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Sat Jun 30, 2012, 10:45 PM

"Welcome to the Roberts Court: How the Chief Justice Used Obamacare to Reveal His True Identity"

Welcome to the Roberts Court: How the Chief Justice Used Obamacare to Reveal His True Identity

by Jeffrey Rosen at the New Republic

http://www.tnr.com/blog/plank/104493/welcome-the-roberts-court-who-the-chief-justice-was-all-along

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Specifically, he was concerned that his colleagues were too often handing down 5-4 decisions that divided along predictable party lines, which made it hard for the public to maintain faith in the Court as an institution that transcends politics. Roberts pledged to try to persuade his colleagues to avoid party line votes in the most divisive cases. Roberts said he would embrace as his model his judicial hero, John Marshall, who sometimes engaged in legal “twistifications,” to use Thomas Jefferson’s derisive phrase, in order to achieve results that would strengthen the institutional legitimacy of the Court.

In the health care case, Roberts produced a twistification of which Marshall would have been proud. He joined the four liberals in holding that the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate was justified by Congress’s taxing power even though he also joined the four conservatives in holding that the mandate was not justified by Congress’s power to regulate interstate commerce.

For bringing the Court back from the partisan abyss, Roberts deserves praise not only from liberals but from all Americans who believe that it’s important for the Court to stand for something larger than politics. On Thursday, Roberts did precisely what he said he would do when he first took office: He placed the bipartisan legitimacy of the Court above his own ideological agenda. Seven years into his Chief Justiceship, the Supreme Court finally became the Roberts Court.

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applegrove Jun 2012 OP
NYC_SKP Jun 2012 #1
rocktivity Jun 2012 #2
RagAss Jun 2012 #3
Nostradammit Jul 2012 #4

Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 10:55 PM

1. I think that this is a very reasonable and rational interpretation of Roberts' action.



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Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:07 PM

2. He revealed his true identity with his Citizens United vote

He wasn't worried about the sanctity of "his own ideological agenda" then. Indeed, his vote may have been a tradeoff of sorts: "We can 'keep' Citizens United if we appear to be bipartisan by 'caving' on the 'lesser' things." And maybe he was taken by surprise when he realized that Kennedy would not be providing his usual swing vote -- which might explain why the ruling was delayed!


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Response to applegrove (Original post)

Sat Jun 30, 2012, 11:09 PM

3. I agree. This was a memorable moment.

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Sun Jul 1, 2012, 06:06 AM

4. He let stand the same health-care plan the Republicans wanted to implement several years ago.

What a non-partisan hero is he.

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