Glenn Reynolds writing for the Washington Examiner:
Given that the Democrats won by 5-4 instead of losing by 5-4, we can expect all these complaints about activist judging to be shelved until the next big case. But while talk of the Supreme Court's legitimacy may fade, I'd like to talk about something related: The damage that Obamacare did to the legitimacy of the other two branches of government.
With the focus on the Supreme Court's opinion, it's easy to forget the sleazy way that Obamacare was passed. But the Supreme Court itself points out one key aspect. Though President Obama pooh-poohed the idea that the mandate was a tax, the Supreme Court found that, in fact, it was.
And if the executive branch's treatment of Obamacare was characterized by lies, the legislative branch didn't look any better. Obamacare, remember, was rammed through in the teeth of popular opposition; when the special election victory of Scott Brown meant that Democrats no longer had a filibuster-proof majority in the Senate, the bill was squeezed through via a "reconciliation" procedure under the fiction that it was a budget bill, not substantive legislation.
LINK: government at it's worst