EJ Dionne, a liberal writer from WaPo seems to be taking credit for Roberts flipping on Obamacare. Sounds to me like a bit of a touchdown dance. But here’s what he said on NPR, according to John Podhoretz:
“I think Justice Roberts in this case saw . . . the attacks that [the high court] was facing from lots of people — including me, I should say — were just going to escalate,” Dionne said. This was a problem for Roberts, the pundit surmised, because Dionne & Co. were raising doubts about “the legitimacy of the court, which has already been called into question by decisions from Bush v. Gore through Citizens United.”
This rhetorical assault against the court “was going to escalate further,” Dionne said. “And I think he was trying to avoid that.”
So Dionne threatened to attack and Roberts cowered. If this were prison, what would that make Roberts?
This is like in 3′ O Clock High when Buddy Revell tells Jerry Mitchell:
You and me, we’re gonna have a fight. Today. After school. Three o’clock. In the parking lot. You try and run, I’m gonna track you down. You go to a teacher, it’s only gonna get worse. You sneak home, I’m gonna be under your bed.
Then poor Jerry Mitchell just about soils himself and tries to pay him off and Buddy looks at him in disgust, saying (among other things), “You didn’t even try. How does that feel?”
That’s how Dionne and his liberal cohorts are going to look at Roberts when he’s invited to all the cool cocktail parties. Like Buddy looked at Jerry.
At least in the movie, Jerry Mitchell mans up in the end. But I guess happy endings are for Hollywood.