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I wonder if Justice Roberts has a sense of the irony of him being the swing vote, or of the impeccable timing of his decision? This is the most significant decision in years, and a ‘W’-appointed company man tipped the scales.  In an election year!  The drama is undeniable, and it recalls the end of my favorite speech from King Henry IV Part I:

So, when this loose behavior I throw off

And pay the debt I never promised,

This Obamacare decision is a fascinating read. It feels like a forced march for justice roberts. He clearly doesn’t agree with Obamacare, and he goes to great lengths to shield himself from the fallout from his decision to uphold it. He reminds us that the court’s role is limited, and his passive aggressive comments about congress and the people–I’d call them condescending if they weren’t so amusing. My favorite quote so far:

“Members of this court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.”

In other words, you made your bed, now sleep in it.