Politico Warns Chief Justice Roberts

The Politico has a story today warning John Roberts: “You can be lionized and be the biggest hero in this town, or we can make your life miserable. It’s up to you.” Now, those are my words, but that’s the point of the Politico story: You can be the biggest, most prominent, most loved and revered chief justice in the history of chief justices, or you can be dirt. It’s up to you, Judge. He’s supposed to swing Obamacare. Exactly right. I’ve got that story in the Stack here. I’m getting way ahead of myself here. I had this stuff all laid out.

“John Roberts’s Big Moment — Chief Justice John Roberts pledged during his Supreme Court hearings to be a mere umpire of the law. But as a legacy-defining decision nears, Roberts is emerging as the court’s most intriguing player. Justices are expected to rule Thursday — during their final public sitting of the term — on the fate of President Barack Obama’s signature health law. While much of the early attention focused on swing-vote Justice Anthony Kennedy, many court watchers predict Roberts will be the architect of the ruling.

“To a great extent, the decision will shape the way history views Roberts’s stewardship of the high court. The chief justice may not hold the key vote to what the court does on the pivotal case, but he could be in a position to dictate how the court does it. ‘The health care case will undoubtedly define his chief justiceship,’ said Jeffrey Rosen, a law professor at George Washington University … ‘The scope of the law, the amount of people affected, the fact that it’s the centerpiece of the president’s domestic agenda, all make it as politically charged as imaginable.’ …



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