By Patrick B. McGuigan | CapitolBeatOK
Chief Justice John Roberts is the man with two brains — a serious jurist who, in the most significant controversy of his tenure, blinked, awarding victory to President Barack Obama and the liberal wing of the U.S. Supreme Court.
For this, Roberts is praised by court watchers that have for six years denounced him. They are those Justice Felix Frankfurter referenced, in a letter to a former law clerk: “I can assure you that explicit analysis and criticism of the way the Court is doing its business really gets under their skin.”
In recent days, conservatives — those who lionized Roberts for six years — find themselves engaged in “explicit analysis and criticism of the way the Court is doing its business.”
It is interesting that fans and critics of the federal Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act case seem to share one important assumption: Judges have the job of solving tough problems for us.
Has Roberts, the conservative, become a liberal because of this consequential error concerning the constitutionality of the Affordable Care Act?