Jerry Mander’s Political Corner – Roberts’ Rules of Disorder Edition

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Roberts Rules

Love Her or Hate Her, Ann Coulter Warned Us About John Roberts 10 Years Ago

By: Steven Kruiser at PJ Media

After conservatives took another gut punch from black-robed Obamacare cheerleader Chief Justice John Roberts, many of us were left wondering just what in the heck is wrong with this guy. After all, these Republican appointees to the Supreme Court are supposed to be on our side, right? They can’t all be David Souter.

It turns out that Ann Coulter sniffed another Souter-esque betrayal in the offing ten years ago:

After pretending to consider various women and minorities for the Supreme Court these past few weeks, President Bush decided to disappoint all the groups he had just ginned up and nominate a white male.

So all we know about him for sure is that he can’t dance and he probably doesn’t know who Jay-Z is. Other than that, he is a blank slate. Tabula rasa. Big zippo. Nada. Oh, yeah … We also know he’s argued cases before the Supreme Court. Big deal; so has Larry Flynt’s attorney.

But unfortunately, other than that that, we don’t know much about John Roberts*. Stealth nominees have never turned out to be a pleasant surprise for conservatives. Never. Not ever.

I know it is all the rage in this era of hypersensitive feelings for some conservatives, and almost all moderate Republicans, to bristle at everything Coulter says and be dismissive of her because she has a knack for tossing out an outrageous headline-grabbing comment. Here’s the thing about her: she’s right a lot of the time.

Sure, I’ve got to deduct a lot of points for her flip-flop to become a Romney champion in 2012 but a lot of people were drunk on wishful thinking then (present company excluded). Other than that, she makes a lot of sense.

So maybe pay just a little more attention to her from now on.

And pray that Antonin Scalia lives to be 148.

* One of the comments at PJ Media about Kruiser’s post is most illuminating:

“I’ve been saying it since before he was confirmed: John Roberts is a leftist mole, and GW got suckered, like Reagan before him.

When Reagan needed to fill a slot on the SCOTUS, of course he didn’t do the search and vetting himself. That was turned over to assistants.

Sandra Day O’Connor’s name got on the list (I don’t know how), and vetting her was turned over to a bright young lawyer, who gave her a glowing report. Based on that report, she was chosen as the nominee, and we all know how that worked out. This, despite the fact that she was a very well known and highly vocal abortion & feminist activist in her home state of Arizona.

That bright young lawyer was John Roberts.


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More from Steven Kruiser:

TX Republican Babin Introduces ‘SCOTUSCare Act’

An idea whose time has come:

A Texas Republican is taking aim at the Supreme Court after its 6-3 decision upholding Obamacare subsidies with a new bill requiring the justices and their aides to purchase coverage on the law’s exchanges.

Rep. Brian Babin is seeking co-sponsors for the bill, titled the “SCOTUScare Act of 2015” — which refers to a quip from Justice Antonin Scalia’s scathing dissent.

“As the Supreme Court continues to ignore the letter of the law, it’s important that these nine individuals understand the full impact of their decisions on the American people,” the freshman Republican said in a statement. “By eliminating their exemption from Obamacare, they will see firsthand what the American people are forced to live with!”

Sure, it’s political theater, but so is most of what goes on in Washington. At least this is grandstanding that makes a little point.

It also identifies at least one Republican who gets it.

Side note: as John Roberts uses Obamacare to flush America down history’s toilet, Antonin Scalia may be the last great conservative folk hero.

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Let’s Be Honest

By Erick Erickson at RedState

Most conservatives thought they had the Burwell case. They’d all concluded that they were going to lose on gay marriage, which they will (update: did), but that Burwell they had. And it was a big loss.

But we should also be honest. The United States Supreme Court saved the Republican Party from itself.

In closed doors on Capitol Hill, Republican leaders had every intention of rushing through legislation to preserve the subsidies in federal exchanges. They had brought in pollsters to tell the members of congress that they’d get blamed otherwise.

Competing polls were presented to show the GOP that Obama would get blamed, but the leadership pollsters were already stacking the deck against common sense and not only dismissed the other polls, but leadership also denied the other pollsters competing time to make their case. Leadership had a plan ready to go quickly to extend the subsidies with a promise that they’d fight Barack Obama later.

Later would be after 2017 when Obama was gone. (Emphasis added)

House and Senate Republicans had no intention under the sun of repealing Obamacare or letting it collapse under its own weight with the loss of subsides.

The Supreme Court’s decision spared the GOP from having to prop up and save Obamacare. Now they can continue to claim they want to repeal it and, frankly, they do not have much of a choice on the matter now.

It’s no consolation that John Roberts essentially decided words no longer mean things. But it did stop Republican efforts to fix what the Democrats messed up and demands they continue the campaign against Obamacare.


John Roberts: The Justice Republicans Deserve

The Humpty-Dumpty Court of King vs. Burwell

Oy Vey!

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  1. To say the least, I am disappointed in today’s TWO rulings. Or I think they are today’s. I only get my news from the net, unlike the prez who gets his info on every thing from the TV no one tells him anything.

    I am just writing, I am a little sick.


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