“Nobody ever went to a ballgame to see the umpire.” Those were the words of now Chief Justice John Roberts as he introduced himself to the nation at his 2005 confirmation hearings. The statement was a follow up to his analysis that, “judges are like umpires,” meaning that they [judges] do not make the rules, they simply apply them. In the fall of 2012, however, Robert’s insights lose a bit of traction. Okay, so maybe baseball fans still don’t watch the umpires that carefully, but we all now realize how valuable those professional football refs are!
When it comes to refereeing the law of the land, the surprising June 28th Obamacare decision had us all talking. As the Supreme Court returns to the bench this week to weigh such visceral issues as who gets to go to college, get married, and vote, we’ll all continue to monitor the outcomes with keen interest. But June’s landmark decision did more than surprise us. It illustrated just how difficult it is to quickly boil down complicated news on the fast-paced schedule our information culture now demands. If you remember, even the Obama White House initially got the story wrong, thinking the Court had completely struck down the healthcare mandate.
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