When Obamacare hit the fan, almost two years ago, it occurred to me that this was Roberts’ doing. The unforgettable spectacle of the website fiasco was a turning point in our politics, a lancing of the boil, so to speak. For this to happen, for all to see, the law had to be upheld.
That’s my theory, and I’m sticking with it. So far there are 50 commenters at AT, one of whom agrees with me, and he sounds like a Democrat. I’m getting beat up pretty bad. They’re a tough crowd. Anyway, here it is:
The law was clear. But so was the politics. In the spring of 2012, as he reflected on his decision in NFIB v. Sibelius, the Chief Justice in the end chose to protect the Court rather than uphold the law. But in allowing Obamacare to take effect, he fostered the turn in the political tide that occurred in October of 2013, with its actual implementation. This was an inflection point in our politics. For a generation, it will undermine the proponents of big government. I believe he knew exactly what he was doing. I believe he’s conservative to his bones, and is the smartest man in public life today.
Here’s the link to the rest: