that many of us have always thought of a year as 365 days, it really is 1,000 days for the balance of the Obama term.

22 posted on 07/03/2012 3:39:55 PM PDT by CharacterCounts (A vote for the lesser of two evils only insures the triumph of evil.)
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To: nerdgirl

So how much did Roberts get in payback for this disaster?


23 posted on 07/03/2012 3:51:59 PM PDT by bgill
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To: gingerbread

He did worse than giving “liberals an out”. He shot them up with steroids by screwing up the ruling so bad the Commerce Clause and now Taxation give libs in Congress unlimited power to control our lives.

My suggestion? Buy more ammo.


24 posted on 07/03/2012 3:52:36 PM PDT by Fledermaus (Democrats are dangerous and evil. Republicans are useless and useful idiots.)
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To: nerdgirl

Well, this gives Roberts precedence to rule in favor of the government when they tell everyone that unless they buy a GM car they’ll face a government penalty.


25 posted on 07/03/2012 4:03:12 PM PDT by HarleyD
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To: bgill

I believe he is being BLACKMAILED about his TWO ADOPTED kids from IRELAND that came thru LATIN AMERICA!! WHY LATIN AMERICA????ILLEGAL ADOPTION????


26 posted on 07/03/2012 4:18:40 PM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: gingerbread

I think that’s complicated; if you turn on your friend the MINUTE they do something you don’t like, your friendship isn’t worth much. The very reason this came as such a surprise to many was that Roberts does NOT have a record of doing something like this. Despite some individual decisions to the contrary, his court has in fact been one of the more conservative ones. So actually the fact that conservatives didn’t immediately come out in force to crucify one of “their own” is not necessarily a bad thing, in fact it might differentiate us from the other side.


27 posted on 07/03/2012 4:25:32 PM PDT by nerdgirl
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To: proud American in Canada
If you read this interview from 2007 of Roberts, you'll see how he perceives the Court's need for political capital, which is I suppose what mattered here.

Roberts' Rules
28 posted on 07/03/2012 4:43:53 PM PDT by nerdgirl
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To: CharacterCounts
Well, the Constitution explicitly declares that a President cannot serve more than two four year terms.

Remember how Roberts screwed up the oath of office and had to go redo it a day or so later? He'll simply rule that because of that, Obama's first term was less than four years and thus he is eligible to run again. Simple.

29 posted on 07/03/2012 5:34:23 PM PDT by pepsi_junkie (Who is John Galt?)
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To: nerdgirl

As well they should. Roberts is a coward and a traitor.


30 posted on 07/03/2012 6:11:29 PM PDT by Nifster
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To: NotTallTex

Oh yeh. He’s off to Malta for the summer. He doesn’t care what he has done to the country.


31 posted on 07/03/2012 6:28:23 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Ann Archy

Roberts was either blackmailed or paid off (bribed). Either of which was greatly facilitated by having Sotomayer on the court who could tip off Obamination as to how the voting went and what needed to be done to get the ends both of them wanted. Pure corruption. Nothing else explains it.


32 posted on 07/03/2012 7:17:34 PM PDT by LukeSW (The truth shall make you free!)
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To: KeyLargo

Sad & true. Federal Employees think almost as little as they care when it comes to trampling upon our dwindling rights. Now it can’t honestly be said that we have much at all in the way of rights.


33 posted on 07/03/2012 11:26:04 PM PDT by Monorprise
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34 posted on 07/05/2012 9:10:55 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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35 posted on 07/05/2012 9:11:21 PM PDT by BuckeyeTexan (Man is not free unless government is limited. ~Ronald Reagan)
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