As much as we would all like to believe that judges are not influenced in any way by politics, the real world just doesn’t work that way. Those who sit on the bench can’t help but be influenced by the philosophies they have developed over their entire lives. So with the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision to hear arguments about the fate of President Obama’s health care plan, we can all brace ourselves for a firestorm of rhetoric from pundits, commentators and strategists, many of whom will see a sinister plot in the entire episode. Compounding this is the fact that the high court’s ruling will be handed down in a presidential election year and Republicans are expected to make “Obamacare” a prime issue in the race for the White House. Their contention is that the federal government doesn’t have the right to require everyone to buy health insurance, and it is that issue around which the nine justices will issue their ruling.
It’s no secret that the court is now tilted to the right, and Democratic strategist Paul Begala, who’s a regular fixture on political talk shows, is already sounding alarms, saying that if the Supreme Court rules against Obamacare, Democratic voters will be left “up in arms.” Democrats are still crying foul over the court’s decision in the 2000 Bush-Gore campaign, claiming the election was hijacked. We have little idea about the legal soundness of the Obama health plan, but if five of the nine justices decide it doesn’t meet legal standards, we can all look forward to an endless diatribe against the highest court in the land.