I think this places the central issue of the election very clearly in front of the voters: Do you believe that the government ought to have more power over your life, or do you think it should have less? The Supreme Court is not going to save us against our own poor electoral decisions, if the people we elect go on to pass foolish taxes. Conservatives cannot rely on the Supreme Court as a backstop. So I think you will see the Tea Party movement revived, less focused on internecine battles and more focused again on the fundamental questions of the role of government.Emphasis mine. Chief Justice Dread Pirate Roberts said as much yesterday:
Members of this Court are vested with the authority to interpret the law; we possess neither the expertise nor the prerogative to make policy judgments. Those decisions are entrusted to our Nation’s elected leaders, who can be thrown out of office if the people disagree with them. It is not our job to protect the people from the consequences of their political choices.Again, emphasis mine. Or, as H. L. Mencken put it many years ago:
Democracy is the theory that the common people know what they want, and deserve to get it good and hard.A whole lot of common people thought they knew what the wanted in 2008. Yesterday those people, and the rest of us, got it good and hard.