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The Week: Root wrote “craziest thing” about SCOTUS ACA decision

Ryu Spaeth of The Week wrote this afternoon that a piece for The Blaze by Wayne Allyn Root suggesting that Chief Justice John Roberts was “blackmailed” into writing his majority opinion “was the craziest thing written” about the Supreme Court’s ruling on Affordable Care Act subsidies.

The piece calls Root “the Libertarian Party’s vice presidential candidate in 2008.” Both Root and 2008 LP presidential nominee Bob Barr have since reaffiliated with the Republican Party.

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  1. paulie paulie September 9, 2015

    Well, at least he’s consistent.

  2. Root's Teeth Are Awesome Root's Teeth Are Awesome June 27, 2015

    Wayne Allyn Root: “Congratulations to supporters of gay marriage. Biggest day in history of DIVORCE LAWYERS. Good luck.”

    Typical Root. His statement is carefully phrased, intentionally ambiguous, and can mean anything.

    Root “congratulates” supporters of gay marriage, followed by a snarky, sarcastic comment from which one might infer that he actually opposes gay marriage.

    Root’s statement offers much wiggle room. It leaves him open to courting both libertarians and religious conservatives. He remains free to “clarify” his statement at some future date, depending on which way the political wind blows, and which group’s business he wishes to solicit.

  3. independent voter independent voter June 27, 2015

    Being a turd and being blackmailed are not mutually exclusive propositions by any means. This embarassing decision was of course just the after-dinner mint to the original Obamacare decision. It was there that the circumstantial evidence of blackmail was too big to ignore. Roberts had written a majority decision against Obamacare before he switched sides at the last minute.

    It remains amusing to see a Republican like Root act more radical in a realpolitik way than so many milquetoast LPibertarians afraid to accuse the scumbags in DC of real, personal corruption.

  4. Sean Scallon Sean Scallon June 27, 2015

    I guess the best one can say about WAR is he’s the Ted Cruz of Libertarians…assuming he’s not a Republican next week.

    John Roberts is a conservative in the literal sense of the word: he upheld the status quo. And the status quo was whatever the business community wanted. Why anyone thought after upholding Obamacare the first time he would move to void it the second time is beyond me.

  5. Andy Craig Andy Craig June 26, 2015

    From the available data thus far, gay and lesbian couples have a lower divorce rate. That will no doubt trend towards equalizing over time, but in the short term a couple in their 60s who have been together and wanting to marry for decades, is a lot less likely to file for a divorce than newlywed twenty-somethings, much less shotgun weddings (I’ve never heard of a gay shotgun wedding 😉 ) Gay couples are also less likely to have children, and custody disputes are a big part of divorce lawyer work. Then there’s the obvious point that even at the most generously implausible demographic estimates, the number of same-sex marriages will always be dwarfed by the number of opposite-sex marriages.

    It’s a funny quip, and it certainly isn’t bad for business so far as divorce lawyers go. But the idea that they’ll be walking away with some huge new windfall isn’t really true. I really doubt any of them are changing their business plans because of it.


    Maybe Aqua Buddha is busy planning his next Presbyterian tent revival to reverse America’s moral crisis.

  6. paulie paulie June 26, 2015

    I think palimony has been a thing for some years now.

  7. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt June 26, 2015

    Thanks, Paulie! Surprisingly, I don’t disagree with him!

  8. paulie paulie June 26, 2015

    I can’t wait to read what Wayne has to say about this morning’s announcement on marriage equality!

    Ask and ye shall receive;

    Wayne Allyn Root
    6 hrs ·

    Congratulations to supporters of gay marriage. Biggest day in history of DIVORCE LAWYERS. Good luck.

  9. paulie paulie June 26, 2015

    He’s conferring with the Aqua Buddha and his inner circle of advisers in a dimly lit, smoky room.

  10. Andy Craig Andy Craig June 26, 2015

    Speaking of RLC et al, Rand Paul’s silence is conspicuous today. I think he’s the only candidate, who hasn’t had a response at all.

  11. Jill Pyeatt Jill Pyeatt June 26, 2015

    I can’t wait to read what Wayne has to say about this morning’s announcement on marriage equality!

  12. paulie paulie June 26, 2015

    Of course the criminal totalitarian Roberts is being blackmailed.

    LOL. Why would you think he would need to be blackmailed? He is a big enough turd to come up with something this twisted without being coerced.

  13. Robert Capozzi Robert Capozzi June 26, 2015

    Many/most Supreme Court decisions come down to legal technicalities and which legal theory a justice applies to the technicalities. With a few notable exceptions, SCOTUS opinions generally defer the will of Congress and to practical considerations.

    And this is true of Congress as well. Even if the GOP could get the votes to repeal ObamaCare, they know that Obama would veto any such legislation, and that could lead to government “shutdowns” that has hurt them electorally in the past. Looks to me like they’ve outsourced the effort to the Courts, and that’s not working, either.

  14. independent voter independent voter June 25, 2015

    Good for Root. Of course the criminal totalitarian Roberts is being blackmailed.

    & Sarwark above is laughably misinformed if he thinks this decision had anything to do with “upholding the law.” The whole point of the decision was to allow the White House to ignore the law.

  15. Joseph Buchman Joseph Buchman June 25, 2015

    This decision is, IMO, not at all surprising. Parsing “State” v “state” – really? Can a State (one of the 50) not defer to the state (the feds) for its program.

    Obamacare is a destructive mess, to be sure. Private property, profit seeking, the innovations of free markets and competition gave us the best care possible (or could have). This destroys that — but IMO nomoreso than the federal health care mess (self-created crisis) that began with Roosevelt and exploded under Johnson and W. Bush. There’s really nothing new here.

    Or so it seems to me.

  16. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp June 25, 2015


    The Republicans have controlled the US House of Representatives since January 1, 2011. Since the first budget that Congress approved, not one thin dime of federal money has been spent without the Republican majority first appropriating it for the purpose on WHICH it was spent.

    My latest Garrison Center column expands on why the SCOTUS ruling is the best possible outcome for the GOP’s 2016 prospects. Unfortunately I hit the 500-word limit before I could work in an explicit “vote Libertarian” angle.

  17. Nicholas Sarwark Nicholas Sarwark June 25, 2015

    It’s kind of sad that he believes that Roberts et al are conservatives who really want to do something else but are being blackmailed, rather than the simpler explanation that they really do want the law to stand and are willing to contort their decision to get that outcome.

    The Republican Congress fully funded Obamacare (despite their symbolic repeal votes in the House) and the Republican appointee dominated Supreme Court upheld the law after the states called the Federal government’s bluff on not setting up exchanges.

    It’s disappointing, perhaps, but it’s usually a safe assumption that people are doing what they want to do.

  18. Thomas L. Knapp Thomas L. Knapp June 25, 2015

    Ah. That explains it. I don’t know why, but I always seem to give Root more credit for believing what he says than he probably deserves.

  19. Root's Teeth Are Awesome Root's Teeth Are Awesome June 25, 2015

    Thomas, the article you cite explains why Root’s “upset” about the SCOTUS decision:

    “The Republicans make their political hay by complaining about ObamaCare, not by actually doing anything about it.”

    So Root is upset, not because he is upset, but because being publicly upset is how he cashes in on the SCOTUS decision.

    He and all the other GOP politicians and Conservative, Inc. pundits.

  20. Root's Teeth Are Awesome Root's Teeth Are Awesome June 25, 2015

    If you lurked at the Neocon site, Free Republic, you’d know that many on the Right (Neocons, Tradcons, Theocons, even some Libertarians) have long believed that Roberts is being blackmailed. They’ve posted about this for years, especially after Roberts’s decisions on gay marriage and Obamacare (last year).

    If this is the first Root has written about it, he’s a Johnny-come-lately to Roberts Blackmail Conspiracy Theory. But then, like a classic politician, Root always waits to see which way his customer base is going, before running to the front of the crowd to “lead” them.

    Free Republic was also a hotbed of Birther conspiracy mongering, so it’s no surprise that Root’s been drawing water from their well. (Or from the same wells as the denizens of Free Republic.)

    Free Republic features all sorts of bizarre conspiracy theories, many of which seem to have a surprisingly large number of followers. Lurk there, and you’ll “learn” about:

    * Hillary Clinton’s lesbian love affair with the Muslim Huma Weiner.

    * Barak Obama’s gay bathhouse days, whose witnesses were assassinated on his orders.

    It’s a crazy site.

  21. Chuck Moulton Chuck Moulton June 25, 2015

    I don’t know why people think Roberts is conservative. He is a classic neocon: he believes in an executive branch with unlimited power. That’s why Bush appointed him, and it’s how he rules on cases.

    Thomas, Alito, and Scalia are the conservatives on the court. Kennedy is a bit all over the map.

    Scalia’s dissent is epic btw… well worth a read. Textualism at its finest.

  22. paulie paulie June 25, 2015

    Yes, although there’s other people who could have done it.

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