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Sen. Hatch: ‘I Still Have a Very High Opinion of Chief Justice Roberts’
Cybercast News Service ^ | July 9, 2012 | Elizabeth Harrington

Posted on 07/09/2012 8:58:49 PM PDT by Olog-hai

Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-Nev.) said Monday he “still has a very high opinion of Chief Justice John Roberts," despite Roberts opinion upholding the individual mandate in Obamacare as constitutional.

Hatch, the ranking Republican on the Senate Finance Committee and a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, had been one of the earliest and most forceful voices in the Senate speaking out against the constitutionality of the individual mandate when it was first proposed in 2009.

On Monday, however, Hatch told CNSNews.com that Roberts “certainly had the right” to rule that the mandate is constitutional as a tax.

“Naturally, I would have preferred him to rule out the individual mandate,” Hatch said.

Hatch took part in an event hosted by the American Enterprise Institute (AEI) on the aftermath of a June 28 Supreme Court decision which upheld the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate to purchase insurance, based on the federal government’s power to tax and spend.

Following the event, CNSNews.com asked Hatch: “During the confirmation hearing for Chief Justice Roberts back in 2005 you said that he (Roberts) was a ‘perfect example’ of a judge who will not legislate from the bench. Would you take back that statement now?”

“No not at all,” Hatch said. “I have a pretty high opinion of Chief Justice Roberts and I understand what he’s done here. …”

(Excerpt) Read more at cnsnews.com ...


TOPICS: Constitution/Conservatism; Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Government
KEYWORDS: gopelite; gopestablishment; hatch; johnroberts; judicialactivism; justiceroberts; rinos; roberts

1 posted on 07/09/2012 8:59:04 PM PDT by Olog-hai
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To: Olog-hai

Hatch is such an ass.


2 posted on 07/09/2012 9:11:35 PM PDT by alstewartfan (Two broken Tigers on fire in the night Flicker their souls to the wind. Al Stewart "Roads to Moscow")
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To: Olog-hai

Orin is so saccharine sweet. He just can’t bring himself to say an unkind word about anyone...golly, gee-whiz.

Too bad he won. I was so looking forward to not having to endure his sickening platitudes.


3 posted on 07/09/2012 9:16:08 PM PDT by bimboeruption (Clinging to my Bible and my HK.)
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To: Olog-hai

What will Justice Roberts have to do for Hatch not to have a high opinion of him?


4 posted on 07/09/2012 9:26:09 PM PDT by 353FMG
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To: Olog-hai

Then you, sir, are part of the problem and not part of the solution.


5 posted on 07/09/2012 9:27:20 PM PDT by chris37 (Heartless.)
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To: Olog-hai

Wrong. Roberst had the right to cast his vote to uphold the law. He had the right to assign to himself the writing of the opinion. But it is the decision that is the law; the opinion is just that. Just look at the gosh-awful thing that Earl Warren wrote in support of Brown I. Make no sense at all, if you look at the precedents. He simply created his own facts.


6 posted on 07/09/2012 9:29:54 PM PDT by RobbyS (Christus rex.)
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To: Olog-hai

What a useless idiot.


7 posted on 07/09/2012 9:31:17 PM PDT by andyk (Go Juan Pablo!)
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To: Olog-hai

Hatch is happy about the ruling on the Commerce Clause? Why is he happy? It doesn’t matter! The mandate-and-tax power that Roberts has given the government is just as damaging a precedent - if not worse. And does Hatch agree with Roberts that the only way Arizona can secure its border is to secede from the United States? And does Hatch agree with Roberts that lying about military medals is protected freedom of speech? It wasn’t just one ruling that Roberts got horribly wrong. He’s a joke, but clueless Orrin Hatch doesn’t get it.


8 posted on 07/09/2012 9:36:20 PM PDT by billclintonwillrotinhell
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To: Olog-hai

But a higher opinion of himself.


9 posted on 07/09/2012 9:41:51 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: Olog-hai
Of course a Senator does not accept the enumerated powers the Constitution limits them to.

If it is not an enumerated power... 10th Amendment kicks in.

So easy even a caveman can do it... but not a Congressman or SCOTUS Justice.

10 posted on 07/09/2012 9:45:05 PM PDT by GregoTX (Federalist)
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To: billclintonwillrotinhell
Hatch is happy about the ruling on the Commerce Clause? Why is he happy? It doesn’t matter! The mandate-and-tax power that Roberts has given the government is just as damaging a precedent - if not worse.

YES! Many don't seem to get that.

Congress can now regulate anything you do, and tax anything you don't do.

11 posted on 07/09/2012 10:08:38 PM PDT by Ken H
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To: Olog-hai

Of course he would.


12 posted on 07/09/2012 10:11:20 PM PDT by dfwgator (FUJR (not you, Jim))
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To: Olog-hai
Hatch said, “I have a pretty high opinion of Chief Justice Roberts and I understand what he’s done here. …”

Orin, you ignorant slut, maybe you can explain to us then --- but I ain't gonna hold my breath. The simple truth is, John Roberts came down on the wrong side of this critical decision and no amount of parsing, prattling or turd polishing will change that.

13 posted on 07/09/2012 10:24:55 PM PDT by ForGod'sSake (You have only two choices: SUBMIT or RESIST with everything you've got!!!)
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To: andyk

A “useful idiot” would be more appropriate.


14 posted on 07/09/2012 10:28:32 PM PDT by Fungi
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To: Olog-hai

You can thank Palin for McInsane and Booby Hatch not being primaried. Two piss poor endorsements.


15 posted on 07/09/2012 10:37:35 PM PDT by VRWC For Truth (Roberts has perverted the Constitution)
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To: Fungi
"A “useful idiot” would be more appropriate."

I don't know. I see them both as completely USELESS idiots myself.

16 posted on 07/09/2012 10:59:15 PM PDT by precisionshootist
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To: Ken H

“Congress can now regulate anything you do, and tax anything you don’t do”

Honestly now ...who in Congress would seriously say NO to an offer like that? Unless they respected and FEARED We the People?


17 posted on 07/09/2012 11:21:30 PM PDT by mo (If you understand, no explanation is needed. If you don't understand, no explanation is possible.)
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To: Olog-hai
What would one expect from a Fat (dead) Teddy Kennedy lover?

That sorry sonuvabitch wrote a TRIBUTE SONG for the vile killer from Assachusetts, if you have a strong stomach, check this out:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hr5oyEDGYkw/

As another FReeper said, "Hatch is part of the problem, not part of the answer".
He's a putrid piece of RINO-sh*t.
18 posted on 07/09/2012 11:25:59 PM PDT by mkjessup (Romney is to conservatism what Helen Thomas is to a high fashion model walkway.)
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To: Olog-hai

Structural Corruption.


19 posted on 07/10/2012 12:19:31 AM PDT by AmericanInTokyo (Boy are we ever screwed, either way it turns out. SCOTUS for example, is going 100% Lib.)
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To: Olog-hai


“Naturally, I would have preferred him to rule out the individual mandate,” Hatch said.”

Somehow I seriously doubt that.


20 posted on 07/10/2012 1:46:44 AM PDT by Monorprise
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To: bimboeruption

You can always stay home, maybe getting rid of the bastard is worth losing the seat?


21 posted on 07/10/2012 1:48:30 AM PDT by Monorprise
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To: Olog-hai

Boy, I don’t!


22 posted on 07/10/2012 3:01:14 AM PDT by maxwellsmart_agent
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To: Olog-hai

R-Nev ???? Doesn’t he kind’a represent Utah?


23 posted on 07/10/2012 3:07:03 AM PDT by XHogPilot
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To: Olog-hai

OMG! Shut your pie hole Orin!


24 posted on 07/10/2012 4:31:46 AM PDT by marygam (#Hurry November 2012, we might not make it#)
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To: Olog-hai

STFU Hatch you ........


25 posted on 07/10/2012 4:35:52 AM PDT by GlockThe Vote (The Obama Adminstration: 2nd wave of attacks on America after 9/11)
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To: Olog-hai
Hatch towed the conservative line until he got the GOP nomination for reelection. Now he feels free to say and do as he pleases. It's just the political version of Charlie Brown (gullible voters) repeatedly attempting to kick the football (candidate) that Lucy Van Pelt (RINO) is holding.
26 posted on 07/10/2012 4:41:57 AM PDT by twister881
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To: Olog-hai

Like flies on $h#!.....the establishment sticks together!


27 posted on 07/10/2012 4:48:37 AM PDT by kenmcg (t)
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To: Olog-hai
Well, I don't have a high opinion of Roberts.
On the contrary I have nothing but contempt for him.

I'm thankful, however, that when other men were engaged in establishing the Republic and entrusted with defending the Constitution they weren't spineless weaklings of low mentality subject to tortuous unconstitutional reasoning.

28 posted on 07/10/2012 4:52:39 AM PDT by Amagi (Chief Justice John Roberts is a traitorous weasel.)
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To: Olog-hai

What is it about Republican politicians that compels them to defend Quislings?


29 posted on 07/10/2012 5:06:19 AM PDT by papertyger ("And how we burned in the camps later, thinking: What would things have been like if..."))
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To: Olog-hai

Hatch is a tool. The Republicans in Utah are worse.


30 posted on 07/10/2012 4:56:21 PM PDT by rmlew ("Mosques are our barracks, minarets our bayonets, domes our helmets, the believers our soldiers.")
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