Still Struggling with the Roberts-as-Hero Theory

I've tried -- I really have tried -- to accept the kindest reading of Chief Justice Roberts' decision and opinion on ObamaCare.  But, so far at least, I just can't bring myself to see the positive here, let alone evidence that Roberts has outsmarted anyone, except perhaps himself. I am speaking, of course, of the general opinion, gaining a lot of traction in conservative circles, that by rejecting the case for ObamaCare's unconstitutionality as such, and wresting the majority opinion from the hands of the leftist justices he joined, Roberts was able to score a subtle victory for conservative principles.  If this interpretation, in its various forms, were being pitched only by the usual Beltway pundit suspects (Will, Krauthammer, et al), I wouldn't be making the effort to understand and accept it.   However, the theory is being espoused -- and has been consistently espoused from the outset -- by some non-establishment Republicans as well, including a few whose minds...(Read Full Article)