5-4 Breakdown: John Roberts Shocks the World, Joins the Left

5-4 Breakdown: John Roberts Shocks the World, Joins the Left

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The breakdown of this morning’s decision on the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, was surprising.  Everyone expected Associate Justice Anthony Kennedy to be the Court’s swing vote.  He was not.

In the majority were John Roberts, Elena Kagan, Sonia Sotomayor, Stephen Breyer, and Ruth Bader Ginsburg.  In the minority were Antonin Scalia, Sam Alito, Clarence Thomas, and interestingly, Anthony Kennedy.

Chief Justice John Roberts, who was appointed to the Supreme Court by President George W. Bush in 2005, sided with the liberal members of the Court.  He wrote the majority opinion.  The conservative members of the court wrote that the health care law was unconstitutional.

LAUREN VICTORIA BURKE, Politic365 Managing Editor, publishes the blog Crewof42 on the Congressional Black Caucus.  She can be heard every Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET on WMCS 1290 in Milwaukee on Earl Ingram’s show The Evening Rush as well as on WPFW 89.3 every Friday at 6:30 p.m. Ms. Burke is a former employee of USA Today, ABC News and Associated Press.  You can e-mail her at LBurke007@gmail.com follow her on twitter at @crewof42.

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