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Did Justice Roberts Change his Vote?

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    Some people have been posing the idea that Roberts may have changed his mind before the final vote. I think it is plausible considering the other justices all voted to completely overturn the law. He may have thought this was too extreme and rebelled in favor of judicial restraint. I think he was concerned for the legitimacy and legacy of the Supreme Court after all the recent rulings and rightward lurch.

    http://www.salon.com/2012/06/28/did_john_roberts_switch_his_vote/singleton/

    Thoughts?
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    My thought yesterday was that in looking at their decisions did they really want to be remembered as the court that sold democracy "We the corporations of the US"  and have since seen the results of that great ruling which will take an amendment or two to fix and has left the states helpless to fix.  I am probably giving them more consceience then they own.
    Sadly our country will never be the same.
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    It was almost like a "miracle" when that Decision came out. Of course, the right wing had to have their moment of victory also. Albeit a FAKE moment of Victory. All the ditto heads had to be given their share of raw meat. (I wonder how the Repubs managed to pull that off).

    I am an idealist, so sometimes I believe that underneath that rigid exterior, some of those on the right wing realize how "wrong" they are, & how they are demolishing the great legacy of our Founders, & tearing our country apart. (Betraying all our people & our Flag).

    But then they come out swinging again, & all optimism fades quickly away. However, is it possible some idealism & patriotism might beat in the hearts of a few Supreme Judges?
    I noticed that ALL 3 WOMEN on the  Supreme Court voted FOR Obama's healthcare. It might be they've seen the huge "War on Women" being waged by the rightwingers.



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    Kosko Wrote: Some people have been posing the idea that Roberts may have changed his mind before the final vote. I think it is plausible considering the other justices all voted to completely overturn the law. He may have thought this was too extreme and rebelled in favor of judicial restraint. I think he was concerned for the legitimacy and legacy of the Supreme Court after all the recent rulings and rightward lurch.

    http://www.salon.com/2012/06/28/did_john_roberts_switch_his_vote/singleton/

    Thoughts?


    I think that's probably what happened. Roberts is quite aware of the partisan reputation of the Court, especially after Citizens United and other decisions that favored corporate interests. 

    I think he may have even changed the basis of the decision from being about the Commerce Clause, to being about taxes. I think that's why he's smiling now, because he killed two birds with one stone. He gets to say, "See, I'm not a right-wing ideologue because I voted to uphold Obamacare," and on the other hand he knows Republicans will have a field day with the "It's a tax" decision.
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    No.

    He did not change his mind.

    That is the opinion of a liberal "constitutional scholar" who teaches at a major midwestern university who said as he read the opinion it is clear to him that Roberts did NOT change his mind.

    I heard this guy this guy this morning on a local program.

    He also said this law is a tax, that the Supremes affirmed the ability of congress to tax.

    And that the Supremes ruling basically meant that no matter how stupid or sorry a law may be their job is only to rule on the constitutionality of the law.

    And that if the American people do not like it, they need to use elections to vote people in who will fix things.

    But, that's just his opinion.  He does, however, study the Supreme Court and teach constitutional history.

    So his opinion probably counts.