When I read articles like James Taranto’s trying to divine how Chief Justice Roberts will decide in King v. Burwell, I always find them amusing. While I am fully confident that the Chief Justice will decide according to sound legal principles and the merits of the case, I also remember Mr. Dooley’s century-old wisecrack that even the justices of the Supreme Court read the election returns.
Is he willing to give the White House a mulligan on the PPACA? How strong a case do they need to have? Will his voting in support of another strained argument support his previous decision on the PPACA or discredit it and the Supreme Court along with it? There are a lot of moving parts here.