Thursday, June 28, 2012 5:14 PM
"Of course, Republicans are trying now to turn it into a “tax,” with Roberts’ help."
Um, Gary...in case you didn't catch the reason the individual mandate was upheld was because a majority on SCOTUS said that it was a tax. Do you somehow disagree with that? If so, then you have to agree that the individual mandate was unconstitutional...if NOT a tax, that is. Whatcha talking about, actually? Do you even know?
I agree with you totally that this ruling has done two very devastating things for republicans nationally (and two extremely wonderful things for democrats). First, as you've said, it makes Obama look like a winner..something Americans just can't help themselves loving. Right or wrong, Americans will vote for someone that looks strong and looks like someone that wins. It's just in our blood.
Second, it re-energizes the democratic base. Does anyone think that the Congressional Black Caucus and the Asian Caucus would have walked out of congress today when the vote took place on calling Atty General Holder in Contempt if the court would have said ACA was unconstitutional and is no longer viable? No way. And, go to the various democratic/liberal/progressive websites and look at the front page articles on this ruling by the Supremes and the gazillion responses on boards that have struggled lately getting many...if any at all....responses and posts.
This ain't good for Republicans. It may backfire along the way, but right now, I'm not seeing that happening. I'm betting you couldn't get a ten-penny nail up Romney butt right now with a jackhammer.