This is just about as detached as I think a Chief Justice can get.
I am told by two sources with specific knowledge of the court’s deliberations that Roberts initially sided with the conservatives in this case and was prepared to strike down the heart of this law, the so-called individual mandate, of course, that requires all Americans to buy insurance or pay a penalty. but Roberts, I’m told by my sources, changed his views deciding to instead join with the liberals. He withstood–I’m told by my sources–a month-long desperate campaign by the conservative justices to bring him back to the fold and that campaign was led, ironically, by Justice Anthony Kennedy and why that’s ironic is because it was Justice Kennedy that conservatives feared would be the one most effort, of course, was unsuccessful, Roberts didn’t budge, the conservatives wrote that astonishing joint dissent united in opposition and Roberts wrote the majority opinion with the four liberals to uphold the President’s signature achievement.
Roberts made the absurd determination that Obamacare was a tax… even when everyone who championed the law, from the lowliest legislator to the then Speaker of the House to the President of the United States who signed it into law, swear up and down that it wasn’t written as a tax, wasn’t meant as a tax, and isn’t a tax. Apparently, he’s claiming the right to declare a law a tax after the fact. How is that remotely constitutional?
Roberts also ignores the fact that if this particular law is a tax, it is unconstitutional since it began in the Senate and all bills raising taxes must originate in the House.
The Chief Justice’s decision isn’t the wisdom of Solomon using the ploy of “splitting the baby,” to make a wise decision, but was the pathological massacre of said infant for no logical reason at all.
Way to pick ’em, Dubya.