Sunday, June 28, 2015
Writing at The Week, conservative pundit Matt K. Lewis says “John Roberts abandoned conservatives” in King v. Burwell and abandoned “the conservative legal philosophy [he] is supposed to hold true to.”
In a word, no. John Roberts may have infuriated many conservatives, but that’s not the same thing as abandoning his conservative legal philosophy. In fact, when you take a closer look, you’ll find that Roberts’ behavior in the two Obamacare cases is quite consistent with one particular school of conservative legal thought. That school is committed to the idea of judicial deference.