When the Unthinkable Happens: John Roberts Votes with Liberals
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, in a stunning diversion from the norm, split with his Conservative brethren on the top bench in the land and voted with the Liberal justices on the Supreme Court to uphold the bulk of provisions within the Obamacare (Affordable Care Act) legislation. Given the vehement dissent offered by the defeated conservatives on the court, it can not have been easy for Justice Roberts to side with those on the left side of the bench.
I don’t know but something just feels good inside when a vitriol-filled issue like this comes up and appears to be dominated by extremist self-serving viewpoints that somehow gets decided on a non-partisan basis. I would have the same feeling if the circumstances were 100% reversed and somehow a conservative outcome had appeared as a result of a liberal dominated bench having a defector. The notion that decisions that blur party lines can still happen gives at least some hope that the Supreme Court can still function without being blinded by ideology and partisanship.
A Victory for Both Obama AND Romney
Yes, the headline for this paragraph is not a misprint. Because the Supreme Court has ruled for Obama on the Affordable Care Act, Mitt Romney should be able to dodge a HOST of questions related to his own signature on Massachusetts’ similar legislation. Romney can also toss this issue aside without abandoning those on the extreme right who sought the entire legislation struck down (mostly in ignorance if you ask me). The decision leaves room for Romney to step more towards the center (where he prefers to be anyway) and away from the more extremist views of the conservative base.
The victory for Obama is likewise less of a celebration and more of dodging a bullet. The Affordable Care Act was the central piece of legislation enacted during his term. It was his signature piece and one that cost his party a heavy defeat in the mid-term elections in 2010. Now at least those Congressmen and women who burned at the Obamacare stake can rest a little easier knowing that at least it wasn’t for nothing.