But the spin omits a darker side to the controlling opinion authored by the chief justice—a side that when exposed shows that little has changed in the overall long-term political and constitutional direction of the Roberts Court. That direction remains very much on target, aimed at shifting the balance of constitutional authority away from the federal government, at least as far as social programs are concerned, in favor of more conservative and cash-poor state governments in a return to a pre-New Deal era form of federalism that in the process advances and protects the interests of corporations above all other segments of society....Roberts ruling is a crucial victory for the anti-federalist because it established "the Roberts rule" as a new standard with respect to federal constitutional powers. “All of this represents ...a fundamental departure from how most law professors viewed constitutional law.” The Constitution is a framework of institutional rules for governing. This framework stands in need of interpretation and this falls to the Supreme Court. Landmark decisions establish rules governing "the rules."
So although conservatives are railing against Chief Justice Roberts for selling them out to [fill in favorite conspiracy theory], this ruling was a big victory for conservatives and states-righters.
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The Dark Side of the Roberts' Ruling
by Bob Blum