John Roberts, what were you thinking. If this question went through your mind at about 10:30am on June 28th, that puts you in good company. In fact, the whole ruling on the healthcare law frankly seems odd. First they ruled that it wasn’t a tax so that they could proceed with deciding if it was constitutional or not. Then they ruled that it was a tax so that they could say it is constitutional. Then, in a twist of irony after Obama’s recent decision to stop enforcing immigration laws, the Supreme Court ruled that the Federal Government couldn’t penalize states for not implementing Obamacare. After this whirlwind, what we ended up with is the biggest regressive tax on the middle class in our nation’s history.
And that is when the sleeping giant woke up. Suddenly we were reminded that we are Taxed Enough Already.
In 2010, Conservative Constitutionalists and TEA Party activists had a reason to live. Democrat policies were rejected by voters in a massive conservative sweep. But after two years of being beaten down by mainstream media and the Republican establishment, and the influx of special interest commercialism into the TEA Party, the heartbeat of the movement was faint. You can feel free to disagree with me, but let’s be honest. The rallies had turned into book tours and the infighting had handed victory in the primary to Mitt Romney.
Every Republican knows that Romney will do great with the economy. Shoot, most Democrats know it, but won’t admit it. Despite this, many conservatives have become purists and would still struggle to pull the lever for Romney. I suggested a while back that many conservatives will be more willing to open their wallets to conservative PACs than to Romney. Many conservatives will vote for Romney, but won’t put a Romney bumper sticker on their car. Many are voting for the candidate named Not Obama.
And then the unthinkable happened. The chief justice Bush appointed joined the majority and ruled Obamacare constitutional. Even Justice Kennedy knew better.
Now 2012 has all new meaning. It is no longer the establishment RINO versus the unpopular liberal. It has become what it was in 2010, a referendum on Obamacare. So far, conservatives are up 1-0 when it comes to elections on Obamacare.
Eugene Robinson, in an article suggesting that the Supreme Court decision will heal America, said that the decision was bad for Mitt Romney. I think we can say with confidence that this sentiment is wishful thinking on the part of the Left. The election is no longer about Romney. It is no longer about RINOs or Republicans either. As of 10:30am on June 28th, this election is about one thing:
Filed under: Mitt Romney, President Obama, TEA Party Tagged: | 5-4, Barack Obama, establishment, eugene robinson, john roberts, kennedy, Mainstream Media, Mitt Romney, not obama, obama, Obamacare, PAC, repeal, repeal and replace, Republican, republican establishment, roberts, Romney, supreme court, tea, Tea Party, Washington post