Furious conservative activists lashed out Thursday in the blogosphere at Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts for siding with the left and upholding the individual mandate in “Obamacare,” with some even calling for his impeachment.
“It [the Affordable Care Act] will be dead on November 6th and then impeachment proceedings will conclude on January 20th against Justice Roberts,” wrote a commenter on the conservative blog Powerline.
“And Roberts? Really? I expect this of Kennedy but him? Yet another stealth socialist/statist as other contributors have pointed out,” added a commenter at Michelle Malkin’s blog...
“Wow. Chief Justice Roberts saved Obamacare, plain and simple. Very few people envisioned that scenario,” wrote Guy Benson at Townhall.com.
“Oh, no,” wrote Ace of Spades, a conservative blogger. “Roberts joined the liberals… Roberts’ vote saved the ACA — so I guess 5-4 decisions are okay again.”
Conservative bloggers had earlier suspected that Justice Anthony Kennedy would be the swing vote against their position, telling POLITICO at a conservative bloggers conference that they feared he would be instrumental in upholding the individual mandate. Instead, it was Roberts.
“You read that correctly. Justice Kennedy would have invalidated the entire law. Chief Justice Roberts saved it,” said Daniel Foster at National Review Online.
“The always unpredictable Kennedy came through; the newly unpredictable Roberts did not,” said Paul Mirengoff at the Powerline blog.
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