I can’t believe it…the Left was actually right about something! The Supreme Court is indeed politicized and activist.
And this is now a face I’d really like to punch:
It’s theoretically possible that things might actually work out better this way. I doubt they will, but it’s theoretically possible. Obama repeatedly claimed that the mandate isn’t a tax, the Supremes just called him a liar. Romney should be able to do something with that.
And so what? Consider that no matter what happens in November, the next SCOTUS vacancies will be filled by either Barack or Mitt. So what if Romney follows through on his promise to eliminate ObamaCare, if the Supreme Court continues to justify every federal power-grab?
UPDATE—my brief surge of anger at Chief Justice Roberts has been replaced by…wary appreciation. A quote from his opinion:
“It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”
Did Roberts remember that this “tax” originated as a Senate bill? The Senate has no authority to raise revenue, which may raise entirely new legal challenges. Did he know that motions to repeal taxes cannot be filibustered? In theory, ObamaCare can now be overturned by 218 Representatives, 50 Senators, and Vice President Rubio. Not just defunded; repealed.
Chess grandmasters don’t flinch from sacrificing their queen if it brings victory. Is Roberts some sort of judicial Bobby Fischer? I prefer the upfront federalism of Justice Thomas, of course. But from now til November the Presidential campaign is going to be even funnier than expected.