Quotes of the day

posted at 10:40 pm on July 2, 2012 by Allahpundit

In the wake of Chief Justice John Roberts’ stunning about-face in the Obamacare case, conservatives who follow judicial issues are asking themselves: Did we ever really know Roberts? Did we get him wrong?…

“His ideological opinions he certainly kept to himself,” says one of those former Senate aides. “He was a blank slate because he had represented so many different sides,” says the other.

The public debate over Roberts echoed those private doubts. As Roberts sought confirmation, conservative commentators as varied as Charles Krauthammer and Ann Coulter called him a “tabula rasa.”

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That is the kind of sophistry we expect from liberals. The left sees the law as a tool of social justice — so they start with the desired outcome and then come up with legal reasoning to justify it. That is what Roberts did last week. He decided he wanted to uphold Obamacare and rewrote the statute to fit that outcome.

There is informed speculation in conservative legal circles that a close reading of the dissent shows Roberts had intended to strike down Obamacare, but flipped his position at the last minute. We don’t know if he was suddenly convinced by his liberal colleagues, or simply had a failure of nerve. But the challenge for conservatives is clear: We need jurists who not only have a philosophy of judicial restraint, but the intestinal fortitude not to be swayed by pressure from the New York Times, the Georgetown cocktail circuit and the legal academy.

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“Bush v. Gore is an example of a decision the left didn’t respect in part because they thought it was political motivated,” said Randy Barnett, a Georgetown University law professor who worked with the National Federation of Independent Business on its case against the law. “What the left says of Bush v. Gore, I think is true of this decision.”…

“He’s an umpire that seemed worried that people from the stands would be hollering at him,” said Chapman University law professor John Eastman.

“If he changed his vote because he was persuaded by the argument in favor of the health care bill, then I think he’s wrong but that’s fine,” Eastman said. “If he changed his vote because people were critical of the court and he was afraid of those criticisms and nevertheless was of the view the bill was constitutional, then yeah, I think he should resign.”

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The problem is that Roberts’s interpretation is not fairly, or even remotely, possible. If the law had been written in the Roberts version — as a regressive federal tax on the uninsured — there is no chance it would have passed Congress. More to the point, the law that Roberts describes would have covered a different number of the uninsured. Academic studies indicate that people respond differently to tax penalties than they do the legal mandates. “When the imperative to buy insurance,” notes Yuval Levin, “is instead presented as a choice between two options, more people will likely choose the cheaper option (which, for almost everyone, will be paying the tax rather than buying the coverage).”

Why did Roberts not account for this policy distinction? The most natural interpretation is that he didn’t know anything about it. Which is precisely the point. Roberts is not a health policy expert. His clever reinterpretation of the health law would actually change its outcome. This is not an alternate reading but an alternate universe.

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Chief Justice John Roberts, a good man who apparently thought he was doing the right thing, is increasingly taking on the character of a lone figure from classical Greek tragedy. If one collates all the news reports, rumors, and scuttlebutt, and if they are mostly credible, one learns of his tortured switch. It was perhaps prompted by a genuine desire to mitigate the Court’s “partisan” reputation, or to establish Roberts in the long tradition of a Warren or Souter, as a jurist who “evolved” on the Court in a fashion that pleases the influential in Washington and New York—or both. (And indeed, those who were vilifying him before the verdict were the first to heap praise on his judicial statesmanship—at least for now.) The tragedy is that, as the story comes out, the reputation of the Court will sink not rise, as—fairly or not—it appears overly sensitive to public opinion and liable to capitulate to such pressures in mediis rebus.

Roberts, who wanted to cement his reputation as a sober and judicious jurist, through his Hamlet-like deliberations ended up seeming incoherent, tentative, and unsure of himself. And if it’s true that rumors of Roberts reconsidering his vote swirled in Washington prior to the final outcome, and that such perceptions of hesitation prompted renewed venom and pressure — from not just the media, but from those such as Senator Leahy (who had voted to confirm Roberts) on the floors of Congress, and the president himself (who attacked the Court even earlier in his State of the Union address) — then the Court comes off as far more suspect after the opinion than before. Everything Roberts wished to prevent he ensured.

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Its not just Roberts, although he is certainly the major culprit in this mess, its the whole court. Roberts was wrong when he stated the court was not there to protect Americans (and the constitution) from their elected representatives….THAT IS EXACTLY WHY THEY ARE THERE…to protect us and the constitution from zealots like Obama, Pelosi and the clan who have no respect for anything except their progressive agenda….so to that end I say phuck the supremes, they are a major let down and have lost all the respect I ever had for them, Phuck them.

tractah on July 2, 2012 at 11:27 PM

McConnell really wants to take Hamburger hill, but acknowledges walking uphill is hard..

wolly4321 on July 2, 2012 at 11:27 PM

OmahaConservative on July 2, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Second tier Ron Paul. Libertarian.

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Benedict Roberts, a traitor to the constitution and a disgrace to he court. Ruth Bader has more dignity: she doesn’t pretend not to be a statist. In his little boy worries about the “esteem” of the court in the pages of the Old Gray Lady, he violated his most sacred oath.

Disgrace.

AshleyTKing on July 2, 2012 at 11:27 PM

I need a Johnson…lol
AKA..what??

bazil9 on July 2, 2012 at 11:27 PM

I have to decided to vote for Gary Johnson- I got my entire state to agree. Woot! FR- ready to stop your lame broken record? *skip*skip*skip

bazil9 on July 2, 2012 at 11:26 PM

He’s got some good theme songs.

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Conservatives have been losing since the New Deal, and America has been dying winning. Nothing much has changed for them since then.
We won Civil Rights Act, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Labor rights, Roe vs. Wade, and now Universal healthcare for the American people.
I can’t think of a single successful Conservative initiative or legislation that benefited the American people, not ONE!!

Salahuddin on July 2, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Rio Linda Refugee on July 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM

I need a Johnson…lol
AKA..what??

bazil9 on July 2, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Freudian slip? Lol!

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Considering all of the BS tax credits/deductions out here already in legal existence, which in effect penalize/reward activities and/or non-activities, depending on the category, I find that conclusion to be hysterical hyperbole…

Bizarro No. 1 on July 2, 2012 at 11:10 PM

Really? Please do expound upon how my statement is hyperbole and explain how Roberts ruling is not a massive grant of taxing power granted to Congress. Because you see, all the examples you cite above apply only to citizens who file income tax returns and applies only to their income and tax liabilities. What Roberts did was expand that to all breathing citizens of the US and extended the taxing power to include not engaging in a certain activity. This is not a tax on income, it is not apportioned among the states, it is not a direct tax on a product crossing state lines, it is a tax upon people not engaging in an economic activity, i.e, you are being taxed for not buying something.

Hey, you are subject to the whims of future congressional laws in the future as well. By all means, go ahead and just keep on keeping on and ignore the radical change to the relationship between citizen and government that this ruling have affirmed.

AZfederalist on July 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM

That seems to be the consensus of most of the folks on these threads instead of focusing on what we can do to right our ship.
txmomof6 on July 2, 2012 at 11:23 PM

Our ship just took a nasty broadside though, txmom.

Cleombrotus on July 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2012 at 11:27 PM

Yeh, I know. Forgot my tag…

OmahaConservative on July 2, 2012 at 11:30 PM

O/T: No hypocrisy is as enjoyable to reveal as that of the Bloomblob: Mayor Rigs Wacky A/C to Keep His SUV Chilled

slickwillie2001 on July 2, 2012 at 11:30 PM

The answer isn’t to try our best to forget about it, the answer is to get mad. The answer is to demand that the people responsible for Obamacare pay a price and are not elected to public office. The answer for those of us that oppose Obamnacare is to vote for Gary Johnson.

FloatingRock on July 2, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I was humming ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic‘ there
…til I got to the punchline.

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 2, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Cleombrotus on July 2, 2012 at 11:22 PM

I’ve informed the Husband that I will not cooperate w/ ANY Zerocare tax listed on our 1040′s-and if he insists on doing otherwise I’ll demand that we do the ‘married filing separately’ thing.

I will not be silent.
I will not submit.
War.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 2, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Our governing language was destroyed long ago. Robert’s just is another in a long line that went through the open gate provided for him. We’ve had perversions of the Welfare Clause, perversions of the commerce clause and just plain perversion of what words in the Bill of Rights means over the last 100 years. So while I am sympathetic to your point the barn door was left open long ago and that horse is a few states over.

chemman on July 2, 2012 at 11:12 PM

There had been many previous and accumulating erosions in the integrity of the governing language, but this was a phase change.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 2, 2012 at 11:30 PM

What Benedict Roberts did was so much worse than this. He didn’t merely rewrite the statute; he also totally redefined the word “tax” all on his own, too, destroying our governing language in the process and forever perverting the foundation of our nation, whose birth was sparked by a revo1t against “taxes”.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 2, 2012 at 11:06 PM

Wow. That was brilliant. Kudos to you.

SparkPlug on July 2, 2012 at 11:08 PM

….I agree!…P O P…that sir is one hellofa statement!

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2012 at 11:30 PM

While HA continues to beat that poor horse, is anyone paying attention to this juicy nugget?

Charlie Rangel’s lead shrinks; he fundraises off of vote count court hearing

JPeterman on July 2, 2012 at 11:31 PM

slickwillie2001 on July 2, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Is he a hypocrite on energy to?

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Husband is considering voting for Gary Johnson-since TX is guaranteed to be carried by Romney.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 2, 2012 at 11:32 PM

I’d really like to see Roberts explain wtf he was thinking.

rayra on July 2, 2012 at 11:32 PM

There had been many previous and accumulating erosions in the integrity of the governing language, but this was a phase change.

ThePrimordialOrderedPair on July 2, 2012 at 11:30 PM

This is along the lines of R v. W where the court ruled that abortion was about privacy and not life.

Rio Linda Refugee on July 2, 2012 at 11:32 PM

The answer is that Roberts broke his oath to uphold the constitution, and no amount of past glory alters that offense in the slightest. There is no quantity of brownie points that can make up for what he did.

sharrukin on July 2, 2012 at 11:25 PM

No one bats 1.000 and the only one obsessing over anything is you. You seem to think that people shouldn’t be disappointed by Roberts’ ruling and blow off a little steam. You’re a tired act.

Rio Linda Refugee on July 2, 2012 at 11:25 PM

Until either of you, especially the mentally unstable/delusional RLR, hold other Justices like Thomas and Scalia, who themselves have statist rulings in their pasts, to the same standard you’re applying to Roberts, you look/sound like whiny, sore-loser hypocrites…

Bizarro No. 1 on July 2, 2012 at 11:32 PM

Some of these folks need something to cheer them up. Tough reading these comments the last couple of days.

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Yes but there is a reason Mr B. Not cheery. Thx for the cheer though.

bazil9 on July 2, 2012 at 11:33 PM

Wish a great American corporation a happy 50th: 10 Ways Walmart Changed the World

slickwillie2001 on July 2, 2012 at 11:33 PM

How do you know exactly why he ruled how he did? Are you God?

I know —because I’m NOT God — that he ruled the way he ruled out of selfishness.

What do you believe it says about you that you’re so willing to assign the worst of motives to him w/o being able to prove your contention beyond a reasonable doubt?

Bizarro No. 1 on July 2, 2012 at 11:26 PM

Why doesn’t Roberts sit down with someone like Levin and explain himself ?
If he chooses not to , he is just another coward in a black robe, hiding behind his lifetime appointment .
He deserves all the contempt he gets, and some more

burrata on July 2, 2012 at 11:33 PM

JPeterman on July 2, 2012 at 11:31 PM

I would imagine you still have to figure Charlie to win, he has a lot more cheating under his belt.

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM

LOL, No. :)

bazil9 on July 2, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Slow news week, everybody is on vacation.

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2012 at 11:19 PM

The news is out there, but I guess it wouldn’t get as many hits as another SC thread.

Romney accuses Obama of ‘vicious lies’ on Bain Capital

Rangel’s primary victory in question as vote count narrows lead

‘Washington Post’ Backs Off Claim Romney Outsourced Jobs

And now I’m going to shut up because I’m beginning to sound like the blue gilled one. :-)

Flora Duh on July 2, 2012 at 11:34 PM

Agreed. Please stop posting his ferret faced Frank Burns looking mug ever again. From now on please address this dishonorable db only as he whose name shall not be spoken………

DeweyWins on July 2, 2012 at 11:14 PM

Yes, might I recommend that instead of that smug mug, you just post a picture like the following, after all, it is more descriptive: Roberts Representation

AZfederalist on July 2, 2012 at 11:35 PM

Wish a great American corporation a happy 50th: 10 Ways Walmart Changed the World

slickwillie2001 on July 2, 2012 at 11:33 PM

I don’t know about the world in general-but Wally’s certainly changed MY world. I’ve been an associate since May 2011 & Spawn got hired abou3 weeks ago.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 2, 2012 at 11:35 PM

While HA continues to beat that poor horse, is anyone paying attention to this juicy nugget?

Charlie Rangel’s lead shrinks; he fundraises off of vote count court hearing

JPeterman on July 2, 2012 at 11:31 PM

Yeah, it’s nice to see democratics fighting each other for the keys to the vote-stealing machine in a primary.

slickwillie2001 on July 2, 2012 at 11:36 PM

I say Congress enacts the Roberts Tax:

A tax on fools and the first person taxed is Roberts.

Sherman1864 on July 2, 2012 at 11:37 PM

The Founding Fathers giveth and Chief Judas Roberts taketh away!

RedRobin145 on July 2, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Woot! FR- ready to stop your lame broken record? *skip*skip*skip

bazil9 on July 2, 2012 at 11:26 PM

He’s got some good theme songs.

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 11:28 PM

Is this one of them ?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnzHtm1jhL4

bayview on July 2, 2012 at 11:39 PM

If a king is more interested in protecting his castle than his country, then he should abdicate.

Resist We Much on July 2, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Conspiracy theory anyone? What Really Happened to Dominique Strauss-Kahn?

slickwillie2001 on July 2, 2012 at 11:39 PM

And now I’m going to shut up because I’m beginning to sound like the blue gilled one. :-)

Flora Duh on July 2, 2012 at 11:34 PM

I don’t know about that. Ten dollars says ya can’t. Lol!

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 11:40 PM

annoyinglittletwerp on July 2, 2012 at 11:30 PM

I’m sort of surprised that no one is seriously suggesting this as an option, even if it’s a “down-the-road” option.

Cleombrotus on July 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Who the hell is Gary Johnson?

OmahaConservative on July 2, 2012 at 11:26 PM

He’s the only candidate running for President in ’12 that isn’t responsible for Obamacare, and he’ll be on everybody’s ballots. He’s the only candidate that isn’t a Keynesian supporter of bailouts, cronyism, debt and inflation.

FloatingRock on July 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

The GOP will betray you!..:)

The GOPe will betray you!..for the true cons!

Dire Straits on July 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Now that people have had a few days to marinate about this, you are starting to really see how disastrous this decision is. Roberts should resign as soon as a Republican becomes president. He already cost Romney the election, because this election will play out just as Santorum said it would. The economy will recover in the fall and you can’t use Obamacare against Obama because of Romneycare. We will lose this election because John Roberts tried to be cute. Yes, cute. Not smart, not brilliant, not cunning, not stupid, but cute.

It will take a lot for him to overcome the ramifications of this decision and it may very well take a president to relieve him of the Chief Justice title and give that to someone else (like Alito!). Because at this point the only crowd that singing his praises is the Left and he may very well continue to deliver for them to cover for this monumental mistake of a decision.

milemarker2020 on July 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Is this one of them ?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnzHtm1jhL4

bayview on July 2, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Always loved that tune. Something relaxing about it.; )

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Really? Please do expound upon how my statement is hyperbole and explain how Roberts ruling is not a massive grant of taxing power granted to Congress. Because you see, all the examples you cite above apply only to citizens who file income tax returns and applies only to their income and tax liabilities. What Roberts did was expand that to all breathing citizens of the US and extended the taxing power to include not engaging in a certain activity. This is not a tax on income, it is not apportioned among the states, it is not a direct tax on a product crossing state lines, it is a tax upon people not engaging in an economic activity, i.e, you are being taxed for not buying something.

Hey, you are subject to the whims of future congressional laws in the future as well. By all means, go ahead and just keep on keeping on and ignore the radical change to the relationship between citizen and government that this ruling have affirmed.

AZfederalist on July 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM

It’s hyperbole because by granting tax penalties/rewards to particular/targeted activities/non-activities, like allowing people to count donations of used underwear as tax write-offs, Congress shows it already has the power to tax/penalize whatever it feels like – either directly or indirectly, the effect is the same, and what it can’t achieve directly, it can & will try to do indirectly…

Bizarro No. 1 on July 2, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Roberts suffered a complete lapse in intestinal fortitude accompanied by a backbone that turned into Jello.

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Either that, or somebody got to him…

…I put nothing past Chicago on the Potomac.

hillbillyjim on July 2, 2012 at 11:42 PM

Hello all.

For whatever it’s worth – I know I don’t post much (certainly not lately) – doing a “fly-by” here.

Been pretty busy as of late. Got a part-time/full-time job and between it and life in general, way, way too much going on. So, Hot Air takes a far back seat. I mostly just peruse and that’s about all the time I’ve got.

Hope all is well with you.

Bmore, Twerp and the gang.

I will pop in though from time to time, fleeting it will be.

And on topic- C.J. Roberts: facepalm. That’s all I’ve got to say on the issue.

Logus on July 2, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Flora Duh on July 2, 2012 at 11:34 PM

LOL, I had heard that the WH said Factcheck was full of it and used the fact that the Post didn’t retract the story as proof. I know I’m convinced.

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Our ship just took a nasty broadside though, txmom.

Cleombrotus on July 2, 2012 at 11:29 PM

I agree and it kills me, as this has been an issue more important to me than almost any other since before the bill was passed. I went to townhalls in 2009, and I confronted my weasly Congressman Sessions.I read the briefs that were filed in many of the cases. But we will lose the war if we fight amongst ourselves and obsess about the size and shape of the cannonball that hit us and who lit the fuse. All hands on deck are necessary or we will sink.

txmomof6 on July 2, 2012 at 11:44 PM

Logus on July 2, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Congratulations, we miss you but understand.

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2012 at 11:45 PM

I know the most likely explanation is it’s a big vacation week, but WEHT Karl Rove????

Marcus on July 2, 2012 at 11:46 PM

Logus on July 2, 2012 at 11:43 PM

Good to see you Logus, they’ll cheer up soon, or the beatings will continue. ; )

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM

The GOP will betray you!..:)

The GOPe will betray you!..for the true cons!

Dire Straits on July 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

All Poli’s will betray you. For the true cons and all.

bazil9 on July 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM

We won Civil Rights Act, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Labor rights, Roe vs. Wade, and now Universal healthcare for the American people.
I can’t think of a single successful Conservative initiative or legislation that benefited the American people, not ONE!!

Salahuddin on July 2, 2012 at 11:26 PM

You forgot the /s tag.

Let’s see

Civil Rights Act — It was passed because of Republicans over the objections of the southern Democrats

Social Security — Ponzi scheme about to blow up on the boomer generation and its entitlement mentality. Taking 12.4% of your income when you include what your employer pays and you will have nothing to show for it when you retire.

Medicare: System is going bankrupt and will require either increase in taxes or massive federal bailout resulting in massive increase in taxes

Medicade: System going bankrupt. If we have this and it is so great, why do we need ObamaTax?

Roe v. Wade: Hey, who isn’t down with ripping the unborn from their mothers’ wombs? It’s not like they are living beings that can feel pain after all. /s/s

Obamatax: A plan we were told would only cost $800B over the next 10 years didn’t even make it past the signature cycle before rising to over $1T and now projected to hit $2T

Dang, we can’t take many more of your successful initiatives.

Funny thing, conservatives don’t measure success by size of government programs, but by the freedom that their fellow citizens enjoy and the prosperity of the economy. You ought to try that sometime. We didn’t become the number one economy in the world because of government programs, but rather despite them.

AZfederalist on July 2, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Logus on July 2, 2012 at 11:43 PM
What Cindy said. You have your priorities in order. *smiles and waves*

annoyinglittletwerp on July 2, 2012 at 11:48 PM

Roberts should resign as soon as a Republican becomes president. He already cost Romney the election,
milemarker2020 on July 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Umm…

Cleombrotus on July 2, 2012 at 11:49 PM

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2012 at 11:45 PM

Cindy, are they calling us Butt hurt Air over at Aces yet?

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 11:49 PM

All Poli’s will betray you. For the true cons and all.

bazil9 on July 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM

You have a point!..:)

Dire Straits on July 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

A Roberts Tax for those who write “lol” in their comments.

I detest such infantile stuff among HA commenters.

Sherman1864 on July 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Is this one of them ?
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hnzHtm1jhL4

bayview on July 2, 2012 at 11:39 PM

Nice..it fits. lol

bazil9 on July 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

All Poli’s will betray you. For the true cons and all.

bazil9 on July 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM

Poli- many
ticks- bloodsucking parasites

Rio Linda Refugee on July 2, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 11:49 PM

I don’t know, they don’t have anything any more fascinating up over there either. This is the calm before the storm of the election.

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Dire Straits on July 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

Evening Dire, equal opportunity betrayers?

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Sherman1864 on July 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

WTF? ORLY? KTHXBAI. LoL

annoyinglittletwerp on July 2, 2012 at 11:53 PM

A Roberts Tax for those who write “lol” in their comments.

I detest such infantile stuff among HA commenters.

Sherman1864 on July 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

OMG WTF what a H8er ROFLMAO

Rio Linda Refugee on July 2, 2012 at 11:53 PM

Cindy Munford on July 2, 2012 at 11:52 PM

I feel like I’m not fitting in well here lately. I’m very happy. I refuse to let them have at it.

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 11:55 PM

All Poli’s will betray you. For the true cons and all.

bazil9 on July 2, 2012 at 11:47 PM

You have a point!..:)

Dire Straits on July 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

;) Tis true,No?
Put your undying faith into humans..you shall be disappointed.

bazil9 on July 2, 2012 at 11:55 PM

A Roberts Tax for those who write “lol” in their comments.

I detest such infantile stuff among HA commenters.

Sherman1864 on July 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL LOL

How’s that?

JPeterman on July 2, 2012 at 11:55 PM

FloatingRock on July 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

…just obnoxious!

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Man, 0bama is pounding Romney hard in the targeted IA ads on network TV…

OmahaConservative on July 2, 2012 at 11:56 PM

A Roberts Tax for those who write “lol” in their comments.
I detest such infantile stuff among HA commenters.
Sherman1864 on July 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

May we have an exemption if we write “heh” instead?

Cleombrotus on July 2, 2012 at 11:56 PM

A Roberts Tax for those who write “lol” in their comments.

I detest such infantile stuff among HA commenters.

Sherman1864 on July 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Thanks for the tip. Lol! ; )

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 11:56 PM

Ah, I see another smirking pic of the Chief Traitor of the United States was found. At least it is a bit of variety…

McDuck on July 2, 2012 at 11:57 PM

May we have an exemption if we write “heh” instead?

Cleombrotus on July 2, 2012 at 11:56 PM

What is the mandated penaltytax for a *SNORT*?

Rio Linda Refugee on July 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM

A Roberts Tax for those who write “lol” in their comments.

I detest such infantile stuff among HA commenters.

Sherman1864 on July 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

…personally…I’ll be more of an adult and write “fol” from now on…(fart out loud!)

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2012 at 11:59 PM

AZfed-

It’s funny like that isn’t it? Their programs never end. It would seem to me that any successful program would by definition have to end because it solved the problem is was designed to fix.

But they never end because they never solve anything.

wolly4321 on July 3, 2012 at 12:00 AM

I know —because I’m NOT God — that he ruled the way he ruled out of selfishness.

Oh yeah? No other reason is possible, huh? Then you should easily be able to prove that beyond a reasonable doubt, w/o committing any logical fallacies in the process.

Do you even know what “logical fallacy” means? lol

Why doesn’t Roberts sit down with someone like Levin and explain himself ?
If he chooses not to , he is just another coward in a black robe,
hiding behind his lifetime appointment .
He deserves all the contempt he gets, and some more

burrata on July 2, 2012 at 11:33 PM

I don’t know, do you always do for others what they expect you to do for them? Do you believe you’re a good debater?

If you were to tell me to tell you my middle name, and I didn’t, and you then proceeded to call me a coward, believing that would help your cause, what could you rationally infer from that scenario, besides that you’d be showing that you’re not very bright?

PS you are not a very kind, loving person, are you? LOL :)

Bizarro No. 1 on July 3, 2012 at 12:01 AM

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 11:55 PM

I’m not unhappy either. Chances are, those who are venting aren’t unhappy either.

Cindy Munford on July 3, 2012 at 12:01 AM

We won Civil Rights Act, Social Security, Medicare, Medicaid, Labor rights, Roe vs. Wade, and now Universal healthcare for the American people.
I can’t think of a single successful Conservative initiative or legislation that benefited the American people, not ONE!!

Salahuddin on July 2, 2012 at 11:26 PM

The CRA was voted for by more Republicans than Democrats. The rest of your lists is what is destroying this country.

Conservatives won the Cold War and otherwise generally have tried to stop liberals from trashing this country even faster than they have managed to do already.

pedestrian on July 3, 2012 at 12:02 AM

A Roberts Tax for those who write “lol” in their comments.

I detest such infantile stuff among HA commenters.

Sherman1864 on July 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

Laughed out loud at that one. I’m like Roberts. I need you to like me.

BoxHead1 on July 3, 2012 at 12:03 AM

A Roberts Tax for those who write “lol” in their comments.

I detest such infantile stuff among HA commenters.

Sherman1864 on July 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

awww, is Shermy Snookums pissed that he didn’t come up with the idea for Lolcats first?

tee hee hee

Flora Duh on July 3, 2012 at 12:03 AM

FloatingRock on July 2, 2012 at 11:41 PM

…just obnoxious!

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2012 at 11:55 PM

Ron Paul betrayed him, so he had to find a new looser to support.

SWalker on July 3, 2012 at 12:04 AM

Evening Dire, equal opportunity betrayers?

Bmore on July 2, 2012 at 11:52 PM

Good evening sir!..:)

Dire Straits on July 3, 2012 at 12:05 AM

In honor of Summertime Rolls, the H E A T has been oppressive this summer already. Not a day under 100 here in STL in ~2 weeks.

tom daschle concerned on July 3, 2012 at 12:06 AM

My Obama voting wife told me a few months ago..
She was not voting this year.. *she hates Obama..Hope and Change in all*
*doesn’t like Romney*

After the SC ruling…..

She has marked November on the calendar….

Electrongod on July 2, 2012 at 10:54 PM

..sorry for the delay; just got back form my walk this evening. Go d bless you for passing that along. Brought a HUGE Totoro smile to my face!

Thank you.

You are an Electron God!

The War Planner on July 3, 2012 at 12:06 AM

Most of the Hotair commentators that were here back in ’07 – ’10 don’t seem to comment much here anymore, and I’d bet that a lot of them are probably contemplating Gary Johnson even if they haven’t committed yet.

If Gary Johnson surges I hope people will jump on board.

Let’s leave Obama and Romney in our dust in November.

FloatingRock on July 3, 2012 at 12:07 AM

McConnell really wants to take Hamburger hill, but acknowledges walking uphill is hard..

wolly4321 on July 2, 2012 at 11:27 PM

lol,awesome. Hamburger Hill to him is Tuesday at the Senate club luncheon where Harry Reid tells them funny ass stories about evil republicans and Mitch goes “gobble gobble.”

arnold ziffel on July 3, 2012 at 12:07 AM

SWalker on July 3, 2012 at 12:04 AM

…that!…is not jockstrap material.

KOOLAID2 on July 3, 2012 at 12:07 AM

I was humming ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic‘ there
…til I got to the punchline.

:P

Ladysmith CulchaVulcha on July 2, 2012 at 11:30 PM

Yeah, I was right up there with him until he got to the last sentence. Truth to tell, I hadn’t looked at who was posting,or I wouldn’t have read the first sentences either. FR is pretty predictable and pretty much repetitive. If you’ve read one of FR’s posts, you’ve read them all.

AZfederalist on July 3, 2012 at 12:08 AM

Most of the Hotair commentators that were here back in ’07 – ’10 don’t seem to comment much here anymore, and I’d bet that a lot of them are probably contemplating Gary Johnson even if they haven’t committed yet.

If Gary Johnson surges I hope people will jump on board.

Let’s leave Obama and Romney in our dust in November.

FloatingRock on July 3, 2012 at 12:07 AM

That’s cool man, what is he doing these days?

tom daschle concerned on July 3, 2012 at 12:09 AM

If Gary Johnson surges I hope people will jump on board.

Let’s leave Obama and Romney in our dust in November.

FloatingRock on July 3, 2012 at 12:07 AM

I picture you saying this after taking a huge pull on your favorite bong and talking as you try not to exhale.

Rio Linda Refugee on July 3, 2012 at 12:09 AM

PS you are not a very kind, loving person, are you? LOL :)

Bizarro No. 1 on July 3, 2012 at 12:01 AM

It’s not about me.
It’s about the millions of Americans who were just b!^ch slapped while being kicked in the groin , by a man who was their last hope of sanity and liberty , and he decided instead that he’ much rather be be liked by the tyrant .

burrata on July 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

…just obnoxious!

KOOLAID2 on July 2, 2012 at 11:55 PM

I haven’t forgotten that the truth is obnoxious to people like you.

FloatingRock on July 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Most of the Hotair commentators that were here back in ’07 – ’10 don’t seem to comment much here anymore, and I’d bet that a lot of them are probably contemplating Gary Johnson even if they haven’t committed yet.

If Gary Johnson surges I hope people will jump on board.

Let’s leave Obama and Romney in our dust in November.

FloatingRock on July 3, 2012 at 12:07 AM

They probably disappeared because they got sick of your asinine spamming about candidates who have no chance of ever winning.

JPeterman on July 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

I need a Johnson…lol
AKA..what??

bazil9 on July 2, 2012 at 11:27 PM

I’m voting for Pedro—–Johnson.

arnold ziffel on July 3, 2012 at 12:11 AM

FloatingRock on July 3, 2012 at 12:07 AM

They probably disappeared because they got sick of your asinine spamming about candidates who have no chance of ever winning.

JPeterman on July 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Nah. A lot of us are still here, and I guarantee you none of us will give Johnson a second look…

OmahaConservative on July 3, 2012 at 12:13 AM

It’s not about me.
It’s about the millions of Americans who were just b!^ch slapped while being kicked in the groin , by a man who was their last hope of sanity and liberty , and he decided instead that he’ much rather be be liked by the tyrant .

burrata on July 3, 2012 at 12:10 AM

Never put ones last hope in a man.

Rio Linda Refugee on July 3, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Roberts is Obama’s Heel Hound-Ro-Bo.At the next State of the Union Address, Roberts should wear a studded collar with Obama leading him into the capitol building-on all fours- on a leash.

MaiDee on July 3, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Chief Justice John Roberts, a good man who apparently thought he was doing the right thing, is increasingly taking on the character of a lone figure from classical Greek tragedy.

BUNK! He was gotten to, and if you want to know who got to him just follow the money.

DannoJyd on July 3, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Time for fireworks on the Lake!

Bmore on July 3, 2012 at 12:14 AM

I detest such infantile stuff among HA commenters.

Sherman1864 on July 2, 2012 at 11:50 PM

LOL! — OMG! wth? u r cra3y! rotflmao

IYKWIMAITYD

Axe on July 3, 2012 at 12:14 AM

Nah. A lot of us are still here, and I guarantee you none of us will give Johnson a second look…

OmahaConservative on July 3, 2012 at 12:13 AM

Been here since ’06. Voting for Mitt.

annoyinglittletwerp on July 3, 2012 at 12:14 AM

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