In the wake of the Supreme Court upholding the key provisions of the Affordable Care Act, conservatives searched far and wide for an explanation of why Chief Justice John Roberts would vote with the liberals in the case. Bill Dunne, who says he runs an “executive-communications consultancy” in Connecticut, has finally found one: Roberts was helping the Republicans by making sure they lost the 2012 election. Wha? Yep. That’s what he says.
Imagine, though, if the chief justice had opined as everyone expected him to and joined with Scalia, Sam Alito, Clarence Thomas, and Anthony Kennedy (ironically the swing vote whom ObamaCare opponents were most worried about) to guillotine the law then and there. The reduction of Mr. Obama’s “crowning achievement” to just a gigantic waste of time when a dismal economy was begging for attention might well have cost him his re-election five months later.
Howls of outrage would have erupted from every Democrat/leftist stronghold — from the White House to Congress, from Hollywood to academia, and of course from the establishment media. The din would have been relentless. The smearing of small-government Republicans as selfish meanies would be easy as pie and more effective than ever.
Nancy Pelosi would be speaker of the House again after next November’s mid-term elections. Harry Reid would certainly remain as Senate majority leader. President Obama would be striding mightily across the national stage. His promised fundamental transformation of the United States of America would continue. Hillary Clinton would be a shoe-in for the White House in 2016. And “single-payer” — full-bore socialist medicine — would be a slam-dunk. HillaryCare redux.Perhaps worst of all, from Roberts’s point of view, the Court’s great prestige would suffer. Left-leaning historians, which means most historians, would be lumping the Court’s killing of ObamaCare with Bush v. Gore and Citizens United to paint the Court as a right-wing political operation.
My, how different is the real reality. Democrats are looking ahead in abject terror at the November midterms. And when those results come in, when Obama’s lame-duckness grows acute, it’s possible to imagine conservatives and Republicans being ready to let the far-seeing John Roberts out of the dog house.
Two movie quotes come to mind. The first is from The Princess Bride: “Truly you have a dizzying intellect.” The second is from A Fish Called Wanda: “It’s an X K Red 27 technique.” If the ACA had been overturned, Obama would have lost reelection but apparently gained seats in the House and Senate, which almost never happens. And people would be so angry about it that they’d vote liberals into office to pass single-payer health care. Because that totally makes sense.