Update at 1:01 pm
And Brent Bozell, conservative firebrand, goes after John Roberts here. Money quote: “People are already talking about the idea that he could be replaced as Chief Justice.”
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts stunned many people today–including me–by siding with liberals to uphold the individual mandate in the Obama administration’s health care law. And now he is going to pay a price. Maybe.
First out of the gate: someone vandalized the wikipedia page of Roberts:
Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts’ Wikipedia page caption appeared to have been changed to “17th Chief Traitor of the United States” soon after the decision on President Obama’s heath care law was announced. Roberts voted with the majority in upholding the mandate. It has since been corrected.
But wait, here’s a counterview from conservative website Redstate editor Erick Erickson, who also is a commentator on CNN. His bottom line: “It seems very, very clear to me in reviewing John Roberts’ decision that he is playing a much longer game than us and can afford to with a life tenure. And he probably just handed Mitt Romney the White House.”
I think Erickson is right that Roberts has a bigger vision than some might see today. But I think the political impact of this ruling is way overblown. However it came down today would not be the deciding moment of this election. Too many other things are also in play–starting with the economy, but also including immigration, same-sex marriage, and foreign policy.
Here in Washington, though, Rob McKenna just got handed a political bomb. His support for the law’s repeal in a state that on balance supports Obama is a tricky one.