Chief Justice Roberts is now getting rave reviews from many on the left for “saving” Obamacare. But while Roberts did “save” Obamacare, he broke with the right wing for one critical reason: to build up goodwill with the public, especially progressives.
Here’s the rub: in just a few months, Roberts will redouble his efforts to dismantle affirmative action, weaken the Voting Rights Act, and further tilt the law in favor of large corporations (a la Citizens United). After lionizing him for “saving” healthcare, many would be hard pressed to criticize him as being too “partisan” or “political”.
I salute Chief Justice Roberts for exercising restraint in addressing what will become one of the most far reaching laws of the young 21st century. Yet at the same time, I harbor no illusions on how he’ll rule in the future. The Chief Justice remains a formidable figure who is determined to tilt the Supreme Court to the right for decades to come.
If President Obama is re-elected, he’ll have the chance to restore some balance to the Supremes — because he’d probably get to appoint at least one justice to the High Court.
– Gautam Dutta