Monday, June 29, 2015

Roberts Court Surprises Observers on Left and Right

Justices Roberts and Kennedy
Conservative court carves big liberal victories
Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein predicted “people are going to lose rights’’ if the Senate installed John Roberts as the Supreme Court’s chief justice. Democratic Representative John Lewis cautioned that a Roberts court would “no longer hear the people’s cries for justice.”
That was 2005. One decade later, the legacy is looking a little different.
The Supreme Court’s three highest-profile decisions since Roberts became the top justice were all decided in favor of liberals: It rejected two challenges from the right to President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, including one on Thursday, ensuring 6 million people would keep their health care.
On Friday, albeit over Roberts’ strenuous objection, the court granted same-sex couples the right to marry, affecting many millions more.
This record has left conservatives spitting fire about a Republican Supreme Court pick who betrayed their cause. Democrats, meanwhile, celebrated in the streets of Washington for two straight days, as Obama is suddenly on a winning streak.
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