Posted by: Ann Corcoran | June 29, 2012

Don’t be too angry at the Roberts Supreme Court

…..but be very very angry if Congressional Republicans don’t grow a spine on Obamacare.

Erick Erickson writing at RedState has a very good post yesterday about how he sees the disappointing Supreme Court decision on Obama’s health care law.  There is a silver lining (more than one!) after all.  Hat tip: Cathy


Having gone through the opinion, I am not going to beat up on John Roberts. I am disappointed, but I want to make a few points.

There are more points than the few I’ve selected below, so please visit RedState:

….in writing his case, Roberts forces everyone to deal with the issue as a political, not a legal issue. In the past twenty years, Republicans have punted a number of issues to the Supreme Court asking the Court to save us from ourselves.


….in forcing us to deal with this politically, the Democrats are going to have a hard time running to November claiming the American people need to vote for them to preserve Obamacare. It remains deeply, deeply unpopular with the American people. If they want to make a vote for them a vote for keeping a massive tax increase, let them try.


Finally, while I am not down on John Roberts like many of you are today, I will be very down on Congressional Republicans if they do not now try to shut down the individual mandate. Force the Democrats on the record about the mandate. Defund Obamacare. This now, by necessity, is a political fight and the GOP sure as hell should fight.

No fight from the Republicans?  Then it’s Tea Party time!



  1. This post is almost as infuriating to me as the Supreme Court decision itself.
    Mr. Erickson isn’t down on the Robert’s court? Me neither, Scalia, Allito, Thomas, and even the original question mark, Kennedy, all did the riight thing, that is follow the constitution as a basis for our law. Roberts didn’t!
    His opinion, the deciding one, is full of contradiction. Roberts who is, incidentally, from Maryland, just bent over backwards to give the liberals everything they could ever dream of, legally.

    1. He just set Supreme Court precedent saying that the federal government can now force it’s people to buy whatever they want them to. (A chevy Volt in every driveway, perhaps.)

    2. He just handed them unlimited taxing authority, if you don’t buy what we want you to, we tax you! Merry Christmas!, Oh wait, we are not allowed to say that any more.

    3. And, all yea, a mandate isn’t a mandate if you are not forced to buy, and of course, you are not forced to buy, therefore no mandate, we’re just going to tax the hell out of you if you don’t.

    Erickson isn’t down on the Robert’s Supreme Court? He ought to be!

    However!!!!! Roberts may have provided the Republicans with some political advantages going into this election, (the rhetorical cloud with a silver lining.)

    That would be the same republicans that appointed John Roberts.

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