As your resident pessimist, I predicted that the Supreme Court would uphold the ObamaTax as Constitutional. Which means that I was psychologically much better prepared for what happened on Thursday than many of you.
But when I read that CBS story Troy linked to below, confirming Chief Justice John Roberts' defection, I was aghast. It's one thing to deal with a Supreme Court upholding an unconstitutional invasion of liberty. It's entirely another to realize that it happened over Justice Kennedy's strenuous objections. It's entirely another to read the messy disaster of a decision by Roberts. And when you realize that in the process of making that decision, Roberts managed to completely lose the respect of at least half (if not all) of the other justices in the court .... well, what is there to say?
The more I think about this decision, the more outraged I am. And it sounds like I'm not alone. Byron York writes:
I ran into a prominent conservative member of Congress Friday night just before the huge storms moved through Washington. He was, he said, far angrier on the day after the Supreme Court Obamacare decision than he had been the moment he learned Chief Justice John Roberts had joined the Court’s liberal bloc to uphold the individual mandate at the heart of Obamacare. He didn’t resort to histrionics or profanity, but he was spitting mad — and his anger was growing, not diminishing.
York offers several more examples, along with published critiques such as those by our own John Yoo, before noting that public opinion polls show increased unhappiness with the ruling among many folks on the right.
So what about you? What are your stages of anger? Are you more or less upset than you were initially. Why?