There is no possibility for surprise and no pretense at it even. Was Bush v. Gore a surprise to you? Will the current Supreme Court hand President Obama and the Democrats a formidable victory in an election year?
Not a chance. That's why two thirds of the American public now believe the Court, instead of being impartial guardians of the rule of law, are in fact ruled by the convective politics of the individual judges.
That's also why it's public approval has plummeted to a historic low. The endless 5-4 decisions on almost every critical issue that have come before the Court have seen to that.
We live in the era of a Tea Party conservatism that is ideologically extreme, that scoffs at any compromise, and that dismisses out of the hand the legitimacy of its political opposition. There is no reason to expect that this Court will do anything other than reflect the current ideological viewpoints of contemporary Tea Party conservatism.
According to the New York Times in its first five years the Roberts court issued conservative decisions 58 percent of the time. And in the term ending a year ago, the rate rose to 65 percent, the highest number in any year since at least 1953.
It seems important to point out that American health care provision is already seen as an international disgrace (50.7 million have no health insurance at all) but I see no urgency among conservatives to change it.
That's why, just a year ago in Los Angles, a scene like this was unremarkable: 'They came with rotting teeth, tiered glasses and broken bodies. In the predawn darkness outside the Los Angeles Sports Arena, they lined up last year by the thousands, waiting as the sun burned their backs for healthcare they could not afford.'
You can read the rest HERE if you need a reminder of what life will be like without the protection of Obamacare. Sadly, if the Affordable Care Act is overturned today you can expect that neither party will be willing to touch the issue for years.
So today most conservatives will probably celebrate a 'historic' ruling.
For the rest of you, you're living in a brave new conservative world where more of you will soon lose your company health insurance, or your premiums will rise as your benefits shrink, and more and more of you will skip medical treatments at all because of the cost. For the rest of you my advice is simple: never grow old and never get sick.