Conservative reaction to Roberts ruling: “Fire the umpire!”

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During his confirmation hearing as chief justice, John Roberts famously promised to serve as an umpire, humbly calling balls and strikes and not looking to become a player in the game:

“I come before the committee with no agenda. I have no platform. Judges are not politicians who can promise to do certain things in exchange for votes.

“I have no agenda, but I do have a commitment. If I am confirmed, I will confront every case with an open mind. I will fully and fairly analyze the legal arguments that are presented. I will be open to the considered views of my colleagues on the bench. And I will decide every case based on the record, according to the rule of law, without fear or favor, to the best of my ability. And I will remember that it’s my job to call balls and strikes and not to pitch or bat.”

And conservatives everywhere applauded, agreeing that an umpire is exactly what they wanted.

But here’s the thing about umpires: Sometimes they rule for your side; sometimes they don’t. And yesterday, Roberts issued the majority opinion in a 6-3 decision on ObamaCare that has outraged conservatives and inspired countless accusations of betrayal by Roberts. This isn’t the judge that they were promised.

As Sean Davis, a senior editor at The Federalist website, tweeted to his followers: “Ten years ago, every fancy conservative legal foundation said Roberts was the most amazing nomination ever. Remember that next time.”

Leon Wolf at RedState bewailed the perfidy of the robed ones:

“One wonders how many decades of electing Republicans to the Presidency are needed before the Supreme Court finds itself reformed in all the many ways we are continually promised by Republican candidates. One further wonders how long we will continue deluding ourselves into believing that it will ever actually happen.”

And Wayne Root, writing at The Blaze, was more melodramatic:

“Has Supreme Court Justice John Roberts been blackmailed or intimidated? I would put nothing by the Obama administration that lives and rules by the Chicago thug playbook.

Is the idea implausible that this same Obama administration that orders IRS attacks, then orders destruction of key evidence, would stop at nothing to save Obama’s signature achievement? Is it impossible to believe that Obama and his socialist cabal that learned from Saul Alinsky that “the ends justify the means” would hold something over a Supreme Court justice’s head?”

It’s odd, though. How can an umpire betray you? A betrayal, by definition, can occur only when someone has chosen a side and pledged loyalty to that side and then betrayed that pledge. Judging from their reactions, conservatives didn’t really think they had an impartial umpire in Roberts; they clearly thought they had a partisan whose vote could be counted upon.

In short, they wanted the umpire to win the game for them. Having tried and failed pitifully for over five years to mount a meaningful repeal effort against ObamaCare through the political process, and having failed to propose anything close to a replacement, they wanted the court to step up to plate and hit a grand slam on their behalf.

The court declined.

 

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lvg
lvg

Roberts is a corporate lackey. Big Pharma, Insurance companies and hospital corporations love the  ACA. That's how Roberts decided to rule twice in favor of Obmacare. Now watch the GOP clowns take on their base- corporate America and lose again.

gotalife
gotalife

 Looks like the crowd outside the sc is growing.


jeb says the rw should not discriminate and love thy neighbor.


Yeah right jeb. Good luck with that job.



gotalife
gotalife

The rebels will break the law and would not be surprised to see another rw terrorist act.


Too much too fast for them to stomach.

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

I love the smell of equality in the morning.

TBS
TBS

Gay marriage ruling sheets

fedup52
fedup52

Antonin Scalia Dissent: I Give Up, Do Whatever You Want

++++

Resign moron.

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

We need more folks on his side to give up and join the rest of us in this century.

Brosephus
Brosephus

Significance of June 26th...


Decisions on US v. Windsor and now Obergfell v Hodges all released on the same date.  That might help someone win millions on Jeopardy someday.

gotalife
gotalife

Change has come to America as promised.

honested
honested

So will cons be setting up a special free market, no health insurance, anti-gay country of their own?

Is it time to set up a travel agency specializing in one way trips to Somalia?

JeffreyEav
JeffreyEav

I'm heading to Chik Fil A to sing show tunes.

gotalife
gotalife

gop candidates will not recognize gay marriage, will repeal Obamacare and end the Iran deal.


They are running as rebels.

Numbers_R_Us
Numbers_R_Us

Lot of happy people out there.  Except Republicans.  They're feeling the hate that they generate from within their hearts of coal.

LogicalDude
LogicalDude

"oh, gay marriage will be forced on my church!" 


Nope: 

"religions, and those who adhere to religious doctrines, may continue to advocate with utmost, sincere conviction that, by divine precepts, same-sex marriage should not be condoned. The First Amendment ensures that religious organizations and persons are given proper protection as they seek to teach the principles that are so fulfilling and so central to their lives and faiths, and to their own deep aspirations to continue the family structure they have long revered."


barkingfrog
barkingfrog

@LogicalDude 

Marry everyone or don't marry anyone. Equality before the law. Law trumps religion.

LordHelpUs
LordHelpUs

'Last time I saw a beatin' like this, someone put a banana down my pants and turned a monkey loose on me.' (h/t Eddie Griswald)

gotalife
gotalife

Perhaps big government will get out of our bedrooms now.


Peeping toms.

fedup52
fedup52

Bristol Palin unmarried and pregnant again.  Couldn't say no?  Hypocrites.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@fedup52 At least she won't kill her baby, huh?

And, the baby will probably not be on the public dole.

Save your righteous indignation.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@DownInAlbany @fedup52 re: "And, the baby will probably not be on the public dole."


not that i really care about this (the Palins need to go away), but the daddy's presumed to be military ain't he?

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@consumedconsumer @DownInAlbany @fedup52 I really don't care about this either, it's just curious that folks attack Bristol because the hate her mother.  It doesn't make sense to attack Bristol.

I think she called off the wedding with the soldier. I have NO idea if he is the father of this child.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@fedup52 @SFM_Scootter I actually thought the other guy should cut it out and stop playing because he thought libs or something similar were bad sports win or lose. :) if he doesn't like sportsmanship, he should find new players to play with.

consumedconsumer
consumedconsumer

@DownInAlbany LOL . . . i ain't paying that much attention. just scanning headlines. 


if you're in the public eye because you've put yourself there, you get what you get . . . especially if you want to be the moral police and have personal failings.


something about personal responsibility.

DownInAlbany
DownInAlbany

@fedup52 IF she came out and announced that she was having an abortion, you guys would cheer her on.

barkingfrog
barkingfrog

@fedup52 

Personally I congratulate her and if she needs help with the next one I will be 

available if there are no financial burdens to be borne...Sarah too.