It’s amazing how fast politic color changes when opponents are getting support from the unexpected source. Mitt Romney changed his view about his once model in politics and criticizes Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. for a change of mind on Obamacare.
Before Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. took democrats’ side on the healthcare law, Mitt Romney praised him as one of the few that could “exhibit a genuine appreciation for the text, structure and history of our Constitution and interpret the Constitution and the laws as they are written”. But it all changed on Wednesday, when Mitt Romney criticized him during an interview with CBS News’ Jan Crawford.
From Mitt Romney’s point of view, what Chief Justice did in standing by Obamacare was inappropriate. The Republican presidential candidate took the betrayal so badly he said Robert’s “decision was made not based upon constitutional foundation but instead, political consideration about the relationship between the branches of government”.
And if before Roberts’ ruling on the healthcare, Mitt Romney would have sworn by him being a great justice candidate, during CBS News’s interview he had a new take on that. Crawford asked Romney if he’d nominate a justice like John Roberts knowing he had supported Obama’s healthcare law.
It was a straightforward and cold answer Crawford got from Romney. “I certainly wouldn’t nominate someone who – I knew – was gonna come out with a decision I violently disagreed with or vehemently, rather disagreed with” said the GOP presidential candidate. But besides saying Roberts’ decision was not accurate or appropriate, Romney did confess he believes of the Chief Justice to “have intelligence and believe in following the constitution”.
For the moment being Chief Justice Roberts is under a lot of scrutiny within the GOP. Many have taken hits at him after changing his mind and supporting the liberals. In fact columnist Michael Gerson accused him of “arrogance”, while economist Thomas Sowell writes something about “judicial betrayal”.
However, Business Week believes he will soon have a chance to “reassert his conservative credentials”, starting with a ruling on race issues. Constitutional law professor with the University of Pennsylvania Law School Kermit Roosevelt told Business Week: “With respect to race, I don’t think Chief Justice Roberts will have the same hesitation to advance a conservative agenda”.