Perhaps, conservatives are so upset this morning because they had expected the Supreme Court to overturn at least the individual mandate. And maybe I’m more sanguine than most because I had thought the court would uphold the unpopular law.
Indeed, on Facebook, liberal blogress Pam Spaulding is having a field day mocking some over-the-top conservative reaction. And this perhaps is her day to exult — as it for others on the left. Exult they may, but their victory is most Pyrrhic.
Conservatives shouldn’t be so downcast.
For example, on Facebook, I’m learning of a surge in donations to the Romney campaign and GOP, even from conservatives once critical of the now-presumptive Republican nominee. (Seems he’s already raked it $1.5 million.)
Bear in mind that Obamacare remains unpopular — and the court upheld it by calling the mandate to be a tax. The court delivered a great campaign line to the president’s opponents.
Overturning the law would have rallied the president’s base. Now, conservatives are energized. And have better ground to dub the president a tax-hiker. Bad policy this may be, but it’s worse politics for the Democrats. They now have to defend it before voters who don’t much like it. And will have a harder time fighting the charge that Obama has hiked taxes on the middle class.
Democrats today lost an occasion to energize their base. Meanwhile, conservatives are fired up. Plus it seems, the Chief Justice carefully crafted his opinion to limit the scope of the Commerce Clause, making it easier to challenge federal legislation as beyond the purview of the constitution.