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    CBS: Conservatives on Sup Ct feel betrayed (welcome to the club)

    CBS: Conservatives on Sup Ct feel betrayed (welcome to the club)

    Via Jan Crawford, who previously broke the story about Chief Justice Roberts’ change of mind, comes additional details, Discord at Supreme Court is deep, and personal:

    Discord at the Supreme Court is deep and personal after Chief Justice John Roberts’ surprise decision to side with the liberal justices in upholding a large portion of the president’s health care plan. This discord is going to affect this Court for a long time – and no one has any idea how it will be resolved.

    Conservatives feel a sense of betrayal. They feel that Roberts changed his mind for the wrong reasons.

    If Roberts had been with the liberals from the beginning, sources tell me that would have been one thing; but switching his position – and relatively late in the process – infuriated the conservatives….

    It’s not unheard of for the Court to erupt into conflict; Bush v. Gore in 2000 was a famous example. But some people say you would have to go back nearly 70 years to see this kind of tension, and almost bitterness, that now exists among the justices.

    I always thought an Obama victory on Obamacare would backfire. But that’s when the loss was along expected lines, with Kennedy as the swing vote. That would have been an expected loss.

    But for Roberts to be the swing vote, and to have done it in this manner with a relatively late switch, is demoralizing. I think we’ve felt that sense of betrayal in the past 10 days.

    I wonder if that sense of betrayal is why some conservative commentators have turned so negative on the presidential race — they’re taking their frustrations out on Romney.

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    jakee308 | July 9, 2012 at 4:33 pm

    He pulled the rug out from under conservatives using illogical arguments and then LAUGHED about it with his buddies before going to Malta.

    His legacy will now be that
    1. He is lacking in judgment
    2. He is lacking in logic
    3. His judgments are not based on law but on outcomes
    4. He sold his position for a fleeting acclaim by those who wish to destroy the Rule Of Law.
    5. He was isolated for the rest of his term.

    BTW I never have gotten an answer to this question:
    Can a different Chief Justice be Appointed at some point in time or was that a lifetime appointment also?


       
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      Voluble in reply to jakee308. | July 10, 2012 at 12:18 am

      Roberts needs to be asked to step down and he needs the word “traitor” to follow him wherever he goes. He must be made to pay a price in social sanctions that is so high it will serve as an example for all who come after… those men of low character and no principle who will abandon their oath for the sake of fashion must know they will be made unfashionable in the end.

      It is not possible to imagine the contempt Roberts must hold us in for him to not even make a stab at a rational argument to support his ruling. Once you start changing words in a law then you are re-writing it in every sense.

      In short, “mandate” may be read as “tax” with exactly the same degree of reasonableness and in exactly the same manner as the words “John Roberts” may be read as “Benedict Arnold.”


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