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  •  TofG - I don't think so (0+ / 0-)

    Roberts could view this as a perfect way to "split the baby". He has been brutally demeaned by his friends in the Federalist Society for his swing vote on the ACA. He owes no loyalty to see that the ACA is effective and widely adopted.

    "let's talk about that"

    by VClib on Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 12:15:45 PM PST

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    •  You're assuming (3+ / 0-)
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      he needs friends in the Federalist Society.

      He doesn't. He's already got the last job he'll ever have. He can't get fired (unless he does something monumentally stupid), he has more prestige than the entire Federalist society combined, and his word carries more force than any of them ever could.

      Why the hell should he care what they say? I think it's much more likely they care what HE says about THEM.

      •  But he wants their approval (0+ / 0-)

        The Chief wants to be invited to their events and be treated as a rock star. The right vote in this case (from the perspective of the Federalist Society) would help mend the wounds. It would be easy to vote in favor of Halbig. The language in the ACA is very clear.

        "let's talk about that"

        by VClib on Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 12:43:54 PM PST

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        •  I'm quite certain that the Federalist Society (3+ / 0-)
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          isn't going to turn away the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court from any soiree they hold.  

          •  misslb - I am sure that is true (0+ / 0-)

            but they were very unhappy with his vote on the ACA. They were sure if Kennedy would swing their way the ACA would be deemed unconstitutional. They liked the Commerce Clause part of the decision, but couldn't imagine Roberts would approve it on the taxing power after both Speaker Pelosi and President Obama stated dozens of times that the mandate was not a tax, and that the federal government was relying on the Commerce Clause.

            "let's talk about that"

            by VClib on Mon Dec 02, 2013 at 03:16:52 PM PST

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