Chief Justice John Roberts’s health-care ruling gets plenty second-guessing

June 30, 2012

By Robert Barnes and Del Quentin Wilber, The Washington Post

Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr., under intense scrutiny for his decision upholding President Obama’s health-care law, is headed for an overseas teaching gig in Malta.

“An impregnable island fortress,” Roberts told a conference of judges and lawyers meeting Friday morning in rural Pennsylvania. “It seemed like a good idea.”

Back in Washington, the legal and political worlds are trying to digest the stunning news that one of the court’s most consistent conservatives had pulled Obama’s signature domestic achievement from the brink.

Court specialists analyzed Thursday’s 5-to-4 opinion for clues, wondering whether Roberts might have switched his vote from invalidating the law to upholding it largely unscathed.

Conservatives found new ways to express their anger: Radio host Glenn Beck was offering a $30 T-shirt with Roberts’s face and the word “COWARD” boldly printed in yellow.

And some liberals were making a 24-hour pivot from praising Roberts’s statesmanship to wondering whether the victory for Obama and congressional Democrats was delivered in a Trojan horse.

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1 Comment - what are your thoughts?

  • CTG says:

    There appears to be some talk that the chief justice’s medication may have caused this aberration but I believe that John Roberts spent way too much time in that citadel of liberalism called Harvard University and Harvard Law School.

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