Justice Roberts — Tragic Figure – By Victor Davis Hanson – The Corner – National Review Online

Everything Roberts wished to prevent he ensured.

The final irony is that for years liberals preached about the sanctity of the Court as it overturned legislative mandates, but in this case, Roberts was treated like a bleeding whale in a sea of sharks, or as a wavering political candidate who could either be enticed or pressured to flip-flop. This was done against a larger backdrop in which “moderately” liberal and “open-minded” jurists were expected to follow liberal orthodoxy without exception, while “arch” conservative and “blinkered” jurists must be peeled away from their political instincts. In other words, if a Breyer or Kagan had been the swing vote to nullify Obamacare, the outrage from the left would easily trump the present disappointment with Roberts on the right, which for the most part is largely one of keen disappointment, or confusion over his garbled logic, or pathetic efforts to find in his decision some ray of hope.

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